• Compression. Tension. Suspension
  • minimalistmania
  • Hickory Sticks
  • The Stir City Piece
  • Jonathan Brilliant : On Site
  • The Mankato Piece
  • The Clarksville Piece
  • Building a Universe
  • The Red Stick Piece
  • The HQ Piece
  • Campaign of Good Fortune
  • Out Of The Box
  • Woven Structure
  • In Tension.
  • Woven and Stacked.
  • The Cairns Piece
  • To Weave. To Stack. To Stain.
  • Make Ends Meet
  • Fine Lines, Found Textures, and First Impressions.
  • Weaving, Stacking, and Staining
  • Stick, Stack, Show
  • Have Sticks Will Travel @Artprize 2011
  • Field of Good Fortune
  • Two Rooms
  • Projecting the Sky So It can See Itself
  • Have Sticks Will Travel: Finale
  • The Bumbershoot Piece
  • Iced Beverage Basket
  • Mas Alla de Las Pallabras
  • The Ross Family Piece
  • Have Sticks Will Travel@18Rabbit
  • The Arkadelphia Piece
  • The Eternal Return Piece
  • Sticks, Straws, Sleeves & Lids
  • The Morton Piece
  • The Berlin Piece
  • The Memphis Piece
  • The Norman Piece
  • Vibrating Coffee Cups with Mocha Tone Generator
  • The City Gallery Piece
  • Big Water Bottle Basket
  • The Orangeburg Piece
  • The Dam Stuhltrager Piece
  • The Sumter Piece
  • Steel Constructions
  • Coffee cups
  • Rust Never Sleeps, 2006
  • Goldsworthy of the Coffee Shop
  • The Crushed Piece
  • Wire and Wood Constructions
  • Make Ends Meet

    June 1-July 21, 2012

    Raleigh, NC

    Make Ends Meet; Jonathan Brilliant, Mathew Curran, Olek
    Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC

    From the exhibition Catalog essay by Lauren Turner:

    Henry Moore is credited with saying, “There’s no retirement for an artist; it’s your way of living, so there’s no end to it.” Moore’s words outline art making not simply as profession, but as compulsion. Make Ends Meet is an exhibition that celebrates the repetition of a daily grind, as it features the incredibly inventive, yet remarkably labor-intensive works of Jonathan Brilliant, Mathew Curran, and Olek. Only compulsion could inspire these artists to employ the countless connections, cuts, and knots necessary to create their works.

    Jonathan Brilliant’s oeuvre appropriates the throwaway accessories of the coffee shop – the wooden stirrers, the cardboard sleeves, and the plastic lids – to create tension-woven installations and an assortment of prints inspired by those installations. His large-scale forms, utilizing thousands of these often overlooked items, thread, engulf, and cocoon space. His concentration on such materials speaks not only to his personal attachment to the coffee shop; as he writes, “In my vision [of the installations as the “Goldsworthy of the coffee shop project”], the coffee shop is my natural environment and source of inspiration for materials.” It also demonstrates Ray Oldenburg’s urban sociology theory that locations like coffee shops are the “third place” in an active community, following the spheres of work and home. Brilliant’s installations give abstracted form to this third place. Because coffee shops are communal locations for sustenance and socialization, their contents are immediately recognizable to a wide audience. However, in his methodical, excruciatingly exacting constructions, Brilliant combines these items in such a fashion that he negates their seeming familiarity and insignificance. Their resulting beauty instead appears sublimely foreign.

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    The Flanders Piece, 2012
    Site-specific installation with 50,000 wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place and held by tension and 4,500 coffee cup sleeves stacked one inside of another to forma series of endless loops

    The GR Haze, 2011 – One color lithograph printed from aluminum plate with spray paint ground

    The GR Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on cotton rag

    The Milledgeville Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on bfk rives cream

    Sleeve Mandala, 2010 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on BFK Rives cream

    To The Center, 2010 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on BFK Rives cream