• 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
  • Stick, Stack, Show

    November 4-December 21, 2011

    Richmond, VA

    From the curator Caroline Cobb Wright:

    Jonathan Brilliant, incorporates materials associated with commercial coffee consumption-stir sticks, straws, sleeves, cups, and lids-to execute site-specific responsive installations. Brilliant collects materials from what he considers to be his natural environment: the coffee shop.

    Using a labor-intensive craft-based process, Brilliant created the central sculpture of Stick, Stack, Show, his first installation in Virginia , by weaving 70,000 wooden coffee stirrers using only tension and compression. Brilliant completed his first woven stir stick installation in 2006 and in 2009 inaugurated his “Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour.” The tour included a marathon series of site-specific installations constructed over eighteen months in thirteen galleries in three countries on two continents. The traveling materials crate used for the 2009-2010 world tour functions here both as an anchor for the stick sculpture and as a symbolic reference to the development of Brilliant’s current work, which “grew” from his previous installations.

    In addition to wooden stir sticks, Stick, Stack, Show includes thousands of coffee cup lids, sleeves, and straws that are arranged stacked, and conjoined to connect points within the installation. Prints including embossings of woven stirrers and collagraphs of cup sleeves serve to record materials of Brilliant’s installation process. The prints on view in this exhibition were created in eight different print shops located at the artist’s previous residencies. During Brilliant’s two-week residency here at the Visual Arts Center, he completed several inked stir stick embossings on site, two of which are included in the exhibition.

    All of the configured coffee-related materials incorporated within Brilliant’s  sculptural environment reflect his underlying impulse to render “drawings in space.” He states, “Central to all my work is an interest in patterning and mark-making fused with the use of pre and post-consumer manufactured materials and the use of rhythm and repetition to create installations, objects and works on paper.”


    The Richmond Piece, 2011 – 70,000 wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place and held by tension
    Product Configuration, 2011 – Black, White, and Brown coffee cup lids arranged on the wall
    Coffee Cup Sleeve (continuous loop), 2011 – 4500, coffee cup sleeves stacked one inside of another
    A Thin Green Line, 2011 – Iced coffee straws liberated from Richmond area Coffee shops
    The sounds of vibrating coffee cups, triggered by the amount of motion in the gallery, 2011 – found to-go coffee cups, wood, silver bullet personal massagers, cell phone chargers, motion detectors, custom wiring


    Sleeve Mandala, 2010 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on BFK Rives cream
    The Milledgeville Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on bfk rives cream
    The Rock Hill Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on bfk rives cream
    The Milledgeville Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on bfk rives cream
    The GR Haze, 2011 – One color lithograph printed from aluminum plate with spray paint ground
    Dots and Lines, 2011 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on domestic etch
    Sleeve Mandala (diptych), 2010 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on BFK Rives cream
    To The Center, 2010 – Coffee cup sleeve collagraph on BFK Rives cream
    18 Rabbit – Laser Cut Paper edition on card stock
    The GR Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick embossing on cotton rag
    The Richmond Impression, 2011 – Woven stir stick relief print with embossing


    Artist inspired by dynamics of Coffee Shop.-Jo Lord, Richmond Times Dispatch

    Coffee Culture, In Jonathan Brilliant’s hands sticks are stirring.- Amy Ritchie, Style Weekly