CHRISTOPHER BRUMFIELD : BLUE VIRUS: LANGUAGE FAILS
SECOND WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION: 03/13, 6 - 9 P.M.
artICULATE aRTIST tALK: sUNDAY, 03/10 AT 4 P.M.
With his second BRG exhibition, Blue Virus: Language Fails, ceramicist and installation artist Christopher Brumfield offers viewers his thoughts on communication and language in four parts. With these bodies of work, Brumfield draws inspiration from or gives nods to artists like Joseph Kosuth, Titian, and Clyde Connel; as well as writers such as E.E. Cummings, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Madeline L’Engle.
“One and Three Gnomes” is a mediation on the shapeshifting nature of language and what happens when one word can have three meanings.
“On the Origin of Barnacles” examines the birth of written communication, exploring how humans visualize things and the idea that the written word was born of pictures.
““Self-portrait as Marsyas” looks at the use of language to “tear at the skin and souls of your fellow humans and the scars left by these actions.”
Finally, “The Hall of Punishments,” is a meditation on using humor to survive the ambiguities of language and play with the meanings of words.
Memory has always played a significant role in Brumfield’s work. In recent years, his work has focused on dislocation, having his own notions about permanence altered over the past decade. His earliest sculptures sought to give physicality to childhood memories, which over time evolved into separate current focuses. Since 2014, Brumfield has served on the faculty at Baton Rouge Community College. His work has been exhibited throughout the southeast United States.
This exhibition is presented alongside the latest works from Paul Dean, Leslie Elliottsmith, and Tom Richard. All works from these four artists are on view, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (12 - 6 p.m., Tue - Sun) through March 27, 2019.