Paul Brainard’s My Body is a Grave

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October 17

Walking up to the brick façade of an industrial NYC building, the rumble of a freight elevator vibrates through the entrance until it creeeeeaks to a halt on street level.  The gate lifts.  Paul Brainard pushes one foot down onto the bottom half of the freight elevator door so I can climb inside.  Genial and quick, he leads me through a warren of artists’ studios, every space is spilling over with the alchemical instruments of the artist: tools, canvases, and paint.  Nestled against a large window is Paul’s studio with a drawing table and painting shelf.  After a few pleasantries, he reaches into a plywood painting rack and rotates with a golden frame that catches the evening light in a bloom of yellow.  The drawing inside is so thick with gunmetal tone graphite it hardly resembles paper.  Underneath glass, some images are suspended like intricate seahorses, in a thought-space, thick and transparent, like gelatin.  Other images appear to dance languidly on the metallic ground. Paul talks briefly, painfully, about how both his parents passed away this year.  He shows me a tattoo on his arm from an old New England gravestone rubbing.  Everything, the language, people in his life, and images in his drawings, are appearing and receding like a tide.  Paul addresses this topic we all eventually face with a solo show, My body is a grave, opening October 6th at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Albert Reyes & Group Show @ Guerrero Gallery

 

Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco is opening a big group show with tons of new work by some of your favorite artists such as graffiti icon Mike (Giant) LeSage, B/D featured artists Ryan Travis Christian and Cody Hudson, and even yours truly. If that’s not enough Albert Reyes will also be presenting a new body of work in the galleries project space! A sneak peak of the work in the show, press release, and dates after the jump.

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Paul Brainard’s Healthy Libido

Paul Brainard’s got a healthy libido, there’s no doubting that.   He mixes it up with junk food, memento mori, geometric abstraction and political anger to create work that seduces and repels.  Dredging into the murky area of what the French psychologist Jacques Lacan called “desire;” defined as: what you want after you’ve got everything you need.  Cue the Rolling Stones, I can’t get no (guitar riff) satisfaction.  Brainard is bad mofo with a pencil, after the jump there’s some tasty drawings.  You can see Paul’s work in SF at Guerrero Gallery, and in NYC at Allegra LaViola for the upcoming group show Pornucopia, which is running from Feb 4th to March 11th.