Daily Dose Pick: Brian Alfred

Brian Alfred makes colorful paintings, cut-paper collages, and animated videos that explore the power, influence, and conflict portrayed in mass media.

Sampling images like a DJ uses tracks, Alfred digitally alters photographs of revolutionaries, visionaries, and sites of upheaval to construct a body of work that celebrates flatness, while subliminally promoting social change. From portraits of Al Gore to imagined views of Attica, Alfred projects a pared-down world of new possibilities.

Visit Brian Alfred’s website, view his current exhibition at Haunch of Venison in New York, read an interview, and watch a selection of his animated videos on YouTube.

Brian Alfred, Al Gore, 2009. Mixed media on paper, 12 x 9 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York
Brian Alfred, Riot!, 2009. Mixed media on paper, 10.75 x 9.88 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York
Brian Alfred, Lumumba, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York
Brian Alfred, Aung Suu Kyi, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York
Brian Alfred, Oppenheimer, 2009. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 80 x 60 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York
Brian Alfred, Attica, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 74 x 90 in., Courtesy Haunch of Venison, New York