Today’s world is one of disproportionate amounts of admonitions in which the prevailing atmosphere is dominated by devastating radical incidences as indicators of perhaps global warming and the disintegration of civilization. The embodiment of this work serves as a translation of vague unconscious dreams of catastrophe’s mixed with the haunting recollections of disasters seen in film, television, newspapers or the web. Both fiction and reality generates these visions of imaginary scenarios of iconographic contemporary architecture that will eventually become ruins. Collectively and sequentially, these compositions are heavily influenced by the prints and engravings of Giovanni Batttista Piranesi’s (1720- 1778) image renditions of Rome after its collapse. Piranesi illustrated the beauty of Roman buildings being taken over by nature and the post destruction of Rome, after it had been persistently sacked by the Germanic Tribes. The main modus operandi of this series is the use of diagrams, exemplifying the deterioration of possible moments of the future through enamel painted fired glass. The painted glass layers of flowing ink lines, inspired by Japanese calligraphy, graphically depict the venues, which are subsequently placed into stratums and then contained in acrylic boxes to simulate a peering window of a fabricated progression of time. Fragile as the world’s jarring fractions and events, these display windows transparently render imagined forecasts of moments.
Artist Bio / CV
Helen Brough is a British painter, drawer, sculptor, and installation artist. Educated at Chelsea School of Art in London, achieving B.A.Honors First Class and a M.A in sculpture.
Her awards in England include the Prix de Rome prize at the British school in Rome,and the Prince Charles travel scholarship.The Soros foundation has funded her exhibitions in Romania and Hungary. In America she has received funding from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
In 2003 she had her first solo show in New York City at Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art in Tribeca. Since then she has been awarded a Triangle residency for 6 months in DUMBO / Brooklyn, NY and selected for the Triangle workshop in 2004.
Group exhibitions include; Projects "04 at the Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York;" Building Blocks, New Jersey, NJ; A.A.F fair with Lamont Editions, New York; the London Art Fair, with Waterhouse and Dodd and "American Exposure" Curated by Michel Allen, Memphis, TN
In May 2006 the permanent sculpture commission "Emulated Flora" opened at 70 Washington Street, DUMBO / Brooklyn, NY. This piece was commissioned by Jane and David Walentas. In November 2006 until February 2007 a Solo Exhibition "Cataclysmic Hypotheses" was at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.
In February 2007 a two person exhibition of new drawings and glass pieces was held at Allen Gallery in Chelsea New York.
Many exhibitions are planned for the upcoming year, please email for more information.
She presently lives and works in New York.