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Martin Brief
updated: 09/29/2013
website: www.martinbrief.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Success
Success (installation view)
Success (detail, for scale)
Amazon God, installation view
l. to r. Health, Mind and Body, Gay and Lesbian, Arts and Photography
Science (detail)
Science (detail)
January 2008
January 2008
January 2008 (detail)
Summer 2008 (from Artforum series)
Summer 2008 (detail)
afro-asiatic languages–afternoon (from Dictionary series)
aidance–air brick (from Dictionary series)
airbrush–airport of entry (from Dictionary series)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, conceptual, diagrammatic, geometric, language, meditative, systems, pattern, repetition, text
 
 
Success by Martin Brief
Success
ink on paper
2012
35" x  45" 
Success (installation view) by Martin Brief
Success (installation view)
ink on paper
2012
35" x  45" 
Success (detail, for scale) by Martin Brief
Success (detail, for scale)
ink on paper
2012
35" x  45" 
Amazon God, installation view by Martin Brief
Amazon God, installation view
ink on paper
2010
0" x  0" 
l. to r. Health, Mind and Body, Gay and Lesbian, Arts and Photography by Martin Brief
l. to r. Health, Mind and Body, Gay and Lesbian, Arts and Photography
ink on paper
2010
72 " x  20 " 
Science (detail) by Martin Brief
Science (detail)
ink on paper
2010
72" x  20" 
Science (detail) by Martin Brief
Science (detail)
ink on paper
2010
72" x  20" 
January 2008 by Martin Brief
January 2008
ink on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
January 2008 by Martin Brief
January 2008
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
January 2008 (detail) by Martin Brief
January 2008 (detail)
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Summer 2008 (from Artforum series) by Martin Brief
Summer 2008 (from Artforum series)
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Summer 2008 (detail) by Martin Brief
Summer 2008 (detail)
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
afro-asiatic languages–afternoon (from Dictionary series) by Martin Brief
afro-asiatic languages–afternoon (from Dictionary series)
ink on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
aidance–air brick (from Dictionary series) by Martin Brief
aidance–air brick (from Dictionary series)
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
airbrush–airport of entry (from Dictionary series) by Martin Brief
airbrush–airport of entry (from Dictionary series)
ink on paper
2008
0 " x  0 " 

Artist Statement

Success (2012)

This drawing depicts the definition of "success". It begins with the single word and its definition followed by the definition of every word in that definition. The process continues by defining every word in every definition related to the original word.

 

Amazon God (2010)

This series of 28 drawings is comprised of books with the word "god" in the title. The books were found by doing a search for the term "god" on Amazon.com. The search returned twenty-eight different categories and each drawing represents one of these categories.

 

Arforum Series (2007-2008)

This series is comprised of ten drawings, each representing a single issue of Artforum from September 2007 to Summer 2008. Each drawing is made by hand writing every name that appears in the corresponding issue of the magazine.

 

Dictionary Series (2006-ongoing)
The drawings in this series are made by tracing the blocks of text on each page of the dictionary. The project will be complete when I make one drawing for each page (2,662) of the dictionary.

Artist Bio / CV
Born

Chicago, Illinois

Education
MFA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Selected Exhibitions
2012
Success, Isolation Room/Gallery Kit, St. Louis, MO (solo)
And the Word Is . . ., Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
 
2011
Works on Paper, Danese, New York, NY
Text, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
 
2010
Amazon God, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
New Talent 2010, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA 
 
2009
Director’s Choice: Obsession, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
 
2008
Artforum Series, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO (solo)
Works on Paper, 511 Gallery, New York, NY
Spaces Between Spaces, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC
 
2007
Less is More, 511 Gallery, New York, NY
SCOPE Miami, Civilian Art Projects, Miami, FL
Simple, Dumb Objects, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD & 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2006
A—acneform, (The Dictionary Series), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (solo)
Martin Brief and Anna Cox: Coffee/Press, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL
Space of Change, D.C. Art Center, Washington, D.C.
Contained Art, Galerie Sei-un-do, Zurich, Switzerland
Glossolalia, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ


2005
You Are Here, Main Art Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo)
Illuminating Developments, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY
Radius 250, Artspace, Plant Zero Art Center, Richmond, VA
National Prize Show 2005, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Kentucky National 2005, Murray State University, Murray, KY

2004
Lost, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL (solo)


Selected Public Collections
Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Chicago, IL
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI
Special Collections, Washington University, St. Louis, MO