The principle interest of my studio practice is the exploration of the fine line between the forgotten or overlooked moment and the fetishized memory as simultaneously seen through the filters of portraiture in the west, snapshot photography and the contemporary cultural phenomenon of constant surveillance. Inevitably it also addresses memory, as it is known through photography, and questions if these moments represent truth or fiction.
Through this work I mine the landscape of the common, the mundane, the banal, and the fragmented as they are presented in the context of notation, documentation and memory. It navigates the intersection of the overabundant surveilled image and the poignancy of the intimate vignette or home movie. Implied narratives and contexts are generated on the margins, between the images and outside the frame. The resulting images appear disjunctive and out-of-context, alluding to the “lost” images on a roll of film, the in-between moments and the “throwaway” image - the mistake.
Artist Bio / CV
b. 1971 in Memphis, TN; lives and works in Boston, MA
Brian Bishop attended The School of Visual Arts in New York, NY; Memphis College of Art in Memphis, TN [BFA 1993]; and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI [MFA 1995]. Prior to joining the faculty at Framingham State College in 2008, he taught at The University of Alabama, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Memphis, and Memphis College of Art. In addition to his teaching experience he has also served as Director and Curator of the Art Workers Union/Plan B Gallery in Memphis and as Director of Exhibitions at Memphis College of Art.
He has exhibited his work in 22 states including solo exhibitions at the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, TN; The University of Delaware in Newark, DE; Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR; Artspace in Raleigh, NC; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and at Youngblood Gallery in Atlanta, GA. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI; Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA; Rawspace, New York, NY; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC; The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE; Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN; Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art in Jacksonville, FL; City Without Walls in Newark, NJ; The Art Museum of The University of Memphis; Musawwir Art Space in Midland Park, NJ and the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT . His work was also featured in the inaugural exhibition at Gallery 111 in Johannesburg, South Africa.