Monday, October 27, 2008
Rivelino Diaz Bernal and Alex Brown
Neither Artnet nor the Madrid-based Artelandia gallery website mention much about Rivelino Diaz Bernal, but his photographed sculptures are very similar to what Jill Therrien was doing back when she attended CSUEB. Unfortunately, only a handful of Bernal's works are findable via Google, including those hosted by Artnet, but what little is there is certainly interesting.
Alex Brown, on the other hand, has a modicum of biographical data on Artnet and can be found online far more easily than Bernal. According to these sources, Brown was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1966, and received his BFA from New York's Parsons School of Design in 1991. In 2002, he exhibited at the Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami, but his section on the gallery's website has since been taken down. "The New York Times" suggests that "the tension between abstraction and illusion in his pictures...is most arresting," and, when one examines how Brown combines representational elements with pure geometric abstraction, this point tends to hold up. Admittedly, the examples hosted on Artnet tend to lose their illusory quality at close viewing, but this may be part of the tension that the "Times" mentions.