Brian Belott Exhibition

Gavin Brown (291 Grand St.)

poster for Brian Belott Exhibition

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“I’ve always liked the lost archaeological data, stuff that is not the main event, not the top of the box, but
just someone’s pocketbook that fell during an opera.” – Brian Belott

On November 15, Gavin Brown’s enterprise will open a solo exhibition of Brian Belott, the artist’s second
show at GBE.

A main feature in the exhibition will be Belott’s never-before-exhibited frozen artworks – compositions of
commercial grade ultra-color derived from the detritus of a culture of consumption. These works, made
from store bought materials embedded in solid H2O, are installed in industrial freezers throughout the

Other series by Belott, such as Puuuuuuuuuffs, will also be on view. The works are over-stuffed paper
sandwiches, bursting with thick cotton batting, handmade and found objects – such as box fans and blow
dryers, all switched on throughout the duration of the show.

Additional works featured in the exhibition will include Belott’s sand and rock encrusted calculators and
remotes. Belott gives these moribund technological gadgets new life – erasing their original functions and
transforming them with extracts from the earth into talismans filled with potential magic.

Selected Mustard Drawings, Ch-ch-ch-chowder Jackets, Shower Drawings, artist books, as well as
various drawings, collages and paintings that blend decorative absurdity with cultivated formalism will
also be on view.

Brian Belott is the self-appointed “Master of Discard.” He scours thrift shops and 99 cent stores for
materials to manipulate through paintings, collages and performances that breathe new life into the
banality of everyday existence. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and institutions
such as Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; White Columns, New York; the Museum of Modern Art,
New York; CANADA Gallery, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; MoCAD, Detroit; The Aldrich
Museum, Ridgefield; and Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne. Recent solo performances include those
at the Serpentine Galleries, London (2016) and Performa 17, New York (2017). Belott’s work is currently
included in the exhibitions An Unstoppable Force at the COBRA Museum, Amstelveen and The Artist Is
Present at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. In January 2019, Belott will curate a show featuring works by
child educator, scholar and artist Rhoda Kellogg at White Columns, New York. Belott (b. 1973 in East
Orange, New Jersey) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



from November 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019

Opening Reception on 2018-11-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Brian Belott

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