Exposing Strange Logics: Brad Downey

Un-Stitching Karl 2007 :: Berlin, Germany

There are multitudes of signals and systems that govern our cities and imperceptibly determine our everyday movement. Artist Brad Downey stakes a claim for the right of the individual to interpret and understand these systems, and thus regain power in the public arena.

As a public, we are acclimatized to these signs and beacons, and their subtle manipulation and proliferation can go undetected. Brad Downey, via his art, shines a light on this institutional regulation of public behavior. By wider awareness of these controls, his viewing public, he hopes, will gain greater understanding of his own urban and social situation.

Subtle, comic and very often provocative, Downey aims to surprise the viewer by illuminating how public and private property, and urban space and personal experience, overlap in an era of increasing privatization. He finds forgotten remnants of urban architecture to re-invent and rejuvenate. These are then re-inserted into the everyday landscape. The works are a temporary disruption, usually remaining in place for as short a time as a few minutes, but also sometimes becoming a permanent fixture in the landscape of the metropolis. — excerpted from Brad Downey’s Biography

Castles Beneath Cities 2008

Negative Spaces Save The Day 2006 Up-Sign-Down 2004 :: Atlanta, Georgia

Holler Back & I Hear You Bro 2003 :: Brooklyn, New York

The Beginning and The End 2010 :: Hamburg, Germany

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