DIMENSIONS 26" x 20" MEDIUM acrylic and gold mica flakes on archival pigment print
image size 18" x 24"; paper size 26" x 20"
Series of 15, 2020
Each work is uniquely hand-embellished by the artist
Signed by the artist on front
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ABOUT THE WORK
Life, now on view all around us. It is summer, it is 2020, and yet 'summer 2020' has an odd ring of forbearance. For nothing is the same. And yet - joy is everlasting, a most fundamental pursuit, all the more sweet when experienced as a respite, fresh cold water in the heat. Marcus Brutus creates paintings that are like this; like sites of solace, like the inspirational relief associated with feeling seen. Brutus collapses histories and cultural references the way one moment in your life distills the entirety of existence, with subtlety and in color. His patiently rendered portraits of black American life and identity swell with a sense of regality and quiet unrest, when the act of being alive is also an act of revolution. In Deep, our new collaboration with Brutus featuring one print edition of 50 and one unique series of 15, a lone figure dives headfirst into a body of water, witnessed by rows of palm trees and a glowing sunset in the distance. Close your eyes, let it wash over you. Little by little details transform, not every dive results in the same splash and sometimes the environment changes entirely. Art exists beyond the frame and Brutus directs our perspective to worlds that matter.
Marcus Brutus has held three solo exhibitions with Harper’s Books, including The Truth That Never Hurts, which is on view through July 14, 2020. He has been featured in group exhibitions at RAMP Gallery (London), Phillips (New York), Rental Gallery (East Hampton), Library Street Collective (Detroit), and PLUS-ONE Gallery (Antwerp). Brutus’ first monograph, Marcus Brutus: The Uhmericans, was published by Harper’s Books in 2019 and features an essay by Antwaun Sargent.
*Please note that each piece is uniquely embellished. Some works in the series are embellished with acrylic and some works are embellished with both acrylic and gold mica flakes*
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