March 17, 2013

Brion Nuda Rosch: From vernacular to monumental and back

San Francisco artist Brion Nuda Rosch recycles detritus from daily life to create freestanding constructions and small collages that he considers "monuments for the everyday." Pages from old art books, a covered ceramic bust, cut forms, and ephemera scavenged at construction sites are disassembled and recombined in surprisingly elegant and amusing configurations. Scarecrow images paired with modernist sculptures turn the monumental into the vernacular, geometric chips of color pasted onto images of vast landscapes turn small scraps into monuments. The show came down last week, but the images are worth a look.



Brion Nuda Rosch, Always Wore a Tie Always Wore a Smile, 2012, found book page on found book page 11 ½ x 9 inches.

Brion Nuda Rosch, Two Masks One Head Make Face, 2012, acrylic, book page, paper, wood, unfired clay, frame, overall: 58 5/8 x 24 x 3 1/2 inches.

The other side of Two Masks One Head Make Face.

Brion Nuda Rosch, Figure on Stand on Stand, 2012, acrylic, book page, paper, wood, unfired clay, frame overall: 45 x 9 x 3 1/2 inches.

 The other side of Figure on Stand on Stand.

Brion Nuda Rosch, This Painting Has Been Painted Many Times Before, 2012, acrylic on canvas
approx. 13 x 9 inches.
Brion Nuda Rosch, Monolith of Covered Bust, 2011, reclaimed ceramic, acrylic, plaster.

Brion Nuda Rosch at DCKT, installation view.

Image at top: Brion Nuda Rosch, Sign Post Tomorrow, 2012, found material on found book page, 6 ½ x 4 inches.

"Brion Nuda Rosch," DCKT, Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through March 10, 2013.

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