Brad Downey. Slapstick Formalism

Process, Project, Object

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Brad Downey. Slapstick Formalism
Process, Project, Object

Text(s) by Alain Bieber, Jimmie Durham, Lukas Feireiss, Matthew Murphy, Rafael Schacter, Angelique Spaninks, Jennifer Thatcher, Hrag Vartanian, Marc Wellmann, Ed Zipco, graphic design by Matthias Hübner


2020. 456 pp., 620 ills.


24.00 x 32.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4773-8

Subversive Public Art

Using humor, sensitivity, and precise interventions, the American artist Brad Downey investigates the underlying structure of our cities, our landscapes, our sacred sites, as well as the forgotten peripheries and contested borders. In the process he weaves entirely new narratives with their chaotic patterns, obscuring the separation between art and everyday life. Slapstick Formalism presents a synopsis of his overall multifaceted oeuvre: sculptures, architecture, performances, installations, films, drawings, collages, and activism, each of which is inspired by the objects and activities of daily life.

BRAD DOWNEY (*1980, Louisville) is a Berlin-based artist from Kentucky. He studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City, and the Slade School of Art in London. His radical, inspiring works of art, which he creates around the world, generally in the public space, are of a strongly socio-critical, performative character.

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