Travel Grant:

Awarded a travel grant by the The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage to visit the 56th La Biennale di Venezia.


Essay:

A Barbara Kasten-Inspired Disruption

In conjunction with the Center-funded Barbara Kasten: Stages, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania and on view through August 16, we explore the topic of artistic influence. In the piece that follows, 2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl reflects on his career beginnings and recalls how Kasten’s Construct works helped him “make some sense of the forces of the postmodern climate of the 1980s.” Wahl then demonstrates how his 2013 archival pigment print, At Odds With a Reflection, employs what the artist calls a “Kasten-inspired disruption.”

The Pew Center For Arts & Heritage

      Brent Wahl, At Odds With a Reflection, 2013

      Brent Wahl, At Odds With a Reflection, 2013


Book Cover:

Practice, Laynie Browne, 2015

Muquarnas, from 2005, is featured on the Cover of this new book of poetry. "Laynie Browne has written a wondrous guide book that doesn't show us where we have not yet been, but more importantly, more beautifully, returns us to where we are...Make no mistake, these poems each are small forms of best advice, showing that truest courage requires endless opening to the moment one is in. Lucky for us, the days come as these poems do, one following another, each promising that we have yet another chance to practice what matters most, to arrive in that exalted attention in which the mind's devotion and the arm's embrace and the body's nerves and the lung's deep breath are one. Browne is a poet unrivalled in the generosities she offers her readers, and so we have now, again, a book that knows the gift is in the work, and the work takes practice."—Dan Beachy-Quick

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Award:

Pew Center Awards Over $9M to Philadelphia Artists and Institutions                                                     

Philadelphia's Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced today the 2014 recipients of over $9 million in grants supporting local artists and cultural organizations. Several of the largest grants, at $360,000, will support upcoming exhibitions at institutions like the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).

The 49 individual grantees work in a variety of artistic mediums. They include visual artists Leroy Johnson and Brent Wahl, both of whom have been named Pew Fellows and will receive $60,000.

The Pew Center has been awarding grants since 1989, beginning as the Philadelphia Music Project and expanding, in 2005, to its current conglomeration of charitable programs honoring artists, choreographers, composers and others.

Art In America

          Brent Wahl, Drape, 2013

          Brent Wahl, Drape, 2013


Mount Airy Contemporary

Mount Airy Contemporary

Group Exhibit:
North by Northwest
Marginal Utility and Mount Airy Contemporary November 2013

Featuring artists: Andrea Hornick, Odili Odita, Josh Weiss, Talia Greene, Andrea Wohl Keefe, Laura Watt, Brent Wahl, Abbey Ryan, and Daniel Oliva.

Mount Airy Contemporary website
Marginal Utility website

 


photograph by James Welling, 0158, 2009

photograph by James Welling, 0158, 2009

Review:
Photography as a Medium and a Subject
Concept Plus Object, by Leigh Van Duzer

Two artists who work with photography as a subject as well as a medium are Brent Wahl and James Welling.

link to article


Group Show:
Fiat Lux
The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
April 5 – May 24, 2013

Featuring artists: Stefan Abrams, Micah Danges, James Johnson, Anna Neighbor & Brent Wahl

Fiat Lux will be a group exhibition of work by five Philadelphia artists. While each of the artists was trained as a photographer none has a simple or straightforward relationship with the medium. Photography is central to the work of all these artists, but their explorations of the potentials and shortcomings of the medium result in a surprisingly diverse group of works.  The work of all of these artists responds to successive earlier generations of photo-based artists who questioned and challenged established notions of photography. At the same time they are addressing the overwhelming proliferation of photographic images in today’s society.

gallery website


Segment of Navigational Proun by Brent Wahl

Segment of Navigational Proun by Brent Wahl

Portfolio:
CSA artist, Philadelphia, PA  2012

Selected as one of nine artist's in this inaugural portfolio offering in July of 2012. Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, this Community Supported Arts program supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Tiger Strikes Asteroid & Grizzly Grizzly galleries create an endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors.

Community Supported Arts website
Tiger Strikes Asteroid website
Grizzly Grizzly website


artist: Klea McKenna

artist: Klea McKenna

Group Show:
Remainder
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 2012

Featuring artists: Amy Beecher, Aspen Mays, Klea McKenna & Brent Wahl. 

gallery website


Artist panel discussion with Adelina Vlas

Artist panel discussion with Adelina Vlas

Group Show:
A Closer Look 8
Arcadia University Gallery
March 2 – April 22, 2012

Featuring artists: Dechemia (Isobel Sollenberger & John Gibbons), Sebastien Leclercq, Josh Shaddock, Brent Wahl.

guest curator, Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art


See installation images here.
curators statement
gallery website


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Publication:
Charley Independents: No Soul For Sale, 2011
by Cecilia Alemani (Editor) , Maurizio Cattelan (Editor) , Massimiliano Gioni (Editor) , Joshua Altman (Editor)
Publisher: r Contemporary Art
ISBN: 1935202316

Charley Independents looks at international artist collectives and curatorial organizations that are initiating strategies for the distribution of art: 98 Weeks Research Project, Arrow Factory, Cemeti Art House, Invisible Academy, Latitudes, Light Industry, Mono.kultur, Collective Parasol, Post-Museum, Scrawl Collective and many others. Charley is sponsored by the Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, which supports artist's projects, exhibitions, and symposia that explore the relationship between contemporary art and culture.


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Group Show:
Bounce
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
July 29 – September 25, 2011

Featuring artists: Alyson Shotz, Ryan Trecartin, Laura Letinsky, Brent Wahl, Cindy Sherman, Willie Cole, Marlo Pascual, Laurel Nakadate, Ry Rocklen, Hank Willis Thomas, Linda Stillman, Paul Villinski, Walhala Temi, Tracy Heneberger, Hidemi Shimura, Ho-Sup Hwang, Jude Tallichet, Rachel Perry Welty, David Shapiro, Julia Jacquette, Charles Spurrie, Josette Urso, Ryan Alexiev & Hank Willis Thomas.


installation of Wahl's, tongue in cheek, 'Group Show'

installation of Wahl's, tongue in cheek, 'Group Show'

Solo Show:
Group Show
Vox Populi, Philadelphia
May 2011

gallery website
See installation images here.


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Group Show:
No Soul for Sale
Tate Modern, Lonon / with Vox Populi
May 2010

'Visionary curators' Maurizio Cattelan, Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni invited 50 international independent art collectives to create projects in the Turbine Hall. I was included, with my colleagues from Vox Populi, in this group show of art collectives from around the world at the Tate Modern in 2010.

Tate Shots video
Tate Modern
time-lapse imagery


Publication:
Vox Populi: We're working on it, 2010
120 page catalog
ISBN: 0615313388

We’re Working On It is a visual representation of Vox Populi’s 21st year of programming (2009-2010). We’re Working On It is a visual representation of Vox Populi’s 21st year of programming (2009-2010), as well as an illustrated timeline of artist-run spaces in Philadelphia (dating from the 1960's), rounds out this important publication. Edited by Andrew Suggs, Executive Director, Vox Populi.

Also included in the pages is the first written history of Vox Populi (by Amy Adams), the starting point for a history of artist-run spaces in Philadelphia (by Richard Torchia), and an essay on our city’s identity as a center of artistic production (by Paul Galvez).

galley website
see book here


Arrivals and Departures, segment of installation, Brent Wahl

Arrivals and Departures, segment of installation, Brent Wahl

Solo Show:
Arrivals and Departures
Vox Populi, Philadelphia
September 2010

"In a brief journey to the soundtrack of tropical birds and a distant battle, we visit an anonymous mountain terrain, a desolate magical forest, various military bunkers, and Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille..."

gallery website
see video documentation


Rooftop installation by INABA  / Jerry Saltz

Rooftop installation by INABA  / Jerry Saltz

Group Show:
No Soul for Sale
X Initiative, New York, NY
July 2009

Held at X in June, NO SOUL FOR SALE – A Festival Of Independents brought together the most exciting, creative and respected not-for-profit centers, alternative institutions, artists’ collectives and independent enterprises from around the world that contribute to the international art scene by inventing new strategies for the distribution of information and by supporting a diverse cultural program.

gallery website
Jerry Saltz says...


artist: Micah Danges

artist: Micah Danges

Group Show:
Expanded Marks
Space, Portland, MA
June 5 – July 27, 2009

Expanded Marks presented works from fifteen artists whose practices embrace and expand notions of mark making.  The works in the show were contemporary expansions of drawing in many media: sculpture, installation, painting, and drawing.

gallery website


A Slow Still Dying (video stills), Brent Wahl

A Slow Still Dying (video stills), Brent Wahl

Group Show:
1:5:25
Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
May 15 – June 15, 2009

The exhibition was curated by Osvaldo Romberg, in collaboration with five emergent artists and architects -- Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Asher Barkley, David Romberg, Blaine Siegel, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

gallery website


Linda Yun, Incident, 2008

Linda Yun, Incident, 2008

Group Show:
3D Concerns: Nostalgia, Architecture, Illusion
Repetti Gallery, Long Island City, NY
October 2008

Featuring artists: Leah Bailis, Jamie Dillon, James Johnson, Jonathan Prull, Andrew Suggs, Linda Yun, and Brent Wahl

gallery website


Solo Show:
Motets for Architecture and Fear
Vox Populi, Philadelphia
October 3 – November 2, 2008

gallery website
See installation images here


The Phantom Limb (video still), Brent Wahl

The Phantom Limb (video still), Brent Wahl

Group Show:
Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls
Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
June 14 – August 3, 2008
Curated by Denise Carvalho

Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls was a multimedia exhibition exploring different viewpoints on the relationship between religion, power and economics. This show looks at religion from a humorous, poetic and critical perspective, subverting traditional expectations and inviting the viewer to interact, transform, or reflect on the relationship between religious rituals and consumerist everyday practices.

Featuring artists: Brent Wahl, Dylan Mortimer, Grady Gerbracht, Hadassa Goldvicht, Jenny Marketou, Joseph Bennett, Adriana Varella, Angela Freiberger, Gearóid Dolan, Tobaron Waxman, Kimberly Simpson, Karin Giusti, Marcia X, Meirav Leshem, Kwabena Slaughter, and Neil Beloufa.


Selection of images from Interplanetary Death Star by Brent Wahl

Selection of images from Interplanetary Death Star by Brent Wahl

Solo Show:
Interplanetary Death Star
Vox Populi, Philadelphia
March 2008

A stadium or arena can come in many forms and can serve many purposes from accommodating soccer crowds and political rallies to religious gatherings and refuge.  In the installation, which I think of as a drawing, the stadium represents an intersection between architecture, entertainment, container and cage. 

Specifically, an arena reflects the society that it serves, and in every way it inherently represents the spectacle. There is an immense amount of power inherent in an arena and it presents itself most poignantly with the sensation of unity. Despite this, it can also represent a lurking darkness. These structures have the ability to undermine their purpose in the forms of latent volatility and impending chaos, overcrowding and even death.

The installation at Vox consists of an aluminum foil stadium and 550 2” x 2” images. These images are introduced into a ‘super stadium’ that functions as a framework and housing for the darker issues that we grapple with historically and in the media each day – it is a response to societal frustration, fear, and the misunderstanding of human nature.

gallery website
See installation images here.



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Biennial Works on Paper 2006
Arcadia University
March 28 – April 25

Juror: Cornelia Butler, Chief Curator of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

gallery website