BACKGROUND

Born in Lansing Michigan, the arts did not play a significant role in Brandon’s like until he met his mentor in college, artist Jim Self, at Cornell University, under whom he studied dance, in addition to his studies in philosophy. Dance and subsequently, performance art quickly became a medium for expression that tapped into an artistic fervor that lied dormant within his soul.

Through his mentor, Brandon had the extraordinary opportunity of meeting an being introduced to the personal stories of artistic revolutionaries as Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Wilson, and Frank Moore. Working closely with his mentor and being exposed to artists of this caliber ignited an insatiable passion that has driven Brandon to produce and extremely diverse body of work.

During this time, Brandon created art in an old Swedish farmhouse located on 5 acres in Ithaca, New York, where he dove into dance, performance art, set design, found object sculpture work, and painting. His beginnings in dance and movement presented opportunities to create etherial and visually stimulating set design and costume.  In the studio, Brandon created an array of found object inspired sculptural work that was unexpected and often whimsical. However, painting continues to be his medium of choice largely because it encompasses various aspects for Brandon’s artistic self; his philosophical mind, his somatic approach to art, and his love for beauty.

In 2000, Brandon moved to New York City, where he lived in a vibrant artist community and lived in a 2500 sq. ft. loft where he quietly continued to paint large-scale bodies of work that explored anonymity and the nature of time. His labor intensive dot paintings are reflective of this period.

Brandon then moved to Texas is 2002, where he currently resides and works out of his home studio in Austin.

EDUCATION

Cornell University –  Ithaca, NY 1995-1997
Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Philosophy

Cornell University –  Ithaca, NY 1995-1999
Independent Study
Ritual and Performance Art

EXHIBITIONS

Russell Collection (2013)
Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

Terrence Malick Film (2013)
Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

Four Seasons (2012)
Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

FINITE (2012)
W Hotel; Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

Time Machine (2011)
Scott + Cooner; Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

Deborah Page Projects (2011)
Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

usanymoon (2011)
The Austonian; Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

i-Wire No. 5 (2011)
Texas Biennial; Austin, TX
Exhibition of paintings

animamereyekana (2001)
Williamsburg Art and Historical Society; Brooklyn, NY
Solo exhibition of large-scale oil painting

HouseHouse (2000)
Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Philadelphia, PA
Performance art collaboration with Jim Self

Jim’s Couch (2000)
New York State Biennial, Everson Museum of Art; Syracuse, NY
Exhibitions of sculptural work

Dummy Brothers (2000)
Merce Cunningham’s 80th Birthday Party, Aurora Studios; Ithaca, NY
Exhibition of large-scale oil paintings and installation art in collaboration with Jim Self

Art Church (1999)
West Danby Town Church; West Danby, NY
Performance art in collaboration with Jim Self

Corpus Colosseum (1999)
Proscenium Theater, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY
Solo performance art and lecture in collaboration with Jim Self

The Fairy Malaise (1998)
Proscenium Theater, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY
In collaboration with Jim Self; Choreography, Set & Lighting Design, Artistic Direction for dance collaboration with 9 other dancers

Chez Dada (1997)
Proscenium Theater, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY
In collaboration with Jim Self; Choreography, Set & Lighting Design, Artistic Direction for dance collaboration with 3 other dancers

AWARDS

Texas Biennial, 2011

New York Biennial, 2000

Cornell Council of the Arts, 2000

Cornell Council of the Arts, 1999