Pip Brant and Duane Brant - Our Back Yard
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries.
Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources. Curated by Elle Schorr.
The Armory Art Center hosts a variety of art salon groups. These groups hold meetings to discuss, display, and share the work of the participants and / or invited guests. All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Come join in the lively discussions.
Pip and Duane Brant work independently and collaboratively on socially provocative installations and works in many media. Both grew up in the west and mid west and say that experiences there have profoundly influenced their work.
Pip Brant is primarily a fiber artist, and usually works on themes regarding social and environmental issues. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her Battlefield Re-enactment Series are embroideries that she says are a stage in a process of distancing the memories of battles fought in the 19th century, and now are full of suppositions and decomposed histories.
In her Hasenblut Series, (German for rabbit blood), Pip says she is “trying to honor the rabbit’s life with images made with its life-blood to create images of longing and perhaps a memorial to the animals that lent their life to mine.”
Pip has a BFA from University of Montana and a MFA from University of Wyoming. Since 1999, she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University, Miami. She grew up and was educated in five different American Indian reservations, mostly Sioux, in the Dakotas and Montana, where her father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She states “They have a disconnection unlike any other place in the United States. They are vestiges of American Manifest Destiny and other bad deals”. She says “My summers on a German Immigrant Family farm, in South East North Dakota, also did their best to seek out a recreation of the connections of life and death and absurdity... Growing up there did result in a close relationship with the cycles of life. These include raising my own food. Art production and farming have been strong links in my work.”
Duane Brant has a BA degree in ceramics and metalsmithing from the University of Montana and an MFA in printmaking, sculpture, and performance at the University of Wyoming.
He has lived and worked in Ohio, Montana, Wyoming, and London, England, and since 1999 has been an adjunct teacher at Barry University and Florida International University, in addition to his studio time. He has exhibited nationally, and internationally. In 1993 his collaborative work was awarded a New Forms Regional Initiative program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations He’s been awarded the Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship, the Florida Follies purchase award by the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, and Fulbright fellowships to England and Japan, studying contemporary art, performance art and pedagogy. Since 2002, he has worked with bonsai trees, and designs and creates all the pots for the trees in his collection.