Brad Downey is a multi-faceted artist whose fields of activity extend from the street to the exhibition space. The artist is equally agile when it comes to organizing a clandestine action on a public square, as when responding to the invitation of an art institution. By examining and diverting the common rules of living together, he offers a humorous and sometimes irreverent portrayal of his fellow citizens and the urban environment.
Downey's exhibition at NuN reflects on his practice of appropriation and misuse of objects. His intervention takes place on the walls only, namely inside the walls: a multitude of wall plugs run along the edges of the space, thus revealing its unused corners and its faults. Deprived from their primary attribute as pure function and hidden behind something else - the wall plugs draw a colorful, ornamental pattern. By drilling these physical little holes, the artist escapes the given architecture of the space and metaphorically enlarges its volume.
Brad Downey (born 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky) lives and works in Berlin. He has had recent solo shows at Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, at SIC Space, Helsinki, Finland, and at Kulturzentrum Marstall am Schloss Ahrensburg, Germany and has been the initiator of numerous public place interventions. www.braddowney.com
While the exhibition space is left almost blank, Jesüs invites friends and disciples for a veggie BBQ on the sidewalk.
The exhibition is part of the first Project Space Festival Berlin.