Christian Brahe

September 2 – October 2, 2016


I see my drawings as places in transition; a tracing and excavation of numerous histories layered within a single form. Based upon my immediate surroundings, the images exist as record of physical, psychological, and spatial navigations: amalgamations of thousands of individual moments of consciousness. The drawings map day-to-day, month-to-month, and often seasonal changes manifested within a given space: the natural fluctuations of light, the shuffling of objects, and the shifting of my own physical proximity and perspective. Over time, descriptive information collapses, breaks down, and is rebuilt again. Fragmented moments of clarity and disorientation overlap one another, existing simultaneously within the drawn space. As charcoal possesses immediacy in its materiality that can be applied and taken away with ease, so are the numerous panels of paper added and subtracted throughout the drawing’s organic evolution. Similar to tectonic plates, the panels of paper shift, split, converge, and diverge in response to pictorial pressures, suggesting individual cavities of space. In this manner, the drawings are in a constant state of flux, both in their visual forms and physical construction.

Christian Brahe is a painter. He received his BFA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2012, and his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014. Brahe lives and works in Williamsburg, Virginia.