Diedrick Brackens

 

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Diedrick Brackens, the cup is a cloud, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn, mirror. 74 x 78 inches (188 x 198.1 cm)

Diedrick Brackens, the cup is a cloud, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn, mirror. 74 x 78 inches (188 x 198.1 cm) (Detail)

Diedrick Brackens, the bravest sons, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 69 x 52 inches (175.3 x 132.1cm)

the bravest sons, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 69 x 52 inches (175.3 x 132.1cm) Detail

Diedrick Brackens, ventriloquist, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 78 x 32 inches (198.1 x 81.3 cm)

Diedrick Brackens, ventriloquist, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 78 x 32 inches (198.1 x 81.3 cm) (Detail)

wading still (bend, bow, pull, 2018. Cotton dyed with water from Mississippi River. 93 x 73 inches (236.2 x 184.5 cm)

wading still (bend, bow, pull,2018. Cotton dyed with water from Mississippi River. 93 x 73 inches (236.2 x 184.5 cm) Detail

in the decadence of silence, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

bitter attendance, drown jubilee, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

opening tombs beneath the heart, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 79 x 72 inches (200.7 x 182.9 cm)

Made in LA, Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018

Made in LA, Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018

Made in LA, Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018

Diedrick Brackens. a field to frolic, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 71 x 69 inches (180.3 x 175.3 cm)

rouge test, 2018. Cotton and mirrored acrylic. 59 x 38.5 inches (149.9 x 97.8 cm)

wading still, 2018. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 40 x 29.5 inches (101.6 x 74.9 cm)

how to return, 2017. Woven indigo-dyed cotton and acrylic yarn. 58 x 50 inches (147.3 x 127 cm)

The flame goes, 2017. Cotton and acrylic yarn. 62 x 32 inches (157.5 x 81.3 cm)

Blue Under Night, 2017. Woven cotton yarn. 78 x 31 inches (198.1 x 78.7 cm)

all caught and flow up, 2017. Woven cotton. 39 x 40 1/2 inches (99.1 x 102.9 cm)

heaven is a muddy riverbed, 2017. Woven cotton and cubic zirconia. 50 x 33 1/2 in (127 x 85.1 cm)

No More Trauma, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2016

No More Trauma, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2016

sleep don’t come easy, 2016. Woven cotton, nylon, and chenille yarn, 61 x 52 inches

blow, 2016. Woven tea dyed cotton and nylon yarn, 51 x 35 inches

spilled with nowhere to flow, 2015. Woven nylon, acrylic, chenille and cotton yarn, 61 x 56 inches

dead giveaway, 2015. Woven nylon and spray painted cotton yarn, 48 x 28 inches

get in where you fit in, 2016. Woven cotton and polyester yarn, 71 x 67 inches

lost summer here, sweet sweet control, 2015. Woven acrylic, nylon and cotton yarn, zipper and plastic hand, 60 x 28 inches

leave soil behind the ear - for AA, 2015. Woven wine dyed cotton, nylon, acrylic yarn and spray paint, 48 x 23 inches

beyond the yard, 2015. Woven nylon and bleached cotton yarn, 38 x 39 inches

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Diedrick Brackens (born 1989, Mexia, Texas) received a BFA from University of North Texas (2011) and an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2014). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita (2017); Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); and Johansson Projects, Oakland (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Jewish Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco (2017); Dimensions Variable, Miami (2017); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2017) and Denny Gallery, New York (2017). Sunday will be Brackens’ first exhibition following his inclusion in “Made in LA,” the Hammer Museum’s biennial look at selected artists from Los Angeles. He will have a solo exhibition at Steve Turner in September 2019. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Born 1989, Mexia, Texas
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education

2014
MFA California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2011
BFA University of North Texas, Denton

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Sunday Art Fair, London (with Steve Turner)

2017
a slow reckoning, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita

2016
No More Trauma, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2015
hearts, hands, and other members, Conduit Gallery, Dallas
This is Real Life, Johansson Projects, Oakland
spilled with nowhere to flow, Pacific Sky Gallery, Eugene

2011
Breathing Room, North Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton
Diedrick Brackens, University of North Texas Union Gallery, Denton

Group Exhibitions

2018
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner) (Upcoming)
Material Futurity, Law Warschaw Gallery, Minnesota (Upcoming)
Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (Upcoming)
Through-Line: Drawing and Weaving by 19 Artists, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Made in LA Biennial, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
BioPix, 
Steve Turner, Los Angeles
The Dog, the Tree and the Catfish, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Opening the Trap, Interface Gallery, San Francisco

2017
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
The Unhomely, Denny Gallery, New York

2016
Material: Hard and Soft,
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton

2015
FiberLicious, curated by Scott Canty, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
FiberSHED, curated by Patricia Watts,Marin Community Foundation, Novato
Beyond Material: Woven Values, Work Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
GLAMFA Panelist Exhibition, curated by Michelle Joan Papillion, CSULB Galleries, Long Beach
Chinatown Project, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco
New Normal 2, Guerrero Gallery, Oakland

2014
MFA Thesis Show, curated by Glen Helfand,The Nave CCA, San Francisco
Barclay Simpson Award, juried by Apsara Diquinzio and Kevin Chen, Oliver Art Center, Oakland
The Possible, curated by David Wilson, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
Body, body, bodies, SOMArts, San Francisco
Refraction, Lobot Gallery, Oakland
The Pasta Bowl,  Something Spacious, Oakland
Textilities, Oliver Art Center, Oakland

2013
3rd Ghetto Biennale, curated by Leah Gordon, Andre Eugene, David Frohnapfel, Port-au-Prince
The Hardware Store, Dean St. Gallery, Marfa
CHATFACE, Online artist-in-residence project curated by Stephanie Syjuco

2012
Knots: Textile Topologies, CCA College Ave Galleries, Oakland
Annual Faculty/Assistant Show, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton

2011
Our 30,  curated by Harold Steward, Fahari Arts Institute at 1111 Gallery, Dallas
Rising Eyes of Texas, curated by Colette Copland, Rockport Art Center, Rockport
Derivatives: Origins in Geometry, juried by Vincent Falsetta, Museum of Geometric Art, Dallas
40 Years of Weaving, Center for the Visual Arts: Meadows Gallery, Denton

2010
Queerly Speaking –The Artists Respond, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas
Patterns, Dreams, and Withdrawal, Da Space, Dallas

Awards

2014
Barclay Simpson Award Winner, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2012
Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2011
Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

Bibliography

2016
Chaich, John. “Glenn Ligon in Conversation with Diedrick Brackens,” Queer Threads, 2016
Septh, Khary. “Diedrick Brackens,” THE TENTH ZINE  Vol. III, January

2015
Frank, Priscilla. 17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016, Huffington Post, December
Smart, Lauren. DIEDRICK BRACKENS UNRAVELS LIFE’S NARRATIVES IN FABRIC, Dallas Observer, September
Stuebner, Anton “Diedrick Brackens: This is Real Life,” Art Practical  (online), March 31
Adler, Sarah Elizabeth. “Artist Diedrick Brackens uses textiles to tell stories of Race, injustice,” The Daily Californian, March

2014
Frohnapfel, David. “The 3rd Ghetto Biennale 2013: Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress” Artlink, March
Cromwell, Cameron. “‘The Possible’ exhibition serves as creative exchange of art,” The Pioneer, February
MFA Now 2014:  Juried Exhibition and Archive Project, February

2013
Vanneschi, Myriam. “The Many Contradictions of a ‘Ghetto Biennale,’” Hyperallergic, December

2012
Harvey, Holly. “Hair, history inspire artist,” NT Daily, February

BioPix

Laylah Ali, Nicanor Aráoz, Diedrick Brackens, Marcin Dudek, Hannah Epstein, Cristián Fernández Ocampo, Ann Hirsch, Erdal Inci, Jacqueline Laurita Cortese, Thomas Lawson, Carlos Martiel, Jerry B. Martin, Claire Milbrath, Pablo Rasgado, Camilo Restrepo, Julian Rogers and Yung Jake

February 17 – March 24, 2018

The Dog, the Tree and the Catfish

Jacqueline Laurita Cortese, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio and Diedrick Brackens

January 6 – February 10, 2018

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No More Trauma

April 30 – May 28, 2016

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ARTNEWS

Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize Goes to Diedrick Brackens

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ARTLAND

Interview with Artist Diedrick Brackens at Sunday Art Fair, London

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Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art

New Orleans Museum of Art

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Los Angeles Times

‘Made in L.A. 2018’: Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times

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ARTFORUM

HAMMER MUSEUM ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATING ARTISTS FOR 2018 MADE IN LA BIENNIAL

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Solo exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas

Diedrick Brackens: a slow reckoning September 9 – December 10, 2017 Ulrich Museum of Art Wichita State University 1845 Fairmount Street Wichita, KS 67260 In his textile-based practice, Los Angeles artist Diedrick Brackens explores issues of race, representation, sexuality, and engagement.

UNTITLED

Samantha Bittman, Diedrick Brackens, Mariel Capanna, Nick Doyle, Hannah Epstein, Lucy Fradkin, Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Paige Jiyoung Moon and Camilo Restrepo

December 5 – 9, 2018

Sunday

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October 4 – 7, 2018

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, Miami Beach

December 6-10, 2017

Art Brussels

Pablo Rasgado: Floorplan with works by Diedrick Brackens, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Adam Henry, Jonas Lund, José Carlos Martinat, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, G.T. Pellizzi, Rafaël Rozendaal, Joshua Saunders, Michael Staniak

April 20 – 23, 2017