Thursday, December 29, 2011

What's The Secret?

Glasgow at the avant-garde of the art world - Scotland - Scotsman.com

www.scotsman.com/scotland.../scotland/glasgow_at_... - United Kingdom
Dec 11, 2011 – Glasgow has now claimed a third Turner Prize in as many years. So what's its secret, asks Anna Burnside.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Turner Prize Winner 2011 - Martin Boyce

Mr. Boyce is a GSA alumni.  He visited my studio earlier this year.
An amazing artist of depth and interesting style.  Cool as a Cucumber.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The GSA MFA Auction Website is Live!



























Next Saturday, our artworks become the main fundraiser for our international exhibition in Berlin.
Exciting stuff.  The website is live showing all the works up for grabs in the silent and live auctions.
To see all the fun stuff, click through the link.
http://mfaauction.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Studio Happenings in November

 
We've been busy, after a trip to Paris over Halloween, its been work, work, work.  The studio got a high shelf to help clear the way.













Now I made big stretchers just aching to get some canvas on and strap some image games to their fabric.  Eh?  Maybe after tomorrow's big tutorials.












Every day, things get turned inside out.  The clutter starts to fall away, and clearer pictures appear.  We can hope.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Richter in the Tate Modern



























Unquestioned bastards of genuine painting from a guy unsure about the Informel style.
http://www.gerhard-richter.com/

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kippenberger by James Kalm

Boat Never Made It Out To Sea Today

This feels like today.  Calm.  Unassuming.  Internal.  Needed.  For now I must be content with planning and waiting.  The potential force gathered at land will yield a tremendous catch when I get myself out there to sea. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dislodge That Rock

This image, taken from a summer trip to the highlands, reminds me of the power of the organic on the inorganic.  Of how the small things can dislodge a big immovable object from it's place.  How there can be growth in the hardest of rock.  Shall I lay another metaphore on you?  Naaaaaaah

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Back to School, Back to Work, 2 New pairs of Paintings

 A snapshot of early semester 1 of year 2 at GSA.







Each painting's resolution seems to inform the next painting's decision process.  The interplay of formalism and expression provide the friction that makes these works interesting to me.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New home, New window


My new home for this year in the MFA, the JD Kelly building.
One of the bonuses of being in this building, is it is at the top of Garnet Hill, the tallest point in Glasgow.  It also houses the printmaking department, making something in silkscreen ultra convenient!
















My new studio window.  I keep getting these great windows with a view.
I think their trying to set me up for distraction.  It is nice to have, and I like that
it's a smaller slice of the wall, keeping more focus on the work.

Victoria Morton at Modern Institute

Ms. Morton came to GSA today and spoke for an artist talk addressed to students.  Very much enjoyed listening to her rationalizations and concepts of development of her practice.  Especially interesting to hear her concepts of extending the practice of painting.

Her Guitars at the Modern Institute

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Perspective: GSA Style


At the top of the Macintosh, there lies spaces designed to study the landscape.  These cubies with arches have large windows to study from a bird's perspective what lies beneath, outward and upward.

Our vision is obstructed to the variable of construction scaffolding that is temporarily in place on the building's exterior.  The Windows were made using the small square panes that are useful for perspective, to relate the grid of the window to the grid of your drawing. 

Meanwhile we look through the imposed structure to what lies out there.
The light changes, a temporal constant, like the changing city beneath.
Not unlike the temporal structure imposed on our view, a purposeful layering of the complexity of the landscape, upholding, protecting, imposing changing thing.




Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ta Da! New Year, New Studio, New Work. Ta Da!




What have you been waiting for, my new friends?  I made you over the summer its time to shine a bit of light onto your existence.  My time of my hibernation is over, and there comes a time to be more open, now that our presentations are done with and my 2nd year is now started.  I am exited about what will happen this year with my work, and this is one way of me showing it.  I will expand upon my process concerning the work in these spaces along with recording random Scottishness as per usual.  I am happy that I have made discoveries in technique and content and managed to keep my underling structure consistent in this new work.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Student Show! Student Show! Student Show! Back to School, Y'all!



















Aideen Doran   Suzanne Dery   Marie-Michelle Deschamps   Tom Godfrey   Hyojun Hyun   Josée Ouellette   Blake Peterson   Benjamin Rankin   Brent Ridge   Sarah Rose   Geneva Sills   Justin Stephens   James Winnett

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Back My Scotland


















That's how I feel, a bit relaxed after a big sojorn to the Northeast.
Surprising how much this now feels like home.  I was away for 5 weeks
and how I missed you, and your wispy ways.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York New York



Awwwww....gee thanks! I needed that hug from my visit with you NY.
I left you feeling like a jilted lover, and I came back feeling your unrequited love.
Distance can do that to you. Maybe we can work things out?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MFA Auction 2010, like Christmas in August























Doing a little reminiscing here, last year's MFA auction flyer. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Diane Torr Reading at CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts)
















This is our Friend.  This was her book launch last November.
This is her reading from her book:
Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance.
We were into it, man.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Studio Floor - 1st Year


















Looking back at the recordings of my first year has given me a chance to breath perspective on how my setting has influenced my practice, and consequentially influenced my performance during my first year.  It's like looking at what I was looking at through someone else's eyes.  Here a fragment of my studio before I made mess all over it.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Dirty Dirty and "Off the Hook! : The Telephone Project"!

Through this project, modeled after the game "telephone," each artist responded to another artist's work by creating a new work that was then passed on to another artist who responded to the previous piece by creating a new work that was then passed on to another artist, and so on, and so on...

The resulting lineage of completed works presents a variety of writings, drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages, mobiles, and photographs that more or less draw from the same inspiration, but the process of translating from one work to another creates an ever-evolving statement.

Artists (in order of appearance)

Urayoan Noel
Michelle Provezano
Jessie Henson
Dan Bina
Julie Candoli
Billie Lee
Sarah Granett
Eric Clausen
Morgan Page
Brent Ridge
Anne Percoco
Katie Overgaard
Ezra Tessler
Jamie Gaul
Ilse Murdock


Saturday, July 30th 5-8pm
The Dirty Dirty
672 Westminster Road
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Comedian Billy Connolly's famous banana boots, now on display in the People's Palace

Billy Connolly was born in Anderston in 1942, but moved to Partick at the age of five to live with two of his aunts.  He performed on stage with his banjo and ad-libbed Glasgow patter as an amateur and then was a founder member of the folk group the Humblebums.

In 1975 Connolly had a hit with the comedy single D.I.V.O.R.C.E.. That same year the documentary Big Banana Feet was filmed, taking its title from the outrageous banana boots in which he often performed, and he became famous throughout the UK.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Telephone Project


































Looking back, Looking Forward


















Here I am, starting my studies at GSA last September and at that point, my studio is fresh and almost bare.  It's an honest, but slightly redundant sentiment I expressed in clay before me.  The night's skyline is seen through the window with the reflection of my painting I dragged with me from Brooklyn visible all at the same time.  It feels strange to look at this image now, knowing what I felt then and what I feel now, a struggle that ensued over the past year to understand my art, and a new definition of what it means to be me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A World of Changing Light, Briefly























This picture was taken last spring, before the leaves came out.  We encountered this bubble creature on our path through the park.  It makes a distortion of the trees, a micro world of light and a membrane of soap, and it stops you, moving you to observe its completeness, if only briefly.






  






Sunday, July 24, 2011

Building With Myth


















At this point, this blog will be both retrospective and current, mixing my experiences of the past year with what I've been doing this summer.  These are rock formations found at the summit of Beallach na Ba (The Pass of the Cattle) located in the Applecross peninsula of the Scottish Highlands.  It is reached by taking a narrow one lane road from Loch Kishorn rising from sea level to a summit of 2100.  I am still unsure of distinct reasons behind the stacking the rocks.  I think we can all feel the spiritual desire that results in such a totem.  I am intrigued by the mystery that lies behind their individual stories, and somehow they just feel right in a place so far from your typical walk in life.  You can see as far as the Isle of Skye from this place, and that is about as mythic as it gets in being inspired by landscape.

A New Start
















I am posting for the first time, and imprinting a picture of the doors to my school.  It certainly represents the starting point of my experience living and breathing Europe from the vantage point of Glasgow.

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Boston, MA, United States
I'm an artist originally from Flint, MI now residing in Boston, MA. In-between I practiced my art in NYC and overseas in Scotland. I've been using this blog to situate Boston art and artists amongst the International scene of contemporary art. You can find my art on www.brent-ridge.com