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Brian Belott’s practice spans media from bookmaking to performance. His work is in constant flow, led by a relentless curiosity, one that is aware of art history yet operates without the anxiety of its influence. His studio is like a creative chemistry lab, where he studies the aesthetic effects of combining various materials, almost to the point of absurdity. With these experiments, he resurrects the mannerisms of Modernism and frees his imagination as he purposefully relinquishes control, foregoing the trappings of orthodoxy. Paper is his medium of choice because it records both intentional and unintentional gestures, which become an important part of the final composition.

Brian Belott (b. 1973, East Orange, NJ) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA in 1995 from the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work has shown at The Journal, Brooklyn, NY; LOYAL, Malmö, Sweden; CANADA, New York, NY; and Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France. Notable exhibitions include: Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY (2015); Jeunes Créateurs à New York, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France (2014); and Draw Gym, 247365, Brooklyn, NY (2013). Belott’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Artworks

Brian Belott
Untitled (brush puff), 2019
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, brushes, and handles
49.5 x 48.5 x 7.5 inches
(125.7 x 123.2 x 19.1 cm)
Photograph by Dan Bradica

Brian Belott
Untitled (wood puff), 2019
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, brushes, wood, basket, and paint brush handle
44.25 x 46.5 x 7.75 inches
(112.4 x 118.1 x 19.7 cm)
Photograph by Dan Bradica

Brian Belott
TBT, 2017
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and remote control with matte medium, colored sand and stones
25 x 25 x 4 inches
(63.5 x 63.5 x 10.2 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Tondo Puff (orange), 2016
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and remote control with matte medium, colored sand and stones
25 inches diameter
(63.5 cm diameter)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Tondo Puff (yellow), 2016
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and remote control with matte medium, colored sand and stones
25 inches diameter
(63.5 cm diameter)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Untitled (blue puff), 2018
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, rope, and rubber
27.5 x 22.5 x 5 inches
(70 x 57 x 12.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Untitled Puff (spikes), 2017
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and remote control
61.5 x 51 x 11.5 inches
(156 x 129.5 x 29 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Grobemixtur, 2015
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, mop strings, shoelaces, champagne candle, and plastic safety pin
26 x 22 x 4 inches
(66 x 56 x 10 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Krummhorn, 2015
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, chord, mop string, and remote control with matte medium, sand and stones
61 x 49 x 6 inches
(155 x 125 x 15 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Frusen Glädjé, 2015
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, shoelaces, mop strings, sand mixed with mop medium, sand and rock covered calculators and remote control
59 x 49 x 4.5 inches
(150 x 125 x 11.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Gedecktpommer, 2016
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, glove mop, plastic cell phone, shoelaces, mop strings, calculator and remote control with matte medium, lichen, colored sand and stones
59 x 50 x 5.5 inches
(150 x 127 x 14 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Buzain, 2015
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, shoelaces, calculator and remote control with matte medium, colored sand and stones
57 x 46 x 3 inches
(145 x 117 x 7.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Chime light open the korg, 2015
Colorfast paper, cotton batting, rope, TV remotes, calculator, colored sand, stones, and acrylic
59 x 48 x 5 inches
(150 x 122 x 13 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Dome Paste, 2015
Acrylic on paper
89.5 x 108.5 inches
(227.5 x 275.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Shosha, 2015
Acrylic on paper
78 x 52.75 inches
(198 x 134 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Walnut Mattress, 2015
Acrylic on paper
84.5 x 70 inches
(214.5 x 178 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Applaud Pinwheels, 2015
Acrylic on paper
75 x 56 inches
(190.5 x 142 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Brian Belott
Untitled 6, 2015
Cotton batting, colorfast paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and mop string on canvas
14.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches
(37 x 29 x 6.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán