I create hard-edge, geometric abstract paintings on linen-wrapped, shaped canvases, in order to investigate the systems involved in the viewer’s translation of images to meaning.
My process is heavily research-based and interdisciplinary, drawing from diverse fields of study such as modular arithmetic, neuroscience, color theory, and carpentry.
I utilize the linear structure of computer programming to establish a logical ordered system—Eureka—composed of sets of variables that I apply to the dimensions, color, and compositions in my work. I introduce chance, high entropy in an orderly system, by rolling polyhedral dice to generate data defining these variables. This is my participation and engagement in the algorithmic process, an act of creation—physical intervention, gamification.
I develop a sketch of the finished work, a well defined set of “instructions”—a definition, or the word, “write this word, these letters in the following order," a color-by-numbers dictionary.
I then create the painting from the ground up, constructing my own panels, covering them with linen, and then slowly build the painting up in layers using thin glazes of saturated color.
Interpretation is intuition—the system that I use to create my work, Eureka, is reflective of the viewer. The number of potential outcomes are as indeterminable and effectively infinite the viewer’s reaction to the finished work. I too operate as the viewer interpreting the “data” that I generate though my algorithm, my intuition shaping the finishing work in equal measure to the results of the dice.
How the finished work/word will be defined is dependent on the viewer’s interpretation of the finished work, including myself, my interpretation, which I allude to or reach consensus with other viewers through the title. I embrace the loaded power of a title, and delight in its equally abstract meaning. Titles of works in my Linear/Field and Eureka series, such as “School Colors,” “Summer Soundtrack”, and “Zebra Wearing Lipstick” reveal a broad range of specificity and ambiguity, and bring to mind something in the mind of every viewer completely unique to themselves through their associations to memory.
The titles of the works emphasize the process the viewer goes thorough with the work as well, and the complexity of this is further complicated by the association of the title to the work, rapid comparison of text-to-image-to-memory-to-meaning and judgement of the work’s “fittingness,” that is, in finding beauty and truth in the work, depending on the viewer’s gestalt interpretation. This is my goal and the ultimate, highest aim of art, craft, science, and math: the truest expression of beauty.
2015 MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
2010 BFA Studio Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
2018-19 Adjunct instructor, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN
2017 Instructor, SCAD Summer Swarm, Savannah, GA
2015-17 Student Success Adviser, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2013-15 Graduate Mentor, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014-15 Teaching Assistant, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014 Gallery intern, Pierogi Gallery, New York, NY
2012-14 Docent, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
2011-12 Junior Docent, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2011 Assistant preparator, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, Knoxville, TN
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
2015 International Mentor Certification, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2012-15 Chair’s Fellowship, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014 New York Workspace Residency, SCAD and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2013 Conference Grant, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2011 Betsy Worden Memorial Artist-in-Residence, Arts & Culture Alliance, Emporium Center for Fine Arts, Knoxville, TN
2011 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
2009-10 Dr. Charles M. Brandon Scholarship in Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
2017 The Archive, Hall Street, alternative exhibition space, Savannah, GA
2015 //Spectrum, Alexander Hall Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014 Brandon Woods: New Works, Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2011 In Absence, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, Knoxville, TN
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Arts in the Airport, Tyson McGee Airport, Knoxville, TN
The Art of Planetary Science, Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting, Convention Center, Knoxville, TN
2017 Members Only, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA
Untitled Art Fair, SCAD Art Sales Exhibition Booth, Miami Beach, FL
Highpoint Market, SCAD Art Sales Exhibition Booth, Highpoint, NC
Small Works, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2016 Push and Pull, Gutstein Gallery, Curator: Amanda York, Savannah, GA
DeFine Art Alumni Showcase, Alexander Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2015 Small Works, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2014 Prism Pipe: Dog is in the Machine, Pehrspace, Las Angeles, CA
2013 National Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Citation Award, Juror: Patrick DeGuira, Emporium Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2012 Artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2011 National Juried Exhibition, Emporium Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2010 Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
Brandon Woods and Taylor Hardaway, JJ’s Market, Nashville, TN
Opine, Senior B.F.A. Exhibition, Todd Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2009 There’s No Place Like…, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
Brandon Woods and Dustin Dirt, Space Gallery, Nashville, TN
Insight of the Smokies, Art Market Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2008 A1 Lab Arts, Fireproof Storage Building, Knoxville, TN
Student Art Alliance, City Hall, Murfreesboro, TN
2007 New Horizons, Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center, Jackson, TN
Affiliations & Organizations
2017-19 DAC Art Consulting, Atlanta, GA
2016-19 SCAD Art Sales, Savannah, GA,
2009-19 Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN, 2009-present
2014-19 College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY
2015-19 SECAC, Wilmington, DE