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Brian Michael Dunn Print 1, Inverse Piano Sequence

by Brian Michael Dunn

Little Paper Planes is pleased to introduce our June 2016 artist, Brian Michael Dunn and to offer five exclusive prints of his work.  

Painter Brian Michael Dunn interrogates modernist painting strategies in a heterogeneous practice, adopting various tactics and materials, from old road maps to bend sheet metal, to skirt the line between general and particular object-hood. His empty newspapers and blank record sleeves are reduced to the basic graphics of painted abstraction, but in their blank materiality they’re also symbols standing in for many other specific objects -- a platonic average, rather that a platonic ideal.

In the ‘Sequences’ series, each picture consists of a field of forms spaced out in patterned intervals, each pattern moving in and out of phase with the others. Through the interplay of related but distinct patterns, I hope to prolong a viewers’ efforts to deduce an overall rule or system for the picture. Also, all of the music that I love has a lot of repetition and rhythmic interplay and this series is an attempt to achieve some of the same qualities, visually.

In the first paintings I made I used dots to mark intervals in each sequence. Eventually, I began using various geometric shapes to differentiate sequences within the pictures and now, recently, those shapes are giving way to more specifically significant shapes.

For my collaboration with LPP, I’ve produced inverted color-value images from paintings in the ‘Sequences’ series. The title, “Apple Eye,” refers to the keystroke for the inversion function in Photoshop while also alluding to the expression “apple of one’s eye”. I wanted the print-outs to be autonomous works and, at the same time, to contain their own history of digital mediation and reproduction.

These prints are 8.5 x 11" and are offered individually. They are printed with Epson Ultra Chrome archival inks on Velvet Fine Art paper. Please note every screen is different and the color of the actual print may vary from what you see on the computer. The sizes reflect actual paper size, not image size. Each print is hand numbered, in an edition of 50, along with Brian’s signature on the back of each print. Each print also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity printed on the back as well. This print is exclusive to Little Paper Planes.

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