Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art, exhibited his new animation, Chromacity, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, as part of Art Basel, in Miami Beach, Florida. Art Basel stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. This is the third year Alfred has been selected for the Art Basel Miami Film program.
With a title borrowed from a classic 1970s reggae song by Jamaican singer Doctor Alimantado, this year's short film program focused on a selection of international artists who engage with music in a multitude of ways. All the films in this varied and exciting program demonstrated the power of music to attract an audience, keep it engaged, elicit suspense and tug at the heartstrings. Similar to classical symphony works, the order of the films built a crescendo to create awe-inspiring magic. The program’s theme also referenced the location: SoundScape Park and the Frank Gehry—designed New World Center building have become a prime venue, offering the general public access to the great music that is performed inside.
Alfred received his B.F.A. from Penn State and his M.F.A. from Yale University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine. He has shown in museum exhibitions internationally. His animation “Help Me” was featured on the Times Square NBC Astrovision screen as part of Creative Time's 59th Minute. A documentary about Alfred, called ArtFlick 001, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. His awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award and College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award, and a two-time Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient. Recent film festivals also include Art Basel Film Hong Kong and Art Cologne Film, as well as a screening at Salon 94.
Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.
Text courtesy of Art Basel.