University of Kent (BA 1st Class Hons Fine Art, 2007 / 2007)
What is your favourite film of all time?
There are loads but the one that springs to mind is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
What music are you currently listening to and why?
Listen to the radio a lot I think more for the chat - maybe I miss conversation when in the studio alone all day. I am also liking to quite a lot of stuff like UNKLE, Tiesto, Amon Tobin at the moment.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Surprisingly the work that has most struck me recently is by John Bock. I don’t really know what he is doing but I am drawn to want to find out more. I also want to get better acquainted with the work of Keith Tyson and Julie Mehretu as I think they are looking at similar things to me.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
I guess the one who made the biggest impression on me was Kasemir Malevich. His black square was the culmination of the abstraction of form that had started with the Impressionists and Cubists. By removing all reference to the physical world he made this work purely about the creativity of the artist.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Probably the single most important visit was the Abstract Expressionist work in the permanent collection at the Met, New York.
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
What is it about? To which the simple answer is order and chaos. I might then expand depending on the reaction.
What / who inspired you to be an artist?
Rothko room at the Tate. I wish I could be more original but this is the first memory I have of being moved by a painting.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
A garage in Kent - it’s rent free.
What do you like most about being an artist?
When I am lost in a painting.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
The decision to give it a go
What are your plans for the coming year?
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1. A physical or conceptual structure extended or developed from a basic form.
2. In Marxist theory, the legal and political ideologies or institutions of a society that develop from the basic social relations of material production and economics.
In the publication of The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin claimed that those creatures most adept at mathematics would come out on top.
Mathematician Thomas Hales later proved that the hexagonal geometry used by honey bees to build their hives was the most efficient structure to produce maximum cells with least wax.
“…changes in the economic foundation lead, sooner or later, to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure”
Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
Structure, order and chaos are counter pointed in the dialectics of the grid. The historical context of both Suprematism and de Stijl is evident as Brannan attempts to give a formal response to contemporary models of social hierarchy.
2010 - 12 - Curator of programme at Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
2011 - Nailphilia, Degreeart Execution Room
2010 - Solo Show, Deeson Gallery, Canterbury
2009 - Turner Contemporary Open, Margate
2009 - Superstructure, Medcalf, Exmouth Market
2008 - Collaboration with Roadsworth at Cans Festival, Leake Street
2008 - Artist’ s Don’t Bite, Maidstone.
2008 - Climate for Change, Camden.
2008 - Wakefield Art Walk, The Coach House Gallery, Wakefield.
2008 - South East Open Studios.
2007- By Hand, Maidstone.
2007- Three Degrees (Degree Show) Ashford.