Brooks Salzwedel: Of Steel, Cement and Earth
Salzwedel's delicate and subtle landscapes reflect the friction between urban development and nature. Even his medium of choice is a statement of this clash, despite being a natural product (resin is the hydrocarbon secretion from plant), the actual hand layering process is considered very toxic and even dangerous when in liquid state. With this painstaking process, Salzwedel is able to accomplish incredibly ethereal artworks with a sense of depth.
His most recent body of work will be presented at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City, Spring 2012. The focus of the work will be on Turn of the Century bridges (1890-1914) in mid-constuction. From New York's East River Bridge, to Eads Bridge in Illinois to the St. Vincent bridge in Los Angeles. They capture a moment as if civilization had suddenly abandoned these cities leaving behind the decrepit construction of bridges now overgrown with foliage and old trees, as nature had originally intended.
"Salzwedel makes landscapes for a world in which nature is under siege. Still, that doesn't mean his pictures appear post-apocalyptic. They are beautiful in a bittersweet way, the dark trunks and branches looking tapestry-like within their resin-coated surfaces. The mood is autumnal." - Robert L. Pincus, Art Critic, San Diego Union-Tribune
Brooks Salzwedel graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design in 2004. Since his graduation, Brooks has shown at several galleries throughout the West Coast, such as OKOK Gallery in Seattle, Tinlark, Seeline Gallery, Black Maria Gallery and La Luz de Jesus, MOCA in Los Angeles, and most recently The Hammer Museum. He has done commissions for Ron Herman at Fred Segal and The Four Seasons' hotel in Washington DC. His work can be seen in magazines such as Juxtapoz, ArtReview, New Angels, and NY Arts. In addition to his flourishing art practice, Brooks is also the designer and producer of an award winning line of belt buckles, Shane Belt Buckles, featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s 2006 Best of Issue.
Brooks Shane Salzwedel is an artist and accessories designer living in Los Angeles, CA.