A Matter of Heart
“Reed approaches all cultures with a pantheistic fervor, with a mission to connect universalisms in all cultures across all time through his art…. (his) use of nudes as priests and performers doubles the meaning of ritual and aesthetic uses of the body.“
- Laura Roulet, Independent Curator,
“Bilateral Engagement," 2009-2010, Art Museum of the Americas, OAS, Washington, D.C.
"Reed.... pulled off a cultural tour de force. He seems to have intuited certain secrets of African visual power, and emphasized moral statement, and passed them through a new mind."
- Robert Farris Thompson, author,
Tango: The Art History of Love
"Her nakedness is essential", Reed explained.
- New York Times
“ Engagement’ is a visual poem.”
- The Washington Post
A MATTER OF HEART is the second exhibition of Brian Reed's five-part Journey of Love series. This latest installation and live performance follow Reed's critically acclaimed New York Times reviewed exhibition, Through the Heart of it All.
A MATTER OF HEART is an installation of sculpture, sound, drawing, and performance that invites the viewer to journey continues as viewers enter the Book of Truth. In a live, ritualistic performance, deities will open the book to unlock its message about the meanings of A Matter of the Heart. Reed says. "To know love as beauty, one must know the beauty of suffering and pain."
Brian Reed is a New York based mixed-media, installation artist whose provocative installations and live performance art with nude models have fostered coverage and discourse from the Washington Post, the Village Voice, NPR, the American Bar Association, and the ACLU.
Education: James Madison University, Yale University
Recent Exhibits: Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., 2010