Brandon Shimmel

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: San Francisco, CA

Using a selective economy of mark-making and formal decisiveness, I construct minimal compositions that emphasize objecthood and physicality. I am deeply invested in process, material, and the presence a painting can command. I am interested in formal oppositions and the tension created by combining divergent components.

Integrating non-traditional painting materials through strategic formal interventions, I produce painting-based objects that accentuate texture, pattern, surface, color, and light. Showing an acute attention to edge and materiality, the paintings are articles of desire, posturing visually seductive indulgence. I am attracted to intelligently crafted and sophisticatedly designed objects, images, and environments. It is through this lens that I cultivate my own visual sensibilities, creating objects that project a similar energy.