Brandon Briscoe, Untitled, 2011, acrylic and spray paint.

In Consideration of the Interventional Quality of Natural Disaster

Spray Booth Gallery
130 W 18th Wyandotte Street (inside Volker Bikes)
Kansas City
... or in a Whirlwind
Works by Brandon Briscoe

November 4-November 26, 2011

Many civilizations, present included, subscribe to a narrative-based understanding of "The Great Storm." Throughout history societies have often portrayed natural disasters as supernatural devices intended for sovereign purposes. Often within these narratives, catastrophe is re-interpreted as the divine hand of justice or even deliverance.

Briscoe says of his work, "In some instances pictures reflect kineticism or fluxation in foreign territory. Entryways or apertures. An invitation to embark, Infalliabilities encounter the infallible, a carrying away."


In the last decade more people have experienced the destructive effects of tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes than at any other time in recorded history. Because of the dramatic increase in frequency and force of natural disasters, humanity has been led to reinterpret the storm narrative in order to reconcile personal world views. Even locally, Missourian’s perception of natural disasters was altered this year as the deadliest storm in almost six decades tore through Joplin and images of its destructive path were portrayed on the news. These images included storm clouds, flooded plains as well as the splintered frames of flattened neighborhoods and farms.

Brandon Briscoe’s work is an attempt to explore the laws of reality in light of what represents itself as supernatural. There is both compromise and conflict in the images as a relationship between “system” and the uncanny is established. The paintings and installations in ...or in a Whirlwind, seek to harmonize structure and design with what might be seen as visually confusing or crude. Within the imagery, failed structures (splintered and broken lines, shapes and textures) may become transportation devices to unworldly landscapes.

Brandon Brisco, Theophanic Cloud with Border, 2011, acrylic and spray paint.