New York

Brian Alfred

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On the evidence of this exhibition, “It’s Already the End of the World,” and of his 2005–2008 series “Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!,” Brooklyn-based painter and filmmaker Brian Alfred seems to have not only a distinctly apocalyptic bent but also a belief in the continuing power of the individual to steer both art history and history tout court. Picturing an assortment of (for the most part) widely known heroes and villains alongside key sites and signs of sociopolitical flux, Alfred also portrays (albeit at smaller scale) some of his own personal guiding lights—studio mates and other youngish contemporaries whose wider influence has yet to be seen. Typically reworking found or photographed images on a computer before translating them into flat, Pop-ish acrylics and collages, the artist presents a vision of a culture in thrall to the charismatic and the iconic.

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