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AP2 - Bram Braam

Bram Braam

  • German based artist

  • uses a variety of materials - more concerned about process and creative act of making

  • Uses the concept of utopia - meaning non place - links to how his works appear like they exist in a space but it is fictional and contrived. - links to the imaginary architecture of his sculptures and installations - links to neo futurism

Braam deals with this concept in a circular way through a vortex of reinvented materials, found objects, assembled furniture, rags of city walls, and almost any element can be exemplary of a constructivist historicity understood not only in relation to building but also in semantic terms. (Braam, B, 2022)

There is an interested connection with my own practice where I am also interested in found objects. Braam is able to make use of this in creating very painterly wall reliefs. He is able to pair the old with new to create very striking sculptures. There are a lot of processes and construction and destruction, things being curved but also geometric - a lot of visual juxtapositions.

Braam addresses Utopia both as an environmental utopia with a functionalist and constructivist mold that characterized 20th century modernism and as a non-place utopia. It is a fairly complicated dialectic in which what is identified as a possible place with its own recognizable identity becomes non-place as soon as the possibility of its being or of its lasting decay. At the same time we are witnessing the awareness of the non-place as the only place possible. (Braam, B, 2022)

His work appears as an amalgamation of different architectural styles, with links to an urban or civilized environment due to the use of found objects that we can identity from our own surroundings.

The sculptures are described as being inspired by movements such as Bauhaus and De Stijl while exploring a sense of urban chaos.

  • creating fictional structures - large scale installations

  • it could be interesting to consider how my own work could explore more ambitious scales.

  • very painterly - combination of materials - links to urban through spray paint - appear like sections of an existing object

  • Interesting combination of frame works and materials as well as print - create an amalgamation of materials

  • It appears structural, and purposeful - like it serves some kind of function

  • It is more noticeable how the architectural movements such as Bauhaus are an inspiration with the use of geometric forms and angular edges - it is worth considering how I can include more allusions to architecture if this is a context I want to push further

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