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"I’ve been painting on found surfaces for more than 20 years. In 2012, I began exploring “found” through collage.
Everything I create has a found element, whether it's a rejected scrap of partially dyed canvas, a page of a book that was oxidized by a note placed inside decades before, or the horsehair bristles from an architect’s brush.
I'm inspired by the hunt to find new materials and the challenge of editing. A piece is finished when the combination of shapes and ideas comes together like a puzzle; when the positive and negative space have equal say; when I’ve exhausted all other possibilities.
I make art to see how far from my comfort zone I can go, to discover new directions in both process and subject, and to find the space when I am utterly lost in creation.
The search is endless, as is the process.
I live and work in Jersey City, NJ." http://kirklandbray.com/statement/
"Artist Kirkland Bray watched his hometown (St. Paul, MN) grow from 10.000 to 50.000 residents in a relatively short period of time. Houses, asphalt and Fastfood restaurants replaced empty areas and country sides. Like in his hometown, Kirkland Bray witnessed city growth in Los Angeles and Jersey City, where he has been living since 2005. As he explains, all this strongly affected how he creates and views his artwork. “I am trying to convey the struggle between city, suburb and country side. Their co-existence and how I portray it in my work is what challenges and excites me.” http://www.artisticmoods.com/kirkland-bray/ undefined