Biography

Brian Imfeld is a mixed media artist and art teacher from Raleigh, North Carolina. His abstract compositions draw inspiration from the language of graphs and math to communicate ideas with the viewer. Brian was born in 1978 in Beaufort, South Carolina. As the son of military parents he studied and observed life in many towns and cities in the United States. In 2001, Brian earned his BFA in Printmaking and BS in Art from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His work has been included in exhibitions in Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  Currently working as an art teacher, Brian has observed the way data can be used to define people in powerful but sometimes unsettling ways.

Artist Statement

Can we understand anything absolutely and completely? Even if we study and measure every quality we see, there are important characteristics that are beyond our ability to measure. Measuring and organizing helps everyone to better understand how the world works.  But the full picture is still always slightly, we hope only slightly, beyond full comprehension.

My work is compositionally inspired by the visual language of graphs, charts and writing. When I plan and lay out my work, I incorporate grids, consider margins, and arrange symbols to create a space where the placement of something has meaning, and is in part defined by our experiences with other visual forms of communications.  Grid lines could divide individuals or highlight their commonalities, and a line graph could represent changes between two points but could also be a horizon line.  As I collect data for each piece, I determine a layer by layer procedure to incorporate each piece of information into the same space.

I choose many of my materials for the textures they allow me to create. My aim is to elicit an impression about the environment of the artwork; similar to the way walking in the sand or stepping on broken glass might also conjure an impression. Incorporating found objects and unconventional art making materials allows the nature of the materials to represent for me unclear characteristics that cannot be defined or quantified.  Spread over the entire surface, these non quantifiables are present everywhere.

As a constant observer I always feel that if I continue to look at a problem I may find a new perspective from which to see it. By juxtaposing seemingly unrelated variables, perhaps new connections can be found. At the very least I have mentally sorted out a new question and possibly found my place in the grid.  And maybe you can see yourself somewhere in the grid also.

Accomplishments

Education

2001

  • BFA in Printmaking, Miami University, Oxford, OH, Cum Laude. Minor: Film Studie

  • BS in Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH, Cum Laude.

Exhibitions

2013

  • Pulp, Visual Art Exchange (VAE), Raleigh, NC (Juror: Shana Dumont Garr, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Artspace, Raleigh, NC)

2015

  • Common Goods, Visual Art Exchange (VAE), Raleigh, NC (Jurors: Jonathan Brilliant, Joyce Watkins King, Matt McConnell)

  • N.E.W. Show, Visual Art Exchange (VAE), Raleigh, NC (Juror: David Terry, Director of Programs and Curator, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York, NY)

  • Abstract & Contemporary Art Forum, MJH Gallery, United Arts Council of Wake County, Raleigh, NC

2016

  • Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange (VAE), Raleigh, NC

  • 525,600 MINS, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC

  • Abstract & Contemporary Art Forum, MJH Gallery, United Arts Council of Wake County, Raleigh, NC

 2017

  • North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Betty Ray McCain Gallery, Duke Energy Center, Raleigh, NC (Juror: Michael Rooks,Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum, Atlanta, GA) (catalogue)

  • Scope ‘17, VAE Raleigh, Raleigh, NC(Juror: Joseph Bigley, Professor of Art, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA)

Publications
2014

  • The Dreadful Project by The Sketchbook Project, The New Yorker, May 12, 2014, pp. 4-5

 Employment

2005- Art Teacher, Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC

2016 Artist, StreetSpark Mural Project, Hamilton, OH