Patrick Brien @ ThreeSquared
Published by Art Now Nashville, March 31, 2012
By Ryder Richards
“I am left with only impressions of the architecture… the most important thing is to feel the city.” ~ Walter Benjamin
Strongly graphic in composition, the temptation to see beyond the merely formal shapes is rewarded upon close inspection: Brien occasionally scrapes areas of opaque paint aside revealing a density of delicate layers highlighting a surprisingly warm coloration and diagrammatic line work, as if exposing the warm skin and inspiration beneath the facade. Knowing the painting’s foundations are architectural ideograms, each piece begins in a precise, rational language of creativity where precision is paramount, yet the language is partially eradicated as the composition moves forward taking on an identity as a hierarchy of form must be established, lending each work a tactile, personalized feeling at odds with the cold Euclidian geometry of schematics.