Brandon J.Donahue

My work explores the ways that Sports and Art intersect in the same space. By deconstructing the objects that are used in each sport, I am discovering newer ways to view the sport. The works embody race, class, and the transformational spirit of the vernacular. I search for and collect articles and materials with a specific history. I then add to the history of the thing by employing multiple techniques and processes such as airbrushing, spray painting, vacuum forming, or simply reassembling the object.

Over the past sixteen years, I have been professionally custom airbrushing at t-shirt and car shops, athletic events, carnivals, festivals, and homes. Customizing and personalizing things is to me a rite. I believe in the ability to transcend the original state and meaning of things. I see myself in the work and realize that I, too, have potential to change.

Two art-making processes dominate my studio practice: airbrushing and assemblage. There is an exceptional quality to my painting process. Airbrushing enables me to work in large and small-scale detail without my tool physically touching the surface. Layers of paint evenly re-coat the material without altering its form. I collect mass-produced, publicly displayed, and sports objects such as like fallen street signs, basketballs, and video game controllers. My work relates to traditions of street art, Art Povera and occupies a space between low and high art culture.