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Case of Curio
Andrew Bracey's practice hovers on the fringes of painting as it crosses over and expands into installation, curation, sculpture, drawing and animation. Bracey is intrigued by the visual saturation of contemporary life and how we make choices through looking. Work is often displayed on mass, with many individual elements combining to create a whole. Bracey questions the role of the original, the reproduction (in print, online or in a catalogue for example) and exhibition display.
His most recent work features 'parasitic', painted additions to ‘host’ historical figurative paintings. Bracey primarily works on reproductions of oil paintings, each varying in style, period and type of figuration - that are worked over with geometric/crystalline paintwork or disintegrate in gestural performances. The eye alternates between his contemporary addition and the original. Despite a consistency of rules adopted when painting, each work takes on its own unique character and alter the viewers perception of the original source.