Brody Albert: Strata

Brody Albert: Strata focuses on unseen sites, both intimate and public, throughout California, and the communities that inhabit them. Los Angeles-based artist Brody Albert presents three works, expanding beyond the gallery walls of the PMCA Project Room and into the Museum’s lobby and stairwell.

Smog rubbed away from the walls of a freeway tunnel, the crushed remains of a fire escape, accumulated paper waste spun into a nest— these are the results of unnoticed exchanges between people, environment, and industry. Brody Albert’s sculptural installations examine the interplay of this network, the marks which inhabitants leave on their surroundings. Placed outside of their typical domain, Albert’s rigorous translation of marks into material brings happenstance, accident, and marginalized space to the forefront.

Orosi (2016), conceived in sculpted steel, shows the network of a narrow alley shared between an abandoned freemason temple, an Orosi, CA tangerine farm, and the truck drivers who distribute the food. Wasp Nest (Mr. Horsepower) (2016) mirrors the labored process of wasps building a structure in order to draw a parallel with the built and shifting infrastructure of Californian cities. 110 at I-5 (2017) is an exacting, life-sized, re-creation rendered directly on the gallery walls and Museum stairwell. While pedestrians rub away smog and soot as they pass under the 110 freeway tunnel, Albert will produce the inverse, presenting the pedestrians’ record of movement in a vinyl mural.

California was made, and is being made, by the interaction of its inhabitants within the built and natural environment. Albert’s artwork tells these stories.

Based in Los Angeles, Brody Albert’s practice employs sculpture and installation to address the effects of social interaction and exchange. Albert began examining his surrounding environment while completing his BFA at Art Center College of Design and while completing his MFA at University of California, Irvine. His work has been exhibited at CES Gallery, Arturo Bandini, WAAP, Garden LA, VACANCY and UCLA’s New Wight Gallery and The Contemporary Art Center, Irvine, Access Gallery, Vancouver, and Roger’s Office, Los Angeles.

This exhibition’s education and engagement initiative is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Brody Albert: Strata is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Sarah Mitchell, PMCA Director of Exhibitions. The exhibition is supported by the PMCA Board of Directors, PMCA Ambassador Circle, and the California Visionary Fund.