Brian Block’s practice is centered on language as it relates to perception. His projects often explore our relationships to perceptual authorities, and the realities they produce and propagate. Block often begins his projects with in-depth research followed by the creation of works which engage with forms of knowledge and information produced within authoritative forms of reality.
Current projects include the “Information Paintings” which take up museum wall label texts from his archive: www.artinformations.com and move them into the language of painting. His project “The Edward Bernays Case” developed out of research into the psychoanalysis of controversial and notorious self-aggrandizing Public Relations pioneer Edward Bernays (1891-1995), whose knowledge of psychology of public persuasion arrived from his uncle Sigmund Freud.
Brian Block was born in Milton, MA and studied English literature prior to completing his MFA at SVA in NYC where he studied closely with Mel Bochner and Sarah Charlesworth. Recently, he has returned to institution based education, at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2015-16, and Hunter College in 2013-14.
He has exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery, Stellan Holm Gallery, White Columns, and PARTICIPANT INC, while his video work has been screened internationally, most notably at LES RECONTRES in Paris, IMPAKT in Utrecht and at V22 in London. Block has done residencies at the American Academy in Rome, The Watermill Center, The Cooper Union, and the Whitney ISP.