Colby Brewer’s art practice is enigmatic and often ethereal, focusing more on experience and presence than on static objects. Through outdoor installations, video pieces, and site-specific walks, the artist explores the nature of constructed space.
As we saw in our previous feature of Colby’s viewpoints in spaces, occasionally the artist constructs a work in which the audience is given a specific set of instructions for the viewing. In other works, however, a lot of tangible and explanatory information is deliberately withheld, turning relatively mundane buildings and locations into new and interesting experiential spaces. In Colby’s series, wRonGsiDe, for example, a local building with a large and recognizable sign placed on its roof is photographed from odd angles and accompanied in video form by a series of strange and disorienting sounds.
I enjoy the way Colby encourages viewers to re-examine seemingly innocuous spaces for all the hidden meanings and interpretations that might exist. I hope to see more recent work from Colby in the future.