Untitled (Fan Puff)

Artist: Brian Belott
installation, painting | Mixed media | 2108x1854x216mm | 2016

Brian Belott plays with and expands the parameters of painting, collage, and sculpture by encasing various pigments and abject objects that he has accumulated—among them, toothpaste, doorknobs, mustard, and an abacus—into rectangular blocks of ice. Backlit by light boxes inside industrial freezers, these frozen slabs of everyday detritus are temporarily transformed into spectacular multicolored ingots suggesting stained glass. Also part of his installation is Untitled (Fan Puuuuuuuff), which incorporates a working box fan. The artist started his Puuuuuuuff pieces in the late 1990s, covering canvases with cotton balls coated in thick, colorful paint to create textured, three-dimensional surfaces that riff on the tradition of modernist abstract painting. By infusing his works with humor and absurdity, Belott makes a space for creativity and invention, stating, “A well-delivered joke could save the world.”(Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York and Rome)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)