BRETT THOMAS HERRON
(b. Pittsburgh, PA 1990)
Is an artist, educator and curator living and working out of Morgantown West Virginia. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking and a minor in art history from Slippery Rock University. In the spring of 2016, Herron was awarded a masters degree in printmaking and sculpture from West Virginia University.
Herron's work continues to investigate deep into extending Minimalism's anonymity and relational aesthetics while adhering to his own predetermined artistic parameters. The work is concerned with observed form and composition along with the transformation of mundane and knowable materials into uncertain sculptures that highlight their physical properties. Emphasis is placed on the material presence and spatial ambiguities of the work, while continuously rejecting the conventions of sculpture and painting as mainstays of artistic production.
In the Fall of 2017, he was accepted into Cow House Studios artist-in-residence program in Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Herron has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions including SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR, Laura Mesaros Gallery, WV; Tautology Collective Group Exhibition, Spark Art Space, NY; Encountering the Anthropocene: Landscapes of a New Epoch, Tautology Collective, WV; LHUCA Warehouse Gallery Exhibition, Tautology Collective Exhibition:W.PA -> W.TX, TX; Patent Pending, Charles Adams Gallery, TX; Installment (with Ryder Richards) STUDIO2504, WV; Digital Distance: An Exploration of Proliferating Internetization (with Eric D, Charlton) STUDIO2504, WV; Bottom Feeders and The Distant Self: Alternative Approaches to Self-Portraiture, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan School of Art and Design, MI; Indefinite Spaces Portfolio Exchange, Cross Roads Gallery at the Center of Arts and Culture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
In 2012 Herron became a founding member of Tautology Collective, an American based collective consisting of seven artists, all of whom were living and working in Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region at the time.” Artists include: Eli Blasko, Eric D. Charlton, Joshua Emery, Trevor King, Lauren Strahl and Xia Zhang.
Herron has also spent time in the heart of New York City's contemporary art scene working with Pace Prints and Jacob Lewis Gallery assisting with the curtain and installation of various exhibitions ranging from Keith Haring to Shepard Fairey.