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Alignment (10)
Brent Wadden
Alignment (10)


Painting - Hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas

215 x 200 cm
“I hope my paintings create some amount of confusion in the viewer which would lead to a fascination with the process.”

The use of wool and yarn in Brent Wadden’s paintings softens the graphic lines and edges of repeating geometric forms, rejecting the usual predetermined systems and austerity attached to geometric abstraction.
Alignment (13)
Brent Wadden
Alignment (13)


Painting- Hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas

215 x 370 cm
The texture and unpredictability of how the wool acts resembles the accidental drips or gestural brushstrokes that might occur in a painting, while the fibre of the wool maintains the kind of emotional warmth that is deliberately absent in a flat painted surface.
Alignment (21)
Brent Wadden
Alignment (21)


Painting- Hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas

205 x 185 cm
By choosing to work with second-hand, or pre-used yarns and wool, Wadden is often short of the amount he needs and so compensates with matching filler which – along with the inherent process – affects the consistency of the final work and combines the aspirations of reductive modernist painting with the ’make-do-and-mend’ of a poorer domesticity.

In his Alignment paintings 10, 13 and 21, Wadden successfully merges the surface beauty and decorative connotations attached to weaving with the high-minded concerns of geometric abstraction, and echoes the ideas present in the work of such artists as Jim Iserman, Sheila Hicks and Anni Albers; openly celebrating the uneasy area between folk art and fine art.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

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Brent Wadden's BIOGRAPHY

Brent Wadden
Born in 1979, Nova Scotia, Canada
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


TBT, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

Shoupie, Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, CA

Master of None, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin, DE
Silent Chimes, A1C Gallery, St. John's, CA

Moodz, Sid Lee Collective, Amsterdam, NL

Heavy Light Off White, Berlin Art Scouts, Berlin, DE

ODONDM, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, CA


Peres Projects, NYC, USA

NADA Miami Beach,w/ Peres Projects, Miami, USA
ARTISSIMA 19 w/ Peres Projects, Turin, IT
ART TORONTO w/ Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, CA
FIAC w/ Peres Projects, Paris, FR
One day at a time, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

Print on the Nose, Swop Art, Stockholm, SE
The Show Box, Wide View Studio, Amsterdam, NL
The Genesis, S&yM, Berlin, DE
Metrospective 1.0, Program, Berlin, DE

Young Turks, Context Gallery, Derry, IRE
Feather Throat, Grimmuseum, Berlin, DE
WHO CARES, REDUX, Appartment, Berlin, DE
Dump Art, Harzerstrasse 95, Berlin, DE
Straight to the Unknown, The Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, DE
Cronies, Home Work, Berlin, DE

HÜTTENDONG, After the Butcher, Berlin. DE
The Joyful Bewilderment, Here Gallery, Bristol, UK
Less Is More, The Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, DE
Prismatak, Domy Books, Houston, USA
Art Trek, Mekanik Strip, Antwerp, BE

ALLES MUSS RAUS, Bongout, Berlin, DE
DER AUTORITÄT, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, DE
Raking Leaves In the Wind, Create Berlin, Berlin, DE
Illustrative 2008, Zurich, CH
The Joyful Bewilderment, Rough Trade East, London, UK
THIS PLACE IS FOREIGN, Mad Vicky's Tea Gallery, Paris, FR
Fifty Fifty, RDF Gallerie, Nice, FR
Mollusk Kollektiv, Bongout, Berlin, De
Radar Eyes: A Survey of Hallucinogenic Printmaking, curated by Seripop and Reuben Kincaid, Co Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USA

Staring Therapy, 1026, Philadelphia, USA
Streams, torrents, lakes.., Program, Berlin, DE
WYSIWTYG #1, Schauraum, Berlin, DE
I See the Face I See the Light, The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, USA
Ballpoint Pen Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

Rio, Artnews Projects, Berlin, DE
Fuck Death Foundation, Gallery Deluxe Gallery, Halifax, CA
Maximum Warriors, Yes, Portland, USA
Secret West Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE, collaboration w/ Ethan Hayes-Chute
Sight Unseen: Recent Acquisitions, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, CA
Sleepover Psychadelia, Ka-pok, Hong Kong, China

SINCERITY OVERDRIVE, Stride Gallery, Calgary, CA
Team Willow Art Factory, Gallery Deluxe Gallery, Halifax, CA
Stay Warm, Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt am, DE

Reichertz, Wadden, Wiebe, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Newfoundland, CA
The Infinite Fill Group Show , Foxy Productions Gallery, New York, USA
Celestial Seasonings, Khyber Center For The Arts, Nova Scotia
National Biennale of Contemporary Sculpture, Trois-Rivières, CA

Razzle Dazzle, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, CA
Is This a Mirage?, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, CA
We Were Thinking, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, CA