Bryan Northup

Bryan Northup

Bryan Northup is a Chicago based environmental artist who graduated from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California 1998 and since 2008 lives in Chicago. As an environmental artist, Bryan uses single-use plastics and foam that litter our daily lives to create wall relief and sculpture works that mimic and abstract food. His current work forces an interaction with the ubiquitous plastics of modern life, manipulating the viewer’s appetites while recording a material fingerprint that alludes to contemporary social values.

Curator Review: Red Tide
This dynamic piece by artist Bryan Northup absolutely bursts with color and texture. A sensation of freedom and cohesion sets in motion his energetic palette and individual forms. Gathered together these intricate elements begin to biomorph within the mind of the viewer, conjuring up thoughts of a ‘cellular sea’ and blooms of algae as the title suggests. Perhaps this highly imaginative and significant work, is a metaphoric reflection on impermanence and change.
- E.E. Jacks

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