Jonathan Brilliant, inspired by manufactured, mass-produced items in his environment, has focused on coffee shop paraphernalia. To create the main components of his solo exhibition at Artspace "To Weave. To Stack. To Stain.", Brilliant worked on a number of projects, each utilizing a unique coffee shop related item. Perhaps the works he has become best known for are constructed from thousands of wooden coffee stirrers. Brilliant weaves the stirrers together, relying solely on tension. The reuse of materials is prevalent in Brilliant’s work. Brilliant incorporated woven sections from the previous show into his new exhibition.
On view at Artspace, Raleigh, NC. August 3-September 22, 2012.
all images © Jonathan Brilliant
Sleeve Loops (images below) : an intricate, curvilinear installation of stacked cardboard coffee sleeves. This suspended work winds and weaves into the gallery space, intersecting the coffee stirrer installation.
Grounds for Removal (image below) : two concentric circles on the gallery’s brick wall, stained with espresso dust and water.
Product Configuration (images below) : comprised of several rings of black, brown, and white plastic solo traveler lids.