Brooks Salzwedel’s work evokes the fragility of our environments, natural and unnatural, often by showcasing the junction of urban development and natural landscapes. These works simultaneously display the transition between unnatural encroachments on the natural and natural reclamation of environments. The main comparison is between urban development and landscapes as it is the most visible study of creation and destruction. Salzwedel’s graphite, colored pencil, and mylar works are cast in resin. The resulting serene yet eerie landscapes are full of depth.
My work is made from hand-drawing graphite and colored pencil on mylar, tape and other semi-transparent materials then cast in resin. The resin and the tape I use in the work feel toxic and pollutant giving the fairly surreal landscapes a weathered, unhealthy look. I hope there is seen to be a beautiful contrast between the subject matter, drawn delicately then held together by something so off-color and dirty feeling. The content usually consists of the fight between urban development and nature, as well as a similarity in natural landscapes and the human body.
Brooks Salzwedel received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at many institutions, including group shows at the Hammer museum and MOCA, as well as work acquired by The Houston Museum of Contemporary art, and the Portland Art Museum. His work has been featured in American Art Collector, New American Paintings, Cercle Magazine, Entre Magazine, ArtWeek, Los Angeles Times, ArtReview, Juxtapoz Magazine, and many others. Salzwedel has been collected by many respected persons and organizations including The Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC, Jon Hamm, Betye Saar, Rose Apodaca, Jennifer Westfeldt, Mattia Biagi and private international collectors.