Adam Brent: Artist & Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Parsons school of Design

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Adam Brent creates sculptural installations that combine architectural and organic elements to explore issues of nature, reflection, interiors and structure. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995 and his MFA in sculpture from Parsons The New School for Design in 2001. His work has been exhibited at such notable museums and galleries as The Islip Art Museum, The Bronx Museum for Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Museum For Contemporary Art, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Artists Space, Apex Art, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Gathering of The Tribes, Wave Hill, Momenta Gallery, Bogart Salon and BRIC Rotunda. Additionally, he took part in Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum and Emerge at the Aljira center for Contemporary Arts, Newark. Brent was recently awarded a re-grant from the The Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as administered from the Brooklyn Arts Council. Brent is also a principle-founding member of the BroLab Collective. He has received critical attention from the Village Voice, L Magazine, The NY Press, Art Critical, The New York Daily News and the New York Times.

What I do best?

I am artist and educator. I think I approach practice and pedagogy with the same rigor and willingness to fail greatly. So I think what I do best with respect to my careers is take risks and hedge on the unexpected.

What makes me the best?

I can make anything out of nothing and I simply never loose any ground. I see life, art and academia as parts of a whole that echo outward and most importantly forward. I am good at adding to what I already have and accomplished and I am great at keeping it in perspective.

What are my aspirations?

I love working with my gallery, Slag Contemporary in NY because it also gives me an international presence. After my solo show in NY in the fall of 2016, I would love to exhibit more in Europe and abroad. At Parsons, I would like to continue in leadership. Presently, I am of the Director of Integrated Design, under my leadership, we reinvented the curriculum to be a self directed liberal design curriculum unlike any other where students can graduate with multiple minors integrating multiple design disciplines. I would like to advance in leadership and continue to develop progressive art and design curricula for Parsons School of Design. I want to continue to make an impact.

Biggest success?

Its hard not to say my my two children. They are amazing, bright and have the best of me and all of my wife in them. Beyond that my students have gone on to do great things at the highest levels of their respective fields. So, my children and my students are my greatest success.

Most challenging moment?

I grew up with a congenital heart defect, Aortic Stenosis. In my twenties, I had a complex surgery called the Ross Procedure where my aortic valve was replaced with my pulmonary valve and my pulmonary valve was replaced by a donated valve. Confronting my mortality in slow motion was a challenge to say the least. Knowing everything that you were at the time could be cemented in the vacuum of a short life and everything that you wanted to be could be would amount to nothing or speculation was scary and depressing. The recovery was difficult but I met the challenge the same way I would anything else. I gave it pure hell and it set a furious path forward to present day.

Favorite Motto?

Sharks only swim forward

Favorite people:

Rebecca Min Lee ( My wife), Alexander Calder, Mark Potter (artist from a small town in CT), Andre Agassi, Bruce Willis and Chevy Chase

Favorite Places?

Woodbury CT, Brooklyn NY, St Lucia, Phnom Penh, Captiva FL

Favorite Products?

Google Sketchup and 3D printers

Current Passions?

Nature, birds and walks. Walking through nature is my addiction. I am happiest and most creative when I can hear the birds, move, and let my imagination roll. This is when I feel as though anything is possible, the most optimistic, and that  I can think my way around any obstacle and dream up the impossible.