Bryan Gammage

Bryan Gammage

Oak Park, IL, United States

About Bryan Gammage

Postmodern ideology strongly influences my work. In the post-script to his novel “The Name Of The Rose”, author Umberto Eco eloquently explains the relationship between Modernism and Postmodernism perhaps better than anyone else has.

Eco states, “I believe that postmodern is not a trend to be chronologically defined, but, rather, an ideal category …a way of operating …The avant-garde destroys, defaces the past: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is a typical avant-garde act. Then the avant-garde goes further, destroys the figure, cancels it, arrives at the abstract, the informal, the white canvas, the slashed canvas, the charred canvas. In architecture and the visual arts, it will be the curtain wall, the building as stele, pure parallelepiped, minimal art; in literature, the destruction of the flow of discourse, the Burroughs- like collage, silence, the white page; in music, the passage from atonality to noise to absolute silence (in this case, the early John Cage is modern).
But the moment comes when the avant-garde (the modern) can go no further, because it has produced a metalanguage that speaks of its impossible texts (conceptual art).

The postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently. I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, “I love you madly,” because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is a solution. He can say, “As Barbara Cartland would put it, ‘I love you madly’.” At this point, having avoided the false innocence, having said clearly that it is no longer possible to speak innocently, he will nevertheless have said what he wanted to say to the woman: that he loves her, but loves her in an age of lost innocence. If the woman goes along with this, she will have received a declaration of love all the same. Neither of the speakers will feel innocent, both will have accepted the challenge of the past, of the already said, which cannot be eliminated.; both will consciously and with pleasure play the game of irony. But both will have succeeded, once again, in speaking of love.”

Admired artists who have influenced my creative style and the aesthetic of my works are : Eric Fischl, Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (Balthus), Henry Darger, Martin Mull, Egon Schiele, Carlos Schwabe, Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Terry Gilliam, Robert Crumb, Rocio Boliver, Barnett Newman, Robert Longo, David Salle.

Education

BFA University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Events

https://www.bryangammage.com
Oak Park Art League: Artist Member
Oak Park Art League: Exhibition Committee Member

Exhibitions

2021 May 4 - May 26
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Intersection: Word & Art Exhibition
Artwork: "Episodic Recollection"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org

2021 Mar 31 - April 29
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Centennial Anniversary - Spring Artist Member Exhibition
Artwork: "Playing with Fire"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org

2021 Mar 2 - Mar 25
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Space to Breath - Abstract
Artwork: "Koninklijke Amsterdamsche Roei" and "Glimpse"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org

2021 Feb 2 - Feb 24
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Gather - Human Connections
Artwork: "Workaday Rhythm" and "Barcelona Daydream"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org

2021 Jan 7 - Jan 29
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Unmasked - Figure, Form & Portraiture
Artwork: "Taratino at 10:20" and "Anti-Hero"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org

2020 Dec 1 - Dec 19
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Holiday 100 Fundraiser
Artwork: "Hi-Bounce Beckons Fifi"
https://www.oakparkartleague.org/new-page-1

2020 Nov 5 - Nov 24
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Artist Member Exhibition
Artwork: "Really Karen, REALLY !!??"

2020 Oct 6 - Oct 30
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Art for Social Change: Dissent
Artwork: "Modus Operandi 45"

2020 Sept 9 - Oct 1
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Under the Influence Exhibition
Artwork: "Like Hypnotizing Chickens"

2020 Aug 2 - Aug 29
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Tremendously Diminutive Small Works Exhibition
Artwork: "Ethology", "High Jinks", and "Emerge"

2020 June 4 - July 30
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Artist Member Exhibition
Artwork: "Camera Ready"

2020 April 1 - 30
Envision Arts Magazine / Online Gallery
BOTANICALS - a curated exhibition
Artwork: "Longbranch Cafe" & "Scrutinize"
Link: https://www.envisionartshow.com/botanicals

2020 March 4 - April 30
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Entanglements Abstract Show
Artwork: "A Time Portal Regurgitating Deconstructionism Ad Infinitum"

2020 Feb 5 - 28
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Domestic Moments Show
Artwork: "The Dukkha of Faded Youth" and "Vermilion"

2020 Feb 1 - 29
Envision Arts Magazine / Online Gallery
For the Love of Art II Show - a curated exhibition
Artwork: "Diffident"
Link: https://www.envisionartshow.com/love-ii

2020 Jan 15 - Feb 22
Cross Culture Arts Gallery at the Old Courthouse Arts Center / Woodstock IL
Curiosity National Fine Art Exhibition - a curated exhibition
Artwork: "Out of the Blue" & "Loft"

2020 Jan 1 - 31
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Motion Composure Show
Artwork: "Balance" and "How's the Water"

2019 Dec 4 - 29
440 Gallery / Brooklyn NY
15th Annual Small Works Show - a juried exhibition
Artwork: "High Jinks"

2019 Nov 6 - Dec 6
OPAL Carriage House Gallery / Oak Park IL
Fall Members Show
Artwork: "Urgency"