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Brian Carpenter

Levitation | 32″ x 48″ | Archival pigment print | 2012

Artist Statement

Brian Carpenter is an artist, curator and Assistant Professor based in Toledo, Ohio. Utilizing a range of media through 2D and 3D methods, his work explores the pathological constructs of affliction and its relationship to history and cultural identity. His current research involves inquiries into tools as extensions of organisms and their role in the organization of a species. Carpenter attended the University of Toledo where he received a BA through the University College individualized program concentrating in sculpture, photography, and architecture. Later he earned his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and was the recipient of the Cranbrook Merit Award in photography. Carpenter is the Co-founder and Director of Curation of Contemporary Art Toledo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the production, presentation, and promotion of ideas from visual artists from around the Great Lake regions and the world.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Detroit Artist Market
Scarab Club

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @brian_e_carpenter

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.