Brian Dupont and Yahia Lababidi

Brian Dupont, “Record”


Brian Dupont Artist Statement

My practice is a study of how the visual aspects of information can be conveyed — or distorted — within the framework of abstract painting. I focus on the visual possibilities inherent in language; I take the written (or printed) word as source material, stressing and distorting the text through a process of painting, erasure, and repainting with shifts in kerning and scale. In my recent work I have begun to experiment with painting as a three dimensional object. Working in oil on aluminum I engage with the techniques of high art and common signage so that the painted surface and language will be placed on equal footing. By projecting the painting into the space of the viewer it cannot be viewed completely at a given time, forcing the viewer to confront the mechanics of how they read along with the content (both actual and intimated) of what they read.


Taking the writings of Samuel Beckett as a source, Record jumps from Krapp’s Last Tape, twisting to facilitate our current, ever-present surveillance state.


Response by Yahia Lababidi

Brian Dupont is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Yahia Lababidi is the author, most recently, of a collection of poems, Fever Dreams (Crisis Chronicles Press) and a collection of essays, Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing.

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