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Diedrick Brackens

Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence Open Studio

November 21, 2019
Open Studio: 12-2 p.m.
VAF 508, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego
Free and open to the public

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The Visual Arts Department is pleased to welcome Diedrick Brackens as the 2019 Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence. "Thoughtfully employing the language of weaving and textile making, Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identity and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens uses calculated woven algorithms that stem from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate his intricate tapestries, seeking to highlight the complexities of African-American identity while also focusing on the loom and its significance to cultural production." (Text from Hammer Museum.)

Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, Texas) works in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Brackens received his BFA from University of North Texas, in 2011, and MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts, in 2014. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at The New Museum, New York (2019); Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita (2017); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2019); Johansson Projects, Oakland (2015). Group exhibitions include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles(2018); SOMArts, San Francisco (2014); Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley (2014); 3rd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2013); and Museum of Geometric Art, Dallas (2011). He work is apart of various museum and private collections. Brackens is a recipient of the Joyce A. Wein Prize from the Studio Museum (2018), Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art (2018), The Barclay Simpson Award from the California College of the Arts (2014) and Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund (2011).

The Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence Endowment was established in 2016 to extend Martha Longenecker's legacy as an artist and educator. In the spirit of her historic impact on the visual arts in both local and global communities, this endowment brings to the Visual Arts Department of UC San Diego artists of national and international stature who will inspire our students to broaden the scope, appeal, and range of art as well as incite exchange with the faculty, the campus community and local artists and audiences.


Photos by Nick Lesley.