Marc Brickman is a creative force whose innovative work as a director, producer, and lighting designer has captivated audiences worldwide. It is no coincidence that his ability to create large scale visual installations has evolved into his talent as an artist.
With the launch of his online studio marcbrickman.com
, Brickman unveiled his first series titled, 20 x 20 x 22 which includes 22 new works on canvas, each 20”X 20”.
“I’ve been painting for over 20 years. Exploring the nature of the works I have created with light, which are ephemeral and gone as soon as you see them, versus a piece on canvas that allows a more lasting relationship,” says Marc Brickman. “The series grew organically as I had a number of 20 x 20 canvases. As I began painting, I realized the size of the canvas created the perfect window frame.”
This is the first time the artist has opened his private studio to the public. Many of the new works are numbered, without a given title.
“I prefer not to title most of my pieces…I am all about color and the mystery of shape in our world. I have always created for the audience, allowing them to be drawn into the composition rather than the composition or color projecting outward. I hope they walk away thinking about what could be, rather than being told what is.”
Brickman has a long list of artists who have contributed to his love of the medium. “First, Mark Rothko, then moving on to Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, David Hockney, Clyfford Still, and Willem de Koonig.”
Brickman is himself an inspiration to many aspiring artists as his previous work has been seen and celebrated by millions around the world. His light artistry with Pink Floyd is arguably some of the most widely seen works globally, as is his work with Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Hans Zimmer and others. He was the first light artist to turn off the stadium lights at an Olympic Ceremony in Barcelona, creating a canvas of darkness from which the visuals would ignite the night skies to captivate the audience. That idea changed lighting design for live entertainment and spectacles forever.
When asked if the two forms of artistry overlap, Brickman shared, “There are numerous crossovers beginning with the audience. As stated previously, I create for the audience, challenging them to ask questions and use that inquisitive mystery to explore human existence on a grand scale. The influence and addition of music in sync only makes the experience more profound for the audience. Color and negative space in the moment extend the energy of that human connection. My previous work is ephemeral. The present work is tangible, tactile, accessible over time. Viewing live events is greatly diminished by watching a recording on a screen rather than experiencing the moment LIVE.”
Among his other career accolades include his longtime work with the Empire State Building’s Experience Museum which has an entire corner dedicated to Brickman’s work. Special lightings have included “The Rift” Event for Netflix’s “Stranger Things,”
the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Eminem’s performance of “Venom” for Jimmy Kimmel Live! from the rooftop.
Most recently, he created an installation for the Noor Art Festival of Light in Riyadh which featured a drone light installation that included 2000 drones choreographed and synced over an extended musical experience.
With a prolific career spanning decades, Brickman's groundbreaking contributions have left an indelible mark on the realms of music, live events, and visual storytelling. To learn more about his work, shop his online art gallery and contact, please visit https://marcbrickman.com/
and follow him @marcbrickman_art