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Uriel (formerly Ryan Brewer, b. 1985-2020) is an interdisciplinary artist (MFA ArtCenter, BFA Parsons) who works fluidly across sculpture, performance, multimedia, writing, and social practice. Since 2006, Uriel has exhibited at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels, Belgium), Invisible Exports, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Envoy Enterprises, the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (all NYC), and Last Projects (Los Angeles), among others. Their work has appeared in many publications including Artforum, W Magazine, Frieze, Mousse Magazine, New York Observer, Art Fag City, Artmagazine, Fillip Magazine, and E.R.O.S Issue 4: Man (Tate Modern, London, 2014). In 2011, Uriel was awarded a residency at the Fire Island Artist Residency, the first residency program for emerging LGBTQ artists in the United States (Fire Island, NY). They have also worked collaboratively with AA Bronson, including exhibitions at Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, Korea), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Esther Schipper (Berlin), Maureen Paley (London), Art Basel 43, Art Basel 44 (both Basel, Switzerland), among others. Uriel lives and works in West Hollywood, CA.

EMPLOYMENT

2018-               Ryan Brewer Studio, West Hollywood, CA

Studio Principal. Operate design studio and fabrication shop that provides creative consulting services and constructs custom commissions for local artists and arts institutions (in the form of sculptural prototypes, finished installation fixtures, and exhibition components); local home and business owners (in the form of specialized, site-specific residential or commercial fixtures and built-in furniture).

2016-18           ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Graduate Student Instructor/Teaching Assistant. Assist associate professors Olga Koumoundouros (Socially Engaged Art 2) and Amir Nikravan (Primary Structures: Structuralism and Representation in Painting), in the facilitation of advanced art practice courses for upper-level undergraduate students. The focus of Socially Engaged Art was the collaboration with the non-profit arts organization Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) to create co-sponsored and co-created exhibitions emphasizing the talents of underserved, differently-abled artist communities in Downtown Los Angeles. The central focus of Primary Structures {…} was on studio-based art practice and the intersection of contemporary painting with formal exercises, experiments, and critiques of Structuralist theory and methodologies.

2013-16           Bebe Daddy Services, Brooklyn, NY + Los Angeles, CA

Owner/Operator. Visual and technical consultant/contractor. Manage and facilitate residential and commercial projects. 
Custom design, fabrication, and installation of original fixtures.

2012-14           Breathe Life Healing Centers, New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA

Facilities/Project Manager. Responsible for the management of remodeling and staging projects of residential, administrative, and clinical settings; scheduled and coordinated projects with designers, contractors, operations management and staff; oversaw the design, fabrication, and installation of property assets; fulfilled security and safety protocols by developing and implementing policies and procedures in regulatory compliance.

2011-13           School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Research Assistant. Assisted faculty of the MFA Art Practice program to construct and edit academic course writing and to locate all supporting research materials. Coordinated with information technology team to provide course materials and multimedia assets for web-based educational platforms.

2009-11           Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM), Brooklyn, NY

Commissioned Artist / Teaching Assistant / Production Assistant. Designed and produced performance apparatuses as a recipient of the Emerging Artist Commission. Assisted the leadership and facilitation of children’s dance and gymnastic classes. Provided stage rigging and technical assistance to SLAM’s multimedia dance production Run Up Walls.

2008-10           Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

Sculpture Technician. Operational and safety knowledge of a variety of woodworking, metalworking, mold-making/casting, and ceramics tools and techniques. Maintained tools and workstations in metalshops and woodshops, provided assistance to student fabrications, and upheld shop safety protocol.

2009                Amorphic Robot Works, Brooklyn, NY

Production Assistant. Assisted the fabrication of the robotic installation Inflatable Architectural Growth, exhibited at “eArts Beyond: Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art,” in Shanghai, China.

2008                Corin Hewitt Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Production Assistant. Assisted the fabrication and installation of the artist’s exhibition Seed Stage at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

2006-07           Middle Earth, Ann Arbor, MI

Visual Director. Responsible for creative direction of visual and environmental identity, print advertisement campaigns, eight rotating exterior window displays, and oversaw visual merchandising throughout.

EDUCATION

2018                MFA, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2011                BFA (with Honors), Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY

EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2018    Rachael’s Dream, A1 Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

U.S., Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Greater Los Angeles MFA (GLAMFA), California State University, Long Beach, CA

2017    Art is Hope, LINK + Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France

How to Build Yourself a Myth, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

HE 2017, LAST Projects, Los Angeles, CA

FOUNTAIN, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Kenopsia, FAR Bazaar, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

2016    VAULT, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2015    AA Bronson’s Sacre Du Printemps, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Hexenmeister, (with AA Bronson), Maureen Paley, London, England

LA N CV 2, The Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio, CA

2014    The Botanica, Invisible Exports, NYC; Carroll & Sons, Boston

Gwangju Biennale, (with AA Bronson), Gwangju, South Korea

Art Basel 44, (with AA Bronson), Esther Schipper, Basel, Switzerland

Soft Measures, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

Hard Times, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC

Love Aids Riot Sex 2, (with AA Bronson), NBGK, Berlin, Germany

2013    The Temptation of AA Bronson, (with AA Bronson), Witte de With Center for 

Contemporary Art, NL

The Botanica, (with AA Bronson), Nature Morte Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Bunkerweltanschauung, (for Alberto Cortes), MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

I Know It When I See It, (for Aura Rosenberg), Martos Gallery, NYC

Triskaidekaphobia, Parade Ground, NYC

2012    Art Basel Miami, (with AA Bronson), Esther Schipper, Miami Beach, FL

Queer Pile-up!, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA

Fin De Siglo, (with Aera Dance Foundation), Obra Negra, NYC

Surplus Authors, (with AA Bronson), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, NL

How To Download A Boyfriend, (with AA Bronson), e-book/exhibition, Badlands Unlimited

Art Basel 43, (with AA Bronson), Esther Schipper, Basel, Switzerland

Who’s Afraid of Red, White, and Black?, (with AA Bronson and Elijah Burgher), 1:1, NYC

Queer Self Portraits Now, Fred Gallery, (with AA Bronson), London, England

2011    Chapelle Queer, (with AA Bronson), NoFound Photo Fair, Paris, France

Queer Spirits and Other Invocations, (with AA Bronson), Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany

Here We Are, Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY

Wombtomb, (with Michael Dudeck) Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY

Ejected, The New School, New York, NY

Site Fest 11, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY

Emerging Artist Showcase, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Brooklyn, NY

Gut Flora, The New School, NYC

2010    Miracles & Traumas, CVZ Contemporary, New York, NY

Real/ly/Fake, The New School, New York, NY

Bent Festival, (with James Daher), Brooklyn, NY

Parasites, The New School, New York, NY

2009    Magic & Scum, The New School, New York, NY

Implausible Structures, (with Kyoung Eun Kang), Brooklyn Artillery, Brooklyn, NY

The Unattainable, Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY

deFORMED: Deformity As Identity, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

2008    Homeland, Death by Audio, Brooklyn, NY

Supersnack’s Big Third Ball, Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, NY

2007    Queens Film Festival, (with Miller & Katsumi), Queens, NY

Ann Arbor Film Festival, (with Miller & Katsumi), Ann Arbor, MI

2006    The Constant Possibility of Erasure, (with Carol Morris), Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY

05/06, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Celebrating Women Artists, Off the Wall Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

AWARDS / HONORS / RESIDENCIES

2011    Artist-in-Residence, Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY

2011    Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society: Lifetime member of Theta Nu Sigma Chapter

2009    The International Sculpture Center: Award for Outstanding Student Achievement, Honorable Mention

COMMISSIONS

2012    The Power Plant, Artist Designed Membership Card, (with AA Bronson) Toronto, Ontario

2011    Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Emerging Artist Commission, Brooklyn, NY

2006    The American Red Cross, Avenue of the Arts, Jackson, MI

LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS

2016    “Art in an Era of Upheaval,” Artist Presentation, LA Artists Share & Care, Los Angeles, CA.

2011    “Here We Are” Artist Presentation, Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021    “Meet the Street Angel of WeHo: Delivering a Slice of Hope to the Homeless,” Itay Hod, 

Spectrum News 1, February 2021

2020    “Artist and Caregiver Ryan Brewer is Not Interested in Suffering,” Angela Hamilton, It’s All 

Happening Blog, January 2020

2019    “Queer Spiritualities After AIDS: Esotericism and Ritualization in the practices of AA 

Bronson, Elijah Burgher, and Ryan Brewer” (Master’s Thesis) Capucine Sammani, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2018    “Hollywood’s Thought Provokers: Ryan Brewer” Voyage LA Magazine, July 2018

2015    “Spell Bound: On Mimesis, Art, and Alchemy,” Jan Verwoert, Frieze (No. 173, September)

“US History, Queer Life, and Witchcraft,” Francesco Dama, Hyperallergic

“AA Bronson on the Importance of Storytelling,” William Oliver, AnOther Magazine

2014    “On Temptation,”AA Bronson, E.R.O.S. Issue 4,“Man,” Cover Art; p. 130-150

“An Ecology of Affect and Desire: AA Bronson’s ‘House of Shame,’” Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Hyperallergic

“AA Bronson on Queer Collaborations, Shamanism, and Korean History,” Stuart Comer, Hyperallergic

“The Autobiography of Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur,” AA Bronson, Hyperallergic

2013    “Disco Hospital: Safe and Sound” (Master’s Thesis) Andrew Zeally, OCAD University

“Auf den Spuren der Geister,”[In the Footsteps of Ghosts], Thomas W. Kuhn, Artmagazine

2012    “Kunst Die De Wereld Bezweert,” Machteld Leij, H Art Magazine, p. 19

“Iets Te Veel Samenwerking,” Stefan Kuiper, Volkskrant Magazine, p. 46

“21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #4” Darin Klein & Friends

“Fire Island Artist Residency Comes Into Its Own At Cherry Grove,” Alex Fialho, Art Fag City

“Blue,” How To Download A Boyfriend, (e-book, Badlands Unlimited)

“The Masculine Mystique,” Jon Davies, Fillip 16, pp. 96, 101-102

“Red,” Darin Klein & Friends, Box of Books, Vol. 5

2011    “Ghosts in the Sex Forest,” Michael Miller, GalleristNY; New York Observer

“Behind the Seen: AA Bronson,” Sameer Reddy, The Daily W; W Magazine

“Black,” Darin Klein & Friends, Box of Books, Vol. 4

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2020-21           Breadbasket on Wheels / West Hollywood Bread Walk, West Hollywood, CA

Founder/Facilitator. Responsible for founding community service organization that provides food, water, clothing and self-care supplies to local unhoused communities. Practices “in the trenches” techniques by pulling a wagon filled with donations and distributing to those living on the streets. Organizes fundraisers, facilitates donations, and provides volunteer and employment opportunities for housed and unhoused community members. Works as liaison and peer support for connecting unhoused peoples with social services and resources, including community clinics, detox/rehabilitation centers, shelters.

2015-16           LA Artists Share & Care, Los Angeles, CA

Founder/Facilitator. Responsible for founding and leading the artists group with focus on creative, social, and professional challenges of LGBT-identifying artists; hold monthly meetings at the LA LGBT Center, open to artists of all disciplines to share projects, provide support and feedback, and exchange resources and opportunities.

2013-16           Bebe Daddy Services: Daddy Apparel, Brooklyn, NY & Los Angeles, CA

Founder/Designer. Responsible for the design and production of apparel line “Daddy Apparel.” 100 percent of apparel sales profits given to local non-profits including the LA LGBT Center, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Anti-Violence Project, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

2014                Best in Drag Show, Los Angeles, CA

Set Design+Fabrication/Stage Technician. Responsible for design and fabrication of stage set pieces and props for drag queen contestants in this annual fundraising event for Alliance for Housing and Healing and Aid for AIDS. Additionally provided assistance in backstage operations as stage technician.

2012-13           Thirdroot Community Health Center, Brooklyn, NY

Designer/Carpenter. Responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of desks, storage units, and other structural improvements within the facility. Team-worked with other LGBT-identifying carpenters to uplift the Center’s environment which provides holistic healthcare to a diverse community membership.

2009-10           Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Brooklyn, NY

Teacher Assistant. Assisted the leadership and facilitation of children’s dance and gymnastic classes through the Action Opportunity Program, a work/study mentoring program that provides hands-on experience to teaching artists, and serves a diverse youth community in Brooklyn and the greater New York metropolitan area.

2007-08           Team Supersnack, Brooklyn, NY

Art Installation/Team Member. Responsible for the design and fabrication of a site-specific art installation for the organization’s fundraising event Big Third Ball: An Evening of Music, Hilarity, and Hitting AIDS Where It Hurts. Team Supersnack raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and care.

2006                Washtenaw Rainbow Variety Show, Ann Arbor, MI

Co-Creator/Event Coordinator/Set Design. Responsible for the co-creation and coordination of this showcase event in collaboration with the LGBT Student Centers at University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. Created a fun, safe, and inclusive environment by and for the student community, featuring a variety of LGBT-identifying performing artists. Additionally designed and fabricated the stage set.

2005-06           Washtenaw Community College LGBTQ Club, Ann Arbor, MI

Founder/Co-President. Responsible for the creation and co-leadership of the LGBTQ Student Club at Washenaw Community College. Held monthly meetings to provide support and resources to the LGBT student body. Facilitated educational speakers on topics such as Police Force Diversity Training (with sensitivity to LGBT community and same-sex domestic violence); HIV/AIDS awareness training and testing resources in collaboration with HARC (HIV/AIDS Resource Center); and panel discussions in classroom settings for LGBT student awareness. Initiated community-wide activities including the creation of a “Diversity Quilt,” a public art project celebrating diversity across campus, and participated in community outreach events including Motor City Pride.