"Bad Order" by Brett Flanigan at Athen B. Gallery

Athen B. Gallery is excited to announce the debut solo exhibition by Brett Flanigan, "Bad Order" opening this Saturday, October 14th at 7pm. Brett Flanigan’s new paintings expand on the tug of war between order and entropy present in much of his previous work. In this series, he dives deeper into a system of games that draw parallels to the way he approaches life.  

The gallery is located at 1525 Webster St. conveniently off of both 12th and 19th Bart stations in Downtown Oakland.  The artist will be present. Photographs by Athen B. Curator Brock Brake. To receive a preview of the exhibition contact info@athenbgallery.com!


The impetus for this body of work is "the game". Games are a way for me to navigate a series of decisions through terms that I understand, because they are devised in ways that mirror my life.  They can involve pattern, probability, logic, language, representation, or repetition. Some are funny or awkward. Although games can contain rules, they are not rules in themselves. They can accomodate dichotomy and cognitive dissonance. Any agitation or mistake can change the game or set a new game into motion. When a game can no longer be played, the information gained can be used to formulate a new game, and the process continues. It is a reductive process, which is repeated until I have created something that I no longer understand. 


Brett Flanigan was born in Great Falls, MT, and holds a degree in Biology from the University of California. He has lived and has lived and worked in Oakland, CA since 2009. He works primarily in painting, sculpture, and public art. His works are often driven by processes influenced by his science and mathematics background. Since 2010 his work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, Portland, Atlanta and Chicago, as well as internationally in Hamburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland. Flanigan has also completed a number of public artworks, including a mural at the Museum of the University of Nevada, Reno, and a large scale public sculpture in downtown Oakland.