HEAVY MERGE combines the vision of Andy Brown and Gabriel Hurier, two friends and collaborators, in a gallery for the first time. The title, borrowed from a construction sign near the I-84 bridge in the Hudson Valley, is meant to describe a confluence of weighty ideas and freer flow abstractions. The show is anchored by four large scale spray paintings of an imaginary southwestern desert (Brown) and encroached upon by dozens of imaginary celestial objects hanging from the lights and ceiling (Hurier). Smaller individual pieces by each artist will fill the space. HEAVY MERGE invites the viewer to walk into another world with another sky, an escape into two artists’ minds.
Andy Brown was raised and is now based in Phoenix, Arizona. Exploring wall art and large scale outdoor murals inspired by the passage of time and the desert, Brown is inspired by Sonoran Desert topography and the Saguaro cactus. He has travelled and shown his work extensively throughout the USA and in Japan. Currently he is transitioning to a more abstracted pace within his art works. While he is excited to bring the desert in room-size scale to SARDINE with Hurier, Brown will also be showing smaller works, the foundation of his art practice.