City Sunrise

City Sunrise

2004
Artist
Brian Alfred, American, 1973
Born: Pittsburgh, PA
Work Locations: Brooklyn, NY
Country
United States
painting
Acrylic paint on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2015.608
Brian Alfred (American). City Sunrise. 2004. Acrylic paint on canvas. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. 2015.608.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 94 in, 238.7600 cm; width: 132 in, 335.2800 cm; depth: 1 1/2 in, 3.8100 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

“City Sunrise” examines the interaction between technology and our perception and processing of our surroundings. Here, we see an overhead view of a computer altered cityscape; the buildings have been reduced to their simplest forms. The flattened planes of color along with Alfred’s implementation of slight chiaroscuro of the muted tones to depict the rising sun, give the work an almost eerie stillness, devoid of any human activity, and the crowded buildings add a sense of claustrophobia to the image. There is a strange creepiness to the work conveyed through Alfred’s use of a bluish haze reminiscent of a Yves Tanguy painting, sometimes interpreted as “showing a place where all living things have been annihilated.” (Radar: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, 70)

Born in 1974 in Pittsburgh, Alfred received his BFA from Pennsylvania State University and his MFA in 1999 from Yale University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Madison, Maine.

Known Provenance
Exhibition History
  • "Radar: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan"—Denver Art Museum [10/06/2006 - 07/15/2007]
  • “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022