Brooks Salzwedel’s works depict natural environments divorced from any usual surrounding or place in time. Whether drawing and painting onto various sheets of transparent papers and casting these directly onto panels, or placing the works into small curios like vintage tin boxes or corroded pipe ends, his cautiously shaded compositions are balanced between a removal of time and chaos. Spruce Trees and weeds, mountains and fog, lens flare and beams of light, hidden plane crashes and abandoned trucks appear at once familiar and unrecognizable, and their inconsequential presence seems to become a space for rumination, challenging your relationship to nature.
Born in 1978 in California, Salzwedel received his B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004. Salzwedel graduated with honors and distinction quickly landing a solo show with now defunct yet well respected NewSpace Gallery, Los Angeles. The same year Salzwedel also procured a high-end line of handmade belt buckles in the same process winning him the Best Belt Designer in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine as well as one of LA’s top five accessories designers by Los Angeles Times Magazine West.
In 2015, Salzwedel was chosen as Denali National Park’s visual Artist-in-Residence. He also won Los Angeles Metro poster project for 2016 in which his work will be displayed on many buses, trains and metro stations around Los Angeles, CA. He has participated in a number of international group shows including the London Art Fair (2011). His work has been displayed at prominent institutions worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); MOCA, Los Angeles (2005); San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2009).
Major collections which hold works by the artist include the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC, Museum of Contemporary Art Portland, OR,. His work has been purchased for public and private collectors including Beyte Saar, and Jennifer Jennifer Westfeldt/Jon Hamm.