Brennen Steines

How can a painting practice grapple with the Anthropocene? Many artists speculate on fictional futures, creating sci-fi horizons composed of crumbling buildings and flooded plains. Brennen Steines instead looks at the ground beneath our feet and the apparatuses that we use to explore it. The soot, the soil, the concrete, and the stone bear witness to our actions in the here and now. Steines’ work echoes the substrates of our collective footprint; resembling fossilized slabs that crackle with clairvoyance of the future by speaking in the weathered voice of the past.