Photographer, graphic artist. Born 1953 in Toronto, Canada.
Education: 1972-73, University of Western Ontario (London); 1973-76 Hons. B.A. Fine Arts, University of Guelph (Ontario); 1976 St. Michael's Printshop (Burnt Cove, Newfoundland); 1977 Ontario College of Art & Design (Toronto, Ontario); 1979-82 Graduate Studies (MFA) in graphic arts, fine arts, photography, theory, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, Nova Scotia); 1982 International Detective Training School Diploma; 1988 Nexus Press Residency, (Atlanta, GA); 1985-89 Macintosh (& PC) Desktop Publishing Courses; Protomedia, Press-Work and Public Access, (Toronto, Halifax); 1990-91 Hell Chromacom 2000 instruction (Melville, NY); Scriptmaster instruction (St. Louis, MO); 1992 Agfa Pix, Catalyst, Selectset training (Portland, OR); 1992 Advanced Imaging Techniques, Center for Creative Imaging (Camden, ME).
Work experience: 1974-76: Founding Member. Ed Video Inc., Guelph, Ontario; 1976-82: (part-time/occasional) Board of Directors, Publication Design/Assembly, Curatorial Staff, Funding Juries. University of Guelph Gallery, Eye Level Gallery (Halifax), Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax), Atlantic Centre for Photography (Halifax), Canada Council (Ottawa); 1979-84: Teaching Assistant, Audio-Visual Assistant, College Press Assistant. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1984-88: Proof-checking, Assembly, Mark-up, Stripping, Scanning. Maclean-Hunter Ltd., Toronto, Ontario; 1988-89: Typesetter (Macintosh and Compugraphic), Mark-up, Assembly, Proof-checking. Metroland (TorStar) Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario; 1989-90: Acting Production Manager. Chinook Observer, Long Beach, Washington; 1990-91: System Manager/Operator. Toucan Scan, Portland, Oregon; 1991-92: Computer Imaging Specialist. Graphic Color, Portland, Oregon; 1992: Systems Operator. ColorPrep, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1992-93: Electronic Imaging Specialist. Daniel's Printing, Everett, Massachusetts; 1993-94: Visiting Professor. University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
Presently living in Portland, Oregon.
Photographic and other design projects:
- 1973 "Exposure", first one-man exhibition, consisted of ocean-shore-battered and phenyl-blue-dyed etching-papers with plenty of photographic documentation.
- 1977 "Babies, Cakes, Dogs" (over 200,000 discarded snapshots from a Toronto photofinishing laboratory) source of exhibitions, magazine-publications, videos and articles.
- 1979-83 celluloid films: "Arrival" (color, silent, 55 minutes, 16mm film which features the progressive malfunction of the camera while echoing the subject matter of Lumière's first film); "X00X" (color, silent, 72 minutes, 16mm film consisting of a year's restructured documentation of the firing of the noon-day gun in Halifax); various low-budget screenings.
- 1979-86 The "MetaConstruct": Thirteen Interdependent Installations across Canada; i.a. the Projections (b/w slides of nurses' uniforms and cinema leader), the "Electro-Mechanical Contrivances" (e.g. spinning falls of gradually, unbraiding, red hair, or suspended rattling teacups, or oscillating fans equipped with speakers, playing crackled strains of Amazing Grace).
- 1980 "White Cars at Night", color transparencies with electronic flash.
- 1980-95 Series of self-published ISBN Bookworks: (full-page bleed photos/weboffset on newsprint/128-1024 pages each. Titles are the same as ISB numbers: "ISBN 0-9690745-0-6", "ISBN 0-9690745-1-4" and "ISBN 0-9690745-2-2".
- 1981-89-95 "Millennium Project": Illustrations for an essay (refracted Crystal Palace/collapsed, hollowed-out and redrawn cartoon imagery; several hundred, various red-inks on tracing-layout-paper drawings/collages, repeatedly overprinted with 83 small photo-linocuts in white, waterbase lino-ink; possible studies for very large frescoes).
- 1982 "Red/White", c-prints.
- 1982-85 "Tex-Park", "Vernal 646", "Amazing Grace", "Aura" (audio-installations: Halifax, Toronto, Peterborough, Buffalo, New York City, et al. Radio broadcasts.)
- 1987 Nexus Press Residency Project, Atlanta, Georgia (four large offset posters and mailer; distributed freely) still available. Animated Suspension; Four Red Duotones in a Discontinuous Symbolic Order: (1) All is not forgiven, (2) Escape or revenge, (3) Sculpture: The three smallest bones, (4) Douzaine Suzanne: Guilty in your eyes.
- 1989 "World Persona" (VDT Calligraphic Laserscript) type design to accompany a comprehensive collection of visages. To be incorporated in the Matchbook-Movies (desktop digital video).
- 1995 "The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project". Every 12 hours, another sequenced image is published on the Internet
Brad Brace may be contacted through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org