VisArts Studio Fellowship June – December 2017 Alex Braden
Alex Braden is a sound artist, sculptor, and multi-instrumentalist residing in Washington, D.C. He began his study of Classical Piano at age 4, and migrated to Jazz Guitar at 11 years old. After teaching private music lessons to his own instructor’s beginner and intermediate students all throughout high school, Alex abandoned a music scholarship in pursuit of a B.F.A. in Sound Art & Independent Study.
Braden has earned fellowships from the Ballston BID (Virginia), Arlington (Virginia) Commission for the Arts, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, Rockland Residency Program (Seattle, Washington), and Vermont Studio Center. He’s toured nationally with three bands, installs prolifically in myriad galleries along the East coast, and his work is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Department of State.
I use sound and sculpture to create interactive installations and immersive experiences. I believe that the medium through which listeners engage with sound should bear as much aesthetic weight as the content of the sound itself. I often employ antiquated technology for my sound-making, asking listeners to answer a rotary telephone, navigate rebuilt tape machines, or step into a phone booth to engage with my work. I also use scale and distance to immerse listeners in audio—often splitting a single composition among multiple speakers in an installation to create theatrical, spacious, and lush soundscapes.
VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community.
About the VisArts Studio Fellowship: The VisArts Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment over a six month period. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships.