Brent Dedas was born in Louisville and has lived and worked in New York, Nashville and Toledo. Brent is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Western Kentucky University. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree along with a Museum Studies Curatorial Certificate from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, University of Cincinnati. His Bachelor of Fine Arts is from the University of Louisville.
Brent’s artwork often explores the connection between science and art. Childhood memories of walking around on his father’s construction sites have deeply influenced his concepts of building and destroying. The artwork Brent creates employs processes that express a duality of both construction and destruction. His work over the last 20 years has been centered on natural processes, reactions (sometimes chemical), and the breakdown of systems. Some examples of past work include: drawing on sheets of copper with acid, drawing with rust by recording oxidation on white paper and raw canvas, and drawing with red & yellow oxides encased in resin. In this current series, The Honeybee Drawings the bees both create the image while destroying and feeding upon it.
Professor Dedas maintains an extensive exhibition record both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2017 his work was shown in the 54th National Juried Exhibition at the Mazur Museum, (Juror: Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center Director, New Orleans, LA), Ephemera, National Juried Exhibition at Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA (Juror: Pam Rogers of the Smithsonian Institute) and the 40th National Juried Photography Exhibition at Larson Gallery, WA (Juror: Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum), Art of the South Juried Exhibition at Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN (Juror, Marc Scala, Chief Curator of the Frist Museum)
Past exhibitions include the following: solo exhibition in Prague at Era Svet, a solo project room at the Art Prague International Contemporary Art Fair 2014, multiple two person exhibitions at Galerie Hertz in Louisville (2012 & 2015), Black & White National Juried Exhibition in Brooklyn New York at BWAC (Juror: Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum, NYC (2015), International Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print volume 9 (2014), volume 8 (2013), volume 7 (2012), volume 5 (2010), Drowning in a Sea of Information at University of Michigan (2014), Personally Political International Juried Exhibition, at Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin (2009), Ardgillan Exhibition in Dublin (2004), and in the Belfast Festival at Queens (2004). His work is in both public and private collections.
Galerie Hertz provides artistic representation of Brent’s work.