AD 249 | Brett Amory
“Duality and Technology”

Brett Amory’s multidisciplinary practice is based on the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. His works consider moments of visual perception that precede interpretation. Working primarily in painting and installation, he uses the ordinary as a vehicle for extending the familiar into the realms of the unfamiliar.

His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Brett Amory earned an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Academy of Arts
University. He lives and works in Oakland California.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Introduction (00:00:00)
  • Brett’s introduction to art through skateboarding (00:11:42)
  • Using experiences to inform one’s creative process (00:21:45)
  • Honing into instincts (00:26:27)
  • Being challenged to draw better (00:30:22)
  • The combination of aesthetics and meaning (00:37:35)
  • The evolution of Brett’s work over the course of 25 years (00:41:33)
  • “The Waiting Series” (00:43:33)
  • Getting his MFA @ Stanford (00:48:31)
  • Conclusions Brett has come to after completing his MFA @ Stanford (00:51:23)
  • What the MFA application process is like @ Stanford (00:56:47)
  • Phenomenology (01:01:08)
  • Brett’s recent work regarding duality and technology (01:04:00)
  • Stoicism (01:09:40)
  • GANs / AI (01:12:27)

Artists / People Mentioned:
  • William Strobeck (Skateboard Film Director)
  • George Romero  (Director)
  • Marshall McLuhan (Writer)
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Philosopher)
  • Paul Cézanne (Painter)
  • René Descartes (Philosopher)
  • Martin Heidegger (Philospher)

Books Mentioned:
  • Techgnosis (Erik Davis)
  • The Singularity is Nearer (Ray Kurzweil)

Article Read In Episode Intro:
"What is Embodiment? Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of the Body" by Moses May-Hobbs

Posted 4.5.2023


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino