Calvin Brett’s has completed residencies at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, Perkins and Will NC, the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and Liberty Metals in Durham, NC. While studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Tufts, his work appeared in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His work is in the permanent collection of North Carolina Central University's Art Museum. His first Solo exhibition was at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC. He’s exhibited at The Carrack, in Durham, NC; The Heath Gallery in Harlem, New York; Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and various other parts of North Carolina. He's served on Durham, NC's Public Art Committee; was a founding member of Pleiades co-operative Gallery; and has work mentioned on Art F City, Indy Week, Durham Magazine, Mechanical Dummy. He was interviewed about the assemblage process on KGZR 98.9 Santa Fe.
I’m interested in how systems using the intuitive creative process provide experiences for others by generating organic forms. Working with trash, I’m inspired by how plants create ideal unique objects from the debris of nature. Through use of symbolism, appropriation, repetition, and relational aesthetics, my work aims to express feelings of my narrative as an African American in response to my experience in these times. Through this work, I use art as a vehicle to question social and environmental practices, while drawing on philosophy and mythology to consider the reoccurring themes facing our lives.