Calvin Brett’s work is in the permanent collection of North Carolina Central University's Art Museum. He has completed an installation at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina and has been a resident at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. While studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Tufts, his work appeared in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It has also been displayed at the Heath Gallery in Harlem, New York; Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in various parts of North Carolina. He's assisted Patrick Doughterty and Don Kimes on public installations. Brett's work has been mentioned on Art F City, Indy Week, Mechanical Dummy, and he was interviewed about the assemblage process on KGZR 98.9 Santa Fe.
Inspired by how the universe is made of repeated bits of the same thing, through repetition, pattern and arrangement, my work explores the expressive capacity of agglomerate forms. Creating from simplified marks, sampling bits of society, I aim to make lavish work, bringing value to what's been disregarded. As a proletariat, African American coming of age in the 21st century, I work to shine light on forms society often overlooks.
Guided by an intuitive process, I’m interested in how the subconscious may provide meaning to others through generating organic expressions through me. The subjects of the work are depictions of my life investigating emotionally charged themes, coloring the mood of my day to day. I hope through creating from an honest place, striving to make both aesthetically and conceptually intriguing art, my work will articulate a contemporary experience, giving voice to those without.