Artist Profile - Dante Brebner
Dante Brebner is originally from Colorado. He has completed undergraduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder (1991) and graduate studies at CalArts (1994). As a mixed media sculptor and installation artist, Dante moved on to live and work in New York City from 1994-2001, where he began to focus his art practice into producing miniature dioramas. Both as a result of having very little personal space in which to make art the time, and as the result of a site specific project at the Arlington Museum of Art in 1996, Dante found he had a natural affinity for working within a tight economy of space, a direction he has continued to explore to present. Abruptly leaving his residence in the Lower East Side shortly after 9/11, Dante resettled in Santa Fe, NM where he continued to refine his dioramas, eventually receiving an award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2012. Now a recent transplant to the Seattle area since January 2013, the artist has begun incorporating photography, digital collaging and video performance art into his miniature three-dimensional installations seeking the talents of local dancers and choreographers in the process.
Dante received a 2013 GAP to supplement equipment purchase, including a digital camera/video recorder and a wide-angle zoom lens, and other electronics. These additional tools will cover the cost of enhancing eight diorams, and ultimately expand the scope of his work, allowing continuous exhibition.