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A frARTernity of artists: BroLab Collective – Art in Odd Places 2010

The Art in Odd Places team is in full swing gearing up for the upcoming festival. We are thrilled to have such great artists this year to present their work on Manhattan’s 14th street. Excited to know who are artists included this year? Well, check in with the AiOP blog since we will be featuring all of them.

To kick things off, we have a group composed of Rahul Alexander , Robert Amesbury , Jonathan Brand , Adam Brent, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Ken Madore, Ryan Roa, collectively known as “BroLab“. Each of them hail from a different background joined together by camaraderie and their passion for art. They are definitely an interesting group, emphasizing the need to grow both as a group and individual artists. One might say the name “BroLab” invokes a sense of “frattiness”. But here in Art in Odd Places, we celebrate their commitment to become a brotherhood of artists in a much a higher degree with a word that fully encompasses who they are: A “frARTernity”. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is something you don’t see everyday in college.

Let’s proceed on getting to know them better, shall we

(From Left to Right) Ryan Roa, Jonathan Brand, Ken Madore, Adam Brent, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Rahul Alexander

Aiop: What is Brolab?

BC: BroLab started from our semester in the AIM Program. We liked each other and the work we were doing and we thought why not continue meeting after the program is over. Essentially, BroLab is a bunch of like-minded artists who like to share ideas,have studio visits, drink, and make art. In one way it is an outlet- a way to diversify our individual work and work collaboratively. It is also great fun and we want to continue to grow our collective.

Ryan Roa One on One, 2008

Jonathan Brand Battle Axe, 2007


Travis LeRoy Southworth

The Growing Metaphysical Void at the Center of My Bedroom Ceiling 2010

Aiop: So what’s with the name?
BC: long story short is that we were having a bit of fun with “colab”. We had a speaker or two in AIM that leaned heavily on references to “Colab” noting the DYI art market we are heading towards that is similar to the 80’s. I think it was after a studio visit with some of the guys, we were at the Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, that we said lets start a collective and lets call it “BroLab” given that we are all guys. The capital L came later to add a little panache.

Adam Brent I’m OK with it 2010


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BC: We heard about it through a fellow artist Christy Speakman who participated in it last year.

Aiop: What made you decide to submit a proposal for the Festival?
BC: We were searching for a venue to pitch an inaugural project when we ran into AiOP’s call for proposals for works along 14th Street. The 2.3 mile span, centralized location, and AiOP framework seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore some of our potential ideas and put them into action.

Aiop: How is the preparation coming along for your piece this October?
BC: We are rolling along and have for the most part finished our yokes and taken some practice runs. We have been joking around that we should probably get in shape given that our performance includes one 24 hr bucket relay from river to river. We have come to discover that water is heavy. We still have to get volunteers and solve some water access issues.

Aiop: What’s your favorite spot on 14th street
BC: To the far east and to the far west, where it is always wet.

Aiop: Do you have a hidden talent you would like to share?
Sure, we can form 6-man pyramid.

Aiop: Any message to the people who will be in 14th street during the festival? BC: Come check out our performance, for more info visit http://inthenameofbrolab.org/ or follow us at http://twitter.com/brolab.

Thank you, BroLab. The possibility of the 6 man pyramid is another reason why you have to be on the lookout for this group this October.

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