I'm always excited to introduce a new artist of the month, and this month is no exception. I'm really, really excited — elated even — to have Brent Stewart as our Country Life artist for July. He's long been one of my favorite Nashville artists, and I can't wait to dig into his work here.
Brent is a photographer and filmmaker from Nashville, but he studied at Goldsmith's College in London — the same school that produced many of the artists known collectively as the Young British Artists (Damien Hirst and Marcus Harvey, to name just two), and he frequently collaborates with fellow Nashvillian Harmony Korine. For someone who shares such close associations with so many sensational artists, Brent plays a much quieter game. His work is careful and composed, but filled with the potential to grow wild and unhinged at any moment. The result is unsettling in a way that makes you question whether it is the artist's intention to disturb, or just your dark nature.
A collection of Brent's work — including photographs of his daughter, two videos he shot for Silver Jews, and a still from The Miraculous, a collaborative film he made with artist Laurel Nakadate about the life of Bas Jan Ader. We'll get deeper into his work throughout the month, and I'll share images of ephemera from Brent's studio practice, photographs of his workspace, and his answers to our questionnaire.