Brandon S. Gellis is a new media artist creating work around contemporary issues of identity and place across the intersections of art, science and technology.
Brandon’s creative practice – deeply rooted in his desire to work with his hands and a love for the mechanics of technology – visualizes relationships that exist at and across the intersections of art, science and technology. During his MFA, he became fascinated with biomimicry, the steps mankind will take to advance itself by mimicking biological phenomena. For example, as people do not have gills, consider the use of scuba tanks to allow people to explore underwater environments and communities, like aquatic species.
A native of Los Angeles, he received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and earned his M.F.A. in Emergent Digital Practices, at the University of Denver. In 2014, Brandon was an invited art-scientist at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin where he created works helping to advance knowledge of evolutionary and biological sciences through interactive exhibits.
In 2015, he joined the Department of Art & Art History faculty at the University of Wyoming. Brandon has been exhibiting art work and scholarly papers at juried national and international exhibitions and conferences since 2012. In 2017, he won the First-Place Juror’s Choice Award at Circle Gallery’s “Focal Point,” a Maryland Federation of Art’s Juried Exhibition, and a Juror’s Choice Award at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s, "Flora or Fauna," a Maryland Federation of Art’s Juried Exhibition.
Brandon’s recent solo exhibitions include:
innate confluences explores complex interactions between human and biological systems - allowing audiences to better visualize human impact on our landscape, species and Earth's diverse ecosystems - on display at the Loveland Art Museum, CO, 2018 and the Truman State University Visual Arts Gallery, MO, 2018.
Nature & Spirit: A Digital Lens of Gay-Male Culture explores how the mainstream culture has suppressed gay-male behavior, while simultaneously fueling the formation of support networks and popular gay characteristics (e.g. lingo & speak, art, camp and Drag). As a solo show, Nature & Spirit decodes and interprets the interplay of identity politics and biological politics in dialogue with biomimetic creative practices, and was displayed at Hinterland Art Space, Denver, 2015; and URBN Media, Denver, 2015.