gar Galveston Artist Residency



The Fourth Pyramid by Jesse Bransford

The Fourth Pyramid by Jesse Bransford

January 19th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013

This is our magic spell.

We drive past the three pyramids every time we enter or leave the island. We know what they contain. What is missing? What is The Fourth Pyramid?

It has become a metaphor for our desire to bring into existence something that wasn’t here before – something better. It is our desire to make Galveston the most beautiful place in the world, if only for one shimmering moment. When you begin to tread down this transformative path, you are in the realm of magic.

This is our magic spell.

For our first exhibition of 2013, marking our one-year anniversary on this island, GAR has teamed up with artist Jesse Bransford to bring about the existence of The Fourth Pyramid. If ever there were an artist who could make transformative magic a reality, it would be Bransford. Building from nearly ten years of research, Bransford’s drawings and numerical symbols transform the GAR gallery into a space charged with possibility, a three dimensional spell, an incantation through which you can move. The artist invokes many magical traditions to create his work, but especially focuses on the European Renaissance magical tradition. The symbols feel at once familiar and incredibly alien. Like a language forgotten, or a past life only glimpsed through dreams. They are universal and yet illegible. Phenomenal and noumenal.

This is our magic spell.

Under the influence of these symbols, using the forgotten language, we extend the magic into Galveston itself. The wind whispers to the wasted land, the images flash: sunrise, sunset, sulphur pit, the foaming tide, a hand traces patterns on sun drenched sheets, the mouth opens to speak.

The Fourth Pyramid appears.

Jesse Bransford is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work is exhibited internationally. He holds degrees from the New School for Social Research (BA), Parsons School of Design (BFA) and Columbia University (MFA). An associate professor at New York University, Bransford’s work has been involved with belief and the visual systems it creates since the 1990s. Research into color meaning and cultural syncretism led to the occult traditions in general and the work of John Dee and Henry Cornelius Agrippa specifically. His work is represented by Feature Inc. in New York and can be seen extensively documented on the website www.sevenseven.com, a site he has operated and maintained since 1997.

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