uzbek #26
Edition of 5
C-Print on
162 x 126 cm
Brian McKee
*1977 Kansas City - USA
About the work

For the past four years I have traveled throughout America and Eastern
Europe photographing sites that represent important political and social
events in contemporary world history. My most recent project in
Afghanistan is a continuation of this larger conceptual body of work.
Acting as a kind of visual historian I seek to create images that convey a
unique and important view of select aspects of World History. Within
architecture and landscapes I find my true subject, the detritus of
civilization, and seek to explore the way we define and relate to its
existence. Although creating precisely composed and executed images I
carefully chose projects that have a conceptual meaning and importance
beyond their visual interest or beauty. These images from Afghanistan
encompass and express the intents of my vision as an artist.

All images are photographed with a Deardorff 8x10 inch camera on Fuji
negative film. Final print sizes vary from 30x40 inches to 50x60 inches
and are in an edition of 5.

[DETRITUS: Loose fragments that nature or carving has worn away
from rock. Often, by extension, the material or debris resulting from the
making of any work of art; the disintegrated or eroded material left
behind by past civilizations. (pr. de-try'tes) ]
See More of Detritus @ the Galerie-Poller

Born 1977 in Kansas City, Missouri, attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and
Bard College studying photography with Stephen Shore, Larry Fink and Barbara
Ess. Worked as assistant and studio manger to Lynn Davis 1996-2001. Currently
lives and works in New York City.

Solo Exhibitions

2006 - URBANUS, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln
2005 - Re-Build-Ings, Galería Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
2005 - URBANUS, Mitchell-Innes&Nash, New York
2005 - URBANUS, Hilger Contemporary, Wien
2004 - DETRITUS, Valentina Bonomo Artecontemporanea, Roma
2004 - DETRITUS, Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, München
2003 - DETRITUS, Galerie Hilger, Wien
2003 - DETRITUS, Galerie Poller, Frankfurt am Main
2002 - Fotografie aus New York, Gallery KunstRaum, Essen, Germany

2001 - The Soviet Military Bases, KunstMarkt , Krefeld, Germany

1999 - SITES, Olin Gallery, Annandale, New York

Group Exhibitions
2005 - Asthetik des Dokumentarischen, Galerie der Stadt Wels, Austria
2004 - New Artists, Galerie Poller, Frankfurt, Germany
2004 - 25 Under 25, Tisch Gallery, New York City
2002 - Mudai, Gallery Christa Schubbe, Dusseldorf, Germany

2002 - October Report, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

2002 - The Blue Square, Gallery Viehofer Strasse 26, Essen, Germany

2002 - International Young Art, Sotheby’s Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Elizabeth
Foundation for the Arts, New York

2000 - Annual New Images Exhibition, New Images Gallery, James Madison
University, Virginia

Silvana Facchini Collection, Miami, Florida (USA)
Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida (USA)
Sammlung Schoeller, Germany

Sammlung Quandt, Bad Homburg v.d.H. (Germany)
Sagamore Collection, Miami, Florida (USA)


1999 - The Eugene Atget Prize for Photography presented by Bard College

2001- International Emerging Young Artist, Sponsored by ArtLink and Sotheby’s
and followed by a series of group shows with Sotheby’s Auction House

2001- 25 Under 25, Sponsored by Duke University’s Center for Documentary
Studies and followed by the publication of 25 Under 25

Upcoming Publications

March 2003: Featured Artist Portfolio: Bardian Magazine

Fall 2003: Artist Portfolio: Eikon

September 2003: 25 Under 25: sponsored by Duke University’s Center for
Documentary Studies and published by Powerhouse Books
Series re-build-ings
uzberk #4
Edition of 5
C-Print on Aluminium
162 x 126 cm
Series re-build-ings

uzbek #27
Edition of 5
C-Print on Aluminium
126 x 162 cm
Brian McKee @ The
Series re-build-ings
Edition of 5
C-Print on Aluminium
126 x 162 cm
Catalogue to order

Brian McKee - DETRITUS
48 pages, 34 images of photographs, preface by Carl Aigner,
texts by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Inge Nevole (all texts in
German and English), Wien 2003, EIKON Verlag Wien -
Sonderdruck #9, ISBN 3-902250-06-2
25,00 Euro + postage

Brian McKee - URBANUS
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, 2005, with interview with
Ian Dunlop, 52pp., 26 color ill., 21,5 x 28 cm / 8,5"x11", ISBN

25 Under 25, sponsored by Duke University's Center for
Documentary Studies and published by Powerhouse Books,
New York, 2003
Series re-build-ings
uzbek #17
Edition of 5
C-Print on
162 x 126 cm
The New York Optimist
February 2009