Behind the misty fog and low thick clouds,  Brian Mashburn hides landmarks and symbols that create the story of “A Sublime Object.” For his latest exhibition, Origin Stories, now on view at Thinkspace in Culver City, Mashburn lets us into his world with anecdotes that accompany various pieces. Below highlights the reference points hidden in plain sight within “A Sublime Object.”

A Sublime Object

This piece references various conspiracy theories and contested historical accounts.

a – Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas with adjacent downward spiral

b – St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow, Russia

c – Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Twin Falls was the site of one of the more insidious fake news stories from 2016 that escalated to national prominence.

d – Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC, site of a mass shooting by a white supremacist in 2015 that killed 9 people.  To the left of the church is the monument to John Calhoun.  Calhoun was the 7th vice president of the US and an influential figure in the southern secessionist and pro-slavery movements leading up to the civil war.  The statue’s proximity to the church in Charleston and it’s ominous presence in the background of many photographs of Mother Emanuel is unsettling.

e – Black spruce trees, sometimes called drunken trees.  These tilted trees are found in areas where the permafrost has melted causing them to tilt at seemingly random angles.  The increasing rate of permafrost thaw can be attributed to, among other things, anthropogenic climate change.

f – Weaver home, site of the 1992 incident known as Ruby Ridge, a precursor of sorts to the Waco siege.

g – “Bigfoot” from the Patterson-Gimlin footage, being observed by Mabel (dog).

h – Lee Harvey Oswald with rifle and Marxist propaganda paper, from a controversial photograph Oswald claimed was a fake.

Opening Reception of Brian Mashburn’s “Origin Stories” and Michael Reeder’s “mOMENt” Recap.

Thank you so much to all those who came out to support the opening of Brian Mashburn’s “Origins Stories” and Michael Reeder’s “mOMENt” last Saturday.  Congratulations to both Brian Mashburn and Michael Reeder on incredible new bodies of work. ‘Origin Stories’ and ‘mOMENt’ remain on view through April 28 at Thinkspace.

Photos courtesy of Birdman Photography – please credit*


Brian Mashburn’s solo exhibition “Origin Stories” is on the horizon with the opening only two weekends away. Mashburn continues to take us through fog-laden landscapes in his new body of work, with compositions that possess details only truly appreciated in person. Until April 7, here is a taste of what is to come from Brian Mashburn.