“best known for his tapestries and textile sculptures that range from pieces with abstracted images to narrative scenes that depict black figures in silhouettes, all accompanied with lyrical titles,such as not every passage/position is comfortable and wading still (bend, bow, pull)

Studio Museum in Harlem’s $50,000 Wein Prize Goes to Diedrick Brackens

Maximilíano Durón - Artnews

October 18, 2018

“Diedrick Brackens’s tapestries depicted allegorical scenes of silhouetted black male figures and animals (one based on a real-life event in which three black men were arrested and handcuffed for a misdemeanor and drowned after being transported on a boat that capsized) to address the social constructions of masculinity and African American identity in relation to a history marked by wrongful deaths, negligence, and injustice.”

3 Knockout Art Shows to See in Los Angeles Right Now

Holland Cotter - New York Times

August 16, 2018

“A narrative textile hanging by Diedrick Brackens[..] looks like a tropical fantasy but refers to a real-life story of three black men who died in police custody.”

Made In L.A. 2018
June 3 – September 2, 2018
Hammer Museum

“As always, the biennial emphasizes emerging and established but often lesser-known artists. These 33 range in age from 29 to 97 — the youngest (textile artist Diedrick Brackens)”

“One-third of the artists in the splendid “Made in L.A. 2018” are men, two-thirds are women. Not so long ago, a ratio of women far outnumbering men in a survey exhibition would have been a topic of stunned and enthusiastic comment.”

The Dog, The Tree, and The Catfish
January 6 – February 10, 2018
Steve Turner Gallery

"Through the incorporation of a diverse range of materials, Brackens creates dynamic and thoughtful works that provide layered reflections on intimacy and being.(. . .) The new works share this ethos. Bearing fragmented reflective surfaces that reference mirrors, they too touch on notions of self-care and revelry. However, they also address the notion of “the gaze”, the harm that can be caused by the act of looking, and how gestures of deflection are often necessary in the goal of self-preservation."

a slow reckoning
September 9th – December 10th 2017
Ulrich Museum of Art