It’s difficult for artists to tackle the same subject over and over again while trying to produce refreshing content for audiences, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Brandon Friend. In his ‘Defender’ series, Friend depicts warrior-like silhouettes using an array of materials. While the figures’ outlines never change, Friend manages to make each portrait different by varying the contents of each silhouette. Oddly enough, his choice in materials also convey different time periods, with “defenders” from the medieval era to futuristic super soldiers making an appearance. For such a seemingly simple series, it’s tremendously engrossing.
Brandon Friend offers a lengthy three-paragraph statement describing the ‘Defender’ series. He references the silhouettes as being shadowy authority figures multiple times and explains that ‘Defender’ examines, “modern aggressions in the name of peace, prosperity and national security.”