Introducing My Narrative Painting Project

Thank you for being a part of this experiment where I will send a painting with a short story/thought behind it every few weeks.

I have longed for a way shine a light on what happens after the presentation or what doesn’t get seen.  Not a “blog” or even, perhaps, a fully-formed thought.  But a handkerchief of a thought, something i might leave behind while riding to where ever– a postcard from the interior– ah that’s what I’ll call it…an image and some words, that’s all.

I have spent my life listening, feeling with my eyes. I have many paintings I have never shown or older paintings I haven’t seen in years.

I want to let you in.

 

2019 Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco

 

The View From Here, 60 x 48 in. Oil on Linen 2019

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming exhibition at the Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco with Zevitas Marcus. It’s funny how life works– I’ve shown my work all over the country but this is the first show in my hometown of the Bay Area. I’m super excited to see family and old friends and wrote an instagram post about all that here.

UNTITLED ART, San Francisco

Pier 35
Booth #19 Zevitas Marcus
1454 The Embarcadero
San Francisco

Days & Hours
THU JAN 17 3-9 VIP PREVIEW
FRI Jan 18 12:00 pm -8:00 pm
SAT Jan 19 12:00 pm -6:00 pm
SUN Jan 20 12:00 pm -6:00 pm

I’ll make it a point to loiter near the booth at these times:

Thurs, Jan 17, 5 – 7pm
Friday, Jan 18 3 – 4pm
Sat, Jan 19 3 – 4pm

For a preview of paintings, please contact Rich [at] Zevitasmarcus [dot] com

2019 “Paintings from the Interior”, UC Riverside

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

UCR ARTS Block
3824 Main St, Riverside, California 92501

Paintings from the Interior, curated by Andi Campognone, is a survey exhibition of painting in and about the inland region of southern California. With a specific geographic boundary east of Kellogg Hill in Los Angeles county to the low and high deserts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, this exhibit focuses on both the literal landscape and the conceptual imagery of place. Artists featured in this exhibit are Dawn Arrowsmith, Quinton Bemiller, Diane Best, Jorin Bossen, Justin Bower, Gary Brewer, Kimberly Brooks, Terry Chacon, Gerald Clarke, Hollis Cooper, Cosme Cordova, Alex Couwenberg, Chick Curtis, Joshua Dildine, Steven Hampton, Salomon Huerta, Brian Johnson, Stevie Love, Aline Mare, Kevin Stewart Magee, Donna Morin, Andrea Patrie, Roland Reiss, David C. Rosales, Ruth Pastine, Thomas Pathe, Bradford J. Salamon, Jeff Soto, Sharon Suhovy, Juan Thorp, Chris Trueman, and Mark Dean Veca

2019 “Disclosure” at Durden & Ray, Los Angeles

DISCLOSURE: CONFESSIONS FOR MODERN TIMES

Jan 5 – Feb 2, 2019
Opening reception:
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019,
7-10 p.m

Artists: Kim Abeles, Jorin Bossen, Kimberly Brooks, Joe Davidson, Dani Dodge, Donald Fodness, Kathryn Hart, Debby and Larry Kline, Conchi Sanford, Ed “Celso” Tahaney and Steven Wolkoff, Curators: Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti

Durden and Ray will celebrate the start of 2019 with an exhibition that allows people to cleanse their souls through the art of disclosure. January is about cleansing the past and making new starts. But since the early 1990s, independent polls have shown the rapid growth of those without a religious affiliation. So where do people go to confess, if not to a higher power? Maybe an art gallery? Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti decided to play devil’s advocates and create a space where the participants can disclose transgressions and progress unfettered into 2019 through art.

The exhibition includes interactive confessionals, each designed by different artists, and figurative art exploring the experience of being human through relationships, tragedy, translation of autobiography and Barry Manilow. The show is a contemporary take on the sacred and secular acts of confessing sins. Conchi Sanford’s confessional is composed of two see-through cocoons that allow people to whisper secrets to each other. Steven Wolkoff channels Bart Simpson with a piece on which people write what they will not do. Inside Kim Abeles’ confessional, people hear the sound of audio she collected one minute every day for 1440 minutes, or 24 hours, and Dani Dodge’s formal wooden confessional flashes “CONFESS” while inviting people to put their sins on display through Post-it notes. The figurative works in the show acknowledge the burden of unreleased guilt. Aesthetically, they are divided by the curators into their ideas of heaven, hell and in-between. Kimberly Brooks’ abstract figures exist in a heavenly realm, while Donald Fodness hellishly disassembles Barry Manilow. Debby and Larry Kline play prophet by mapping impending tragedy for the planet referencing Biblical plagues as they foretell natural and manmade disasters. In between are the paintings of a disconnected relationship by Jorin Bossen, and Ed “Celso” Tahaney’s vibrant take on the personal disclosures of Hollywood luminaries. Joe Davidson memorializes a life lived through concrete castings of the insides of his own shoes, while Kathryn Hart reveals her personal form of survivor guilt with a sculpture that includes found bone, which she refers to as a private confessional.

Durden & Ray
1206 Maple Ave. #832, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Hours: Sat/Sun, 12 – 5 p.m. and by appointment

Media Contact:
Dani Dodge, 213-703-9363
dani.dodge@gmail.com

ARTILLERY Review “Pick of the Week”

Russian Room, 42 x 36 in., Oil on linen 2018

by Annabel Osborne

Calling all Kimberly Brooks fans: A short time remains to catch “Fever Dreams,” her mid-career survey at Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery. More than 20 pieces, from small studies to watercolors on paper to large-scale oil paintings, sketch Brooks’ artistic progression over the past 15 years. Upon entering the gallery, the first paintings you encounter are among her newest and shiniest. All opulence and emptiness, these recent interiors evoke the desolate nostalgia of attending long-uninhabited historic sites such as homes, temples or palaces now unused except by visiting tourists. In paintings such as Altar (2018) and Chandelier(2018), thin washy passages of bare underpainting peep through mirror-like lattices of crinkly gold and silver leaf. Conveying an antiquated effect, the impromptu air and faded coloration of Brooks’ muted washes counterpoint the grandiose resplendence of her veined metallic overlays appearing as sumptuous skeletons of what once was. The inability to adequately imagine the distant past as described in history books and museums is clearly a key inspiration for Brooks’ hazily painted portrayals of venerable settings. Blank paintings within paintings appear to have mysteriously vanished from ornate frames. Adorning faintly painted museum walls, gilt-framed indistinct sub-pictures sport nondescript subjects. Several compositions recalling Renaissance-style tapestries, including Los Angeles (2018), feature obfuscated figures and nebulous landscapes evoking blurry reveries of vague recollections. Memory of the Banquet (2013) is particularly memorable, almost surreal, with a table floating amid gray throngs superimposed upon barren wilderness. Brooks’ watercolors from the early 2000’s portray more intimate scenes of cocktail parties, parks and lived-in rooms; yet they, too, are suffused with a dreamy sense of wistful detachment.

Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery
Building 1B/1C
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Show runs through Dec. 6

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MASTER CLASS @ Otis this Spring 2019

INTERMEDIATE OIL PAINTING

Join Artist Kimberly Brooks for this intermediate painting workshop where students will refine their techniques and personal style when approaching the canvas. Students will be exposed to practical techniques involving building different types of grounds, color mixing, and when to employ tightness vs. looseness.  Brooks will share various techniques for embracing every stage in the life cycle of creating a work of art as well as assembling a body of work for exhibition.  With an emphasis on safe studio practices, this class will teach techniques for Oil Painting (used by Rembrandt and Velasquez) that minimize exposure to toxic chemicals.

Kimberly Brooks is the first recipient of the Franklyn Leigel Award for Teaching Excellence 2016.

Prerequisite: drawing and composition, introduction to painting: material and techniques. Erolled students will be given an itemized list of basic painting materials and colors.

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SOLO EXHIBITION “Fever Dreams” Sept 27 – Dec 6, 2018


K I M B E R L Y   B R O O K S

“Fever Dreams
SEPT 27 – DEC 6, 2018
Mt. San Antonio College,
1100 N. Grand Avenue,
Walnut CA

August 28, 2018 | Walnut, CA — The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery is pleased to present Fever Dreams, a solo exhibition featuring new and small works spanning the career of Los Angeles-based artist KIMBERLY BROOKS,

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STUDIO VISIT with Gary Brewer in Art & Cake 2018

The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

A medium of communication is not merely a passive conduit for the transmission of information but rather an active force in creating new social patterns and new perceptual realities. – Leonard Shlain, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

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