ART INSTALLATION March 19 – July 28, The Cooper Building, Los Angeles, CA


KIMBERLY BROOKS: Thread and Bone
MARCH 19 –  extended to July 24th**
Opening Reception: March 19, 5-7 PM

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SAGE Projects and the Do Art Foundation are pleased to present “Thread & Bone”, an installation by Los Angeles – based artist Kimberly Brooks, which examines the intersection of structure and fashion within an architectural space at the historic Cooper Design Building in Downtown Los Angeles’ fashion district.

This site-specific installation transforms the grand entryway of the Cooper Design Building into a spectacle of accoutrement. The giant steel hanging pendant, which was created specifically for this installation, will now be on permanent display. Floor-to-ceiling burlap draperies and industrial concrete columns marry the rawness of the space with the material chosen.  A video piece, and collaged panels integrating memento mori symbology with elements from vintage undergarments, communicate excerpts from Brooks’ portrait series “The Stylist Project.”

This work explores the crescendos and accents that are apparent through layers of paint, and shapes the contours of a complete body of artwork.  Brooks’ installation invites the viewer to examine the artist and her work, by both undressing and zooming in on the most  intimate of details.

Against the backdrop of this large public space, Brooks explores the ever present relationship between fashion and structure through an intimate lens.  Through an examination of paintings from her “Stylist” series, a body of work exploring concepts of fine art and applied art, we journey alongside the artist as her steady microscope selects impressions from her work where the colors, patterns, and gestures, framed independently, are exquisite moments of abstraction.  From the traces of the hand, to the fibers of the brush, skin and bone of the underpainting are gradually unveiled.

Kimberly Brooks is an American Painter who blends figuration and abstraction to focus on a variety of subjects dealing with memory, history and identity.   Her work has been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions including curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Brooks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and studied painting at UCLA and OTIS. Born in New York, Brooks lives and works in Los Angeles.

This installation is on view through July 24th at Gateway Gallery inside the Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles, seven days a week. For further information or for press enquiries, please contact Heidi Johnson at 323.204.7246 or heidi@thinkhijinx.   

View Full Installation Here

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The Stylist Project

The Stylist Project is a multi-city art installation. The project involves engaging the most notably articulate people in the language of costume and fashion within a city and having them style themselves and pose for the artist.  The first installation ocurred in Los Angeles, 2010 which included Arianne Phillips, Elizabeth Stewart and Janie Bryant (below) and many others. The New York Exhibition includes Grace Coddington, Amy Fine Collins, Patty Wilson, and more.

RECENT: I Have A King Who Does Not Speak: Kimberly Brooks’ Solo Exhibition, Roosevelt Library, San Antonio, TX

311 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210

A Solo Painting Exhibition

K I M B E R L Y    B R O O K S
“I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”

Nov 20, 2014 – Jan 14, 2015

Artist Reception:
Nov 20, Thurs 6:00- 8:00 PM


San Antonio, TX — The Roosevelt Library and Alice Carrington Foultz are pleased to present “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”, a solo exhibition of by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibit will run from Nov 20, 2014 – Jan 14, 2015. The Gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, Nov 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In Brooks’ latest paintings series the viewer encounters a miasmic world of visual pleasures, from opulent clothing and architecture to hazy landscapes and portraits, all seen through her seductively decadent yet playfully loose brushwork. In keeping with her previous exhibition “I Notice People Disappear,” underlying this evocative imagery one encounters the psychology of desire, loss, and the uncanny.

In “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak” Brooks conjures and resurrects scenes and passages from a foreign place and time. Borrowing ancient imagery used to document presentations of wealth, historical events, Brooks twists images to appear at once familiar and strange. The viewer finds him or herself in an alternate universe. Scenes seems to come from a fever dream, as rooms careen out of control and ghostlike figures disintegrate into the backgrounds. Abstraction runs throughout the works, bending spaces, interrupting scenes with non sequitur brush marks, and transforming emblems of power into smaller paintings, as seen in “Family Tree” and “The Memory of Banquet”. As each painting teeters between abstraction and representation, going in and out of lucidity, Brooks’ work touches on her own understanding of how painters see and process the visual remnants of history. She uses this model as a keyhole to an alternate reality altogether. The challenge of this particular exhibition comes in part from confronting orientalism and the imagery of empire with the added filter and gaze of the contemporary artist. By warping familiar historical imagery in this manner, Brooks employs the remaining vessel as a means of accessing a subliminal past and in doing so opens a door to a world of her own creation.

Kimberly Brooks work has been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions including curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Brooks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and Studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Born in New York, Brooks lives in Los Angeles and maintains her studio in Venice, CA. Curator Alice Carrington Foultz has been advising clients through her art advisory for over thirty years and stages exhibitions throughout the country.

Image: “Portrait of Forgotten Ancestor” 32 x 40 in. Oil on Linen 2013 Kimberly Brooks

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SOLD OUT Spring Master Class with KIMBERLY BROOKS @ OTIS Feb 2 – April 10, 2015


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.

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