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
Nov 20, Thurs 6:00- 8:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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INTERMEDIATE OIL PAINTING: EMERGING ARTIST
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.
It is with great joy and gratitude that I announce the posthumous publishing of my father’s last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius which he completed shortly before he passed five years ago.
The book is available online and in bookstores now. My siblings and I are hosting events to celebrate the book’s release in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco this fall.
Many of you already know about Leonard Shlain’s previous books, Art & Physics,The Alphabet vs The Goddess and Sex, Time and Power, or were lucky enough to attend one of his presentations. Otherwise you may have learned about him by my Technicolor Summer Exhibition, the articles I have published about our vigil or the flowers or when I dedicated the founding of the Science and Art Meets Science sections to him.
Leonardo’s Brain is not only one of his grand intellectual journeys akin to his previous books, but also has a particularly special meaning as synthesizes of so many of his ideas connecting neurology, history, philosophy, art, science and ourselves, holding Da Vinci as a harbinger of how our species could evolve.
We have so many people to thank — from our publisher John Sternfeld at Lyon’s Press (now Globe Pequot), Robert Stricker, his long time literary agent and particularly Andy Ross, the literary agent for Leonardo’s Brain who seized the opportunity to bring this book to market with zeal our father would have loved. We also want to thank Ann Patty, (The Life of Pi) who helped us edit the final manuscript. The act of conversing with his ideas in our minds as we navigated the different stages of the editing and publication process was one of the greatest gifts of all.
ROBERT MONTGOMERY: L.A. BILLBOARD EXHIBITION
ART ABOVE THE STREETS: AN EVENING WITH ROBERT MONTGOMERY & KIMBERLY BROOKS
Exhibition Dates: June 23, 2014 (ongoing, billboard locations throughout L.A.) Panel Discussion With The Artist: Monday, June 3oth, 7pm-1.30am, hosted by Artist Kimberly Brooks.
The Do Art Foundation, in collaboration with Art Share L.A., & Ace Hotel Downtown L.A., are immensely excited to present Art Above The Streets: An Evening With Robert Montgomery and Kimberly Brooks.
Renowned British text artist Robert Montgomery draws significantly from examples of mass communication & public interventionist strategy, to create powerful, achingly melancholic works, within the post-situationist & conceptual art traditions.
Often monochromatic, Montgomery’s billboard compositions encompass fragments of memory & nostalgia, narrative & conjecture, dream & love, journey & revelation, yearning, & imagining. Considered works of welcomed intimacy & collective enquiry, Montgomery has held major exhibitions across Europe & Asia of his billboard poems, light installations, woodcuts, & watercolours.
Robert Montgomery was born in Scotland, in 1972. Studying at the Edinburgh College of Art & then within the core program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Montgomery has lived & worked in London, ever since 1999. He is also the Associate Publisher of British cultural magazine, Dazed & Confused.
Above The Streets: Robert Montgomery, is Montgomery’s inaugural Los Angeles exhibition, & is the largest public collection of his work to date. Montgomery has created fifteen new & original, site-specific works, which will be exhibited at assorted billboard locations, throughout the City Of Los Angeles. These will all be explored in a panel discussion upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A., hosted by Artist Kimberly Brooks.
About Kimberly Brooks:
Kimberly Brooks is a Contemporary American Painter, Innovator, Technologist & Writer. As a painter, she has held numerous solo exhibitions across the United States, & has been showcased in juried exhibitions including curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, & the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the founding editor of the Arts & Science sections of the Huffington Post, & created Art Meets Science to which she still contributes. She is the creator also of Imageblog, a curated stream of images from artists contributing from around the world. Brooks received her BA at UC Berkeley and studied painting at Otis and UCLA. Brooks currently lives in Los Angeles.
About Do Art Foundation:
The Do Art Foundation is an L.A. based non-profit organisation that develops inspiring artistic projects and programs with & for the public realm to bring creative insight & develop awareness within our contemporary culture.
About Art Share L.A. –
Art Share L.A. is a sanctuary for the arts in downtown LA. Maintaining a 28,000 sq-ft warehouse in the heart of the arts district, Art Share maintains both 30 subsidised live/work lofts for artist, & a community-programmed facility offering classes, exhibitions & events.