FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIMBERLY BROOKS: Thread and Bone
MARCH 19 – extended to July 24th**
Opening Reception: March 19, 5-7 PM
GATEWAY GALLERY at the COOPER DESIGN SPACE
860 S LOS ANGELES STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90014
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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