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In this episode, we talk about David Hockney and his use of technology, the history of technology in painting, the book her father wrote “Art & Physics” and how she edited it during her teenage years. We also discuss her studio practice, work, color and how she became the founding editor of the Huffington Post Arts section.
Oil Painting Safe Practices Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide
by Kimberly Brooks
An overview of every facet one needs to know for an oil painting practice, including pigments, mediums, surfaces, brushes and how to paint solvent-free.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- 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? Two curators thought … perhaps an art gallery?
On Jan. 5, 2019, Durden and Ray in downtown Los Angeles celebrated the start of the year with an exhibition that allows people to cleanse their souls through the art of disclosure.
Curated by Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti, “Disclosure: Confessions for Modern Times” features artists Kim Abeles, Jorin Bossen, Kimberly Brooks, Joe Davidson, Dani Dodge, Donald Fodness, Kathryn Hart, Debby and Larry Kline, Conchi Sanford, Ed Tahaney and Steven Wolkoff.
For this exhibition, Dodge and 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.
“It’s not as if we aren’t aware of our own failings,” said Alanna Marcelletti, who identifies as a vague Catholic. “With our pervasive attention to social media, we witness the rampant documentation of repulsive things that people do to each other. And we are acutely aware of how much those terrible acts relate to who we are in secret.”
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 man-made 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.
Dani Dodge, who was raised agnostic but has spent much of her life exploring different faiths, previously did a performance piece taking confessions and giving twisted penance at an LA Pride Festival.
“You have to wonder how the religious and secular populations reflect on, illustrate and purge themselves of guilt when confession is reduced to hashtags on social media.” Dodge said. “When Alanna and I put together this show with various takes on confessionals, and figurative works that drill into the heart of our guilt and fear, we wanted to addresses the abundance of guilt by attempting to satiate the audience’s appetite for repentance.”
The exhibition closes Feb. 2, 2019. Durden and Ray is located in the Bendix Building in LA’s Fashion District at 1206 Maple Ave., #832 Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams, a midcareer survey, at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks received her B.A. at UC Berkeley (Literature, Valedictorian) and studied painting at Otis and UCLA. Upcoming exhibitions include Paintings from the Interior at UC Riverside and the Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco 2019.
L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?
KIMBERLY BROOKS: I knew I was an artist since I was little. I had a set of markers in kindergarten that I kept incredible care of, and every few years I would get more colors. When I was 13, my father took me to New York’s MoMA, and when I saw Malevich’s White on White I had so many questions and it filled me with determination. That same moment also led my late father, Leonard Shlain, to pen his first book, Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light.
Brazen, A Painting and Poetry Collection
Hardcover Linen, Gold Foil, Dust Jacket
5 x 8 inches
Available to the public Spring 2018
Art+Feminism is an international public project established in 2013 in response to the gender gap on Wikipedia. A DIY project, A+F developed materials and methods so that anyone can organize in-person, communal editing events on content pertaining to women and the arts. Since the first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in March, 2014, 4,600 participants have gathered at 280+ events worldwide, creating and improving 4,600 articles. A+F is based in New York at The Museum of Modern Art. You can learn more on the project website: Art+Feminism
Moderator: Kimberly Brooks, artist
Jacqueline Mabey, independent curator and co-founder, Art+Feminism
Michael Mandiberg, artist and co-founder, Art+Feminism
Stacey Allan, co-founder & executive editor at East of Borneo
Kai Alexis Smith, Academic Research Librarian, Cal Poly Pomona
You are invited to join us at Ace Hotel for Wikipedia Day Los Angeles 2017, a Wikipedia celebration and mini-conference as part of the project’s global 16th birthday festivities. In addition to the party, the event will be a participatory unconference, with plenary panels, lightning talks, and of course, open space sessions.
51 7th Ave (between 13th and 14th Streets)
We are delighted to introduce work by Kimberly Brooks in our new exhibition, curated by Kathy Battista, I’ll Be Your Mirror, featuring new limited edition prints by Betty Tompkins, Cheryl Donegan, Cindy Hinant, Lucy Liu and Narcissister.
Kimberly Brooks prints are from her exhibition “I Notice People Disappear”. Brooks is an American painter who blends figuration and abstraction to focus on a variety of subjects dealing with memory, history and identity. Born in New York she now lives and works in LA where she studied painting at UCLA. Solo exhibitions include: Thread and Bone, The Cooper Building, Los Angeles (2015); I Have a King Who Does Not Speak, Roosevelt Library, TX (2014); I Notice People Disappear, ArtHouse429, FL (2014); Thread, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles (2011); The Stylist Project: Los Angeles, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles (2010); Technicolor Summer, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles (2008); Mom’s Friends, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles (2007); and The Whole Story, RiskPress Gallery, Los Angeles (2006). Group shows include: Mirroring: Refraction Through the Female Gaze, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco (2013); Forest from the Trees, White Box Gallery, San Diego (2013); Sense and Sensibility, Mt. San Antonio College, CA (2013); Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA (2010); Women of Women: The Female Form, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles (2010); ArtHaus: Los Angeles | Berlin, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, CA (2009); and Made in California: Eight Artists, Santa Monica, CA (2009).
We will also be showing limited edition artwork by Sarah Cain, Anna Sew Hoy, Betty Tompkins, Monica Majoli, Ruby Sky Stiler, Virginia Poundstone, Liam Gillick, Scott Reeder, Alejandro Diaz, Tony Tasset and Yinka Shonibare. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit our cultural partners MCA Chicago, RISD Museum, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Artadia.
Art+Culture Projects is a publisher of print editions and multiples produced in partnership with artists, curators, cultural institutions, non-profits, museums and commercial galleries. Our mission is to broaden awareness of the artists who are shaping our cultural legacy while creating a sustainable source of income for both artists and the programs – whether non-profit or commercial – that are showcasing innovative artistic practice.