Zevitas Marcus Gallery
Contact: Richard Marcus
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES – Zevitas Marcus is pleased to present “Brazen”, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibition will run from September 9 through Oct 21, 2017 with an opening reception Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 PM.
A deft fusion of pop and art history, Brooks continues her riff on portraiture, and the spaces that cradle paintings in all their glorious forms. In grand interiors, paintings drip from walls and people melt into abstractions within them. Brooks suggests that acting brazen and insert gold in odd places is nothing new. Like a puppeteer, Brooks allows religious icons, ornamentation, and relics of grand portraiture to preen on the same stage. Combined together a narrative can’t help but to emerges in the viewer’s mind. In “Talitha”, Brooks depicts a faded princess with Joan of Arc hair and a wild abstract costume. In “Thorns”, a background of roses normally reserved for the Virgin Mary will become a painting in its own right. Whether religious icons or forgetting kings, all once immortalized by art become a part of the same colorful landscape. As each painting teeters between abstraction and representation, Brooks’ work touches on how painters see and process the visual remnants of history.
Brooks graduated in literature from UC Berkeley in Literature and worked as a writer before exchanging the pen for the brush. Brooks studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. 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 lives and works in Los Angeles.
For additional information, please contact Richard Marcus at 424.298.8088. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11AM – 6PM.
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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
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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.
Kimberly Brooks announces the launch of The Creativity Notebook, an analog Notebook/Calendar System with 100 signed Notebooks featuring 52 original Watercolor and Gouache Paintings. Thecreativitynotebook.com
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.
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. First class materials: enrolled students will be given an itemized list of basic painting materials and colors.
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Setting your artistic exploration free starts with understanding the architecture that makes up the grounds of a painting, whether you are working figuratively, representationally or abstractly. In this workshop, students with basic oil painting experience are exposed to new approaches for composing, including practical techniques, building different types of grounds, color mixing, how to layer and deconstruct, and when to employ tightness versus looseness. Develop techniques for keeping your art as fresh as possible while simultaneously building the scaffolding to create a cohesive body of work through this engaging exploration of painting.
Media & Techniques:
With a strong emphasis on safe studio practices, this class teaches techniques for oil painting used by Rembrandt and Velasquez. We learn to minimize our exposure to toxic chemicals, while at the same time work with traditional painting methods.
Activities:We explore various materials, build our skills in several painting techniques, and develop many paintings from beginning to end throughout the week. We learn through technical instruction, individual feedback and guided studio time.
Faculty:Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary painter who blends figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with memory, history and identity. She exhibits nationally, and her work has been showcased in numerous publications and exhibitions including the Whitney Museum, MOMA and California Institute of the Arts.
Building Grounds: The Fundamentals of Oil Painting – D0611
Skill Level(s): I, II
Instructor(s): Kimberly Brooks
Workshop Registration begins January 2, 2017