Upcoming Exhibition Mt San Antonio College “Fever Dreams” Fall 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MOUNT SAN ANTONIO ART GALLERY
Media Contact: Cynthia Orr
(909) 274-4328
corr@mtsac.edu

K I M B E R L Y   B R O O K S
“Fever Dreams”   

Exhibition Dates: September 27-December 6, 2018
Mt. San Antonio College Reception: Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4-6pm
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 4-6pm

July 5, 2018 | Walnut, CA — The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery is pleased to present Fever Dreams, a solo exhibition featuring new and small works spanning the career of Los Angeles-based artist KIMBERLY BROOKS, curated by FATEMEH BURNES. A poetry reading event will take place at the artist reception on  September 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The event will feature Los Angeles Poets who have used Brooks’ work as inspiration. Additionally artist Kimberly Brooks will be present to sign the accompanying exhibition book, Fever Dreams.

Brooks’ latest exhibition, Fever Dreams, will feature new paintings alongside smaller past works that span the last fifteen years of her career. The newer large paintings continue the narrative of ancient landscapes along with magical gold and silver doorways as an entry into an altered universe.  In the large triptych “Through the Looking Glass” Brooks features an inception-like image of a landscape within another painting of a landscape. In “Jerusalem Church”, a vibrant mosaic on silver dances next to and on top of a loose underpainting and geometric floor.  In the diptych, “Evergreen”, a vase-strewn ledge overlooks an ancient forest as if peering from a balcony within a tapestry. Appropriately, scenes depicted on these canvases seem to come from a fever dream, and the palpable tension between abstraction and representation continues in her work.  This is in marked contrast to her early work, where Brooks depicted light as she saw it, reflected in pools and on the figure in shows such as “Mom’s Friends” and “Technicolor Summer” from which many of the earlier studies come. Curiously, whether because of the small scale or medium of watercolor, gouache and oil, the looseness and abstraction in these studies, never before seen in public, have a much stronger connection to the new larger paintings than the works they were intended to anticipate.  The juxtaposition of these two bodies from different times periods expose a foreshadowing and offers a first-hand look into the creative process of a painter as she wrestles with intention and acquiesces to the material and her imagination.

KIMBERLY BROOKS
Kimberly Brooks is an American painter. Her work blends figuration and abstraction to focus on subjects related to memory, reality, history, representation, and identity. 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.  As an artist she was recently featured by the National Endowment for the Arts. www.kimberlybrooks.com

SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE ART GALLERY
From its inception in 1954, our Gallery program has consistently complemented this
enduring process by presenting traditional and contemporary art in fluid and dynamic presentations that nurture pluralist values and traditions and addresses a multitude of multicultural issues and concerns. With the support of our campus community, the Art Gallery team has been able to advocate and stimulate a general interest in art through special programs and events, making these exhibitions readily accessible to the widest possible audience. www.mtsac.edu/artgallery

Gallery hours: Tues – Thurs 11- 2 p.m., Tuesday Evenings 5 – 7:30 p.m.,
and Saturdays 10/6, 11/3, 12/1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789 | 909.274.4328 | www.mtsac.edu/artgallery

Poetry Inspired by Kimberly Brooks Paintings in New Book


Brazen, A Painting and Poetry Collection
Hardcover Linen, Gold Foil, Dust Jacket
122 pages
5 x 8 inches
24 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9993153-3-0

Available to the public Spring 2018

$30

Four Los Angeles-based poets write and perform original poems inspired by the recent exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Kimberly Brooks.  Brendan Constantine, Rich Ferguson, Luivette Resto and Marie Marandola will be performing at the Zevitas Marcus Gallery at 2:00 PM Sunday Oct 29th where advance reader copies will be available for guests.  The book will be available for release in the spring of 2018.

Brendan Constantine
Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Ninth Letter, among other journalsHis most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.

Rich Ferguson
Pushcart-nominated poet Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby, and other esteemed artists. He is a featured performer in the film What About Me? His poetry has been widely published, and his spoken word videos have appeared in international film festivals. His poetry collection 8th & Agony is out on Punk Hostage Press. His debut novel, New Jersey Me, is available through Rare Bird Books.

Marie Marandola
Marie Marandola is a badass feminist poet who received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an editor for the literary press Meow Meow Pow Pow, and the former poetry editor of Lumina Journal. Her work has appeared in Poetry International, Fairy Tale Review, Lunch Ticket, and Dressing Room Poetry Journal, amongst others, and her poem “Poet Groupie” won the Academy of American Poets University Prize for Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. She now lives in San Diego, where she remains in the habit of picking up fallen bits of trees and giving them to people.

Luivette Resto
Luivette Resto, a mother, teacher, poet, and Wonder Woman fanatic, was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been published by Tia Chucha Press. She is a CantoMundo fellow and has served as a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal. Some of her latest work can be read in Entropy MagazineCoiled Serpent anthology, Altadena Anthology 2015 & 2016, and an anthology of Afro-Latino poetry titled ¡Manteca! published by Arte Público Press. Currently, she lives in the Los Angeles area with her three children.

Keith Martin
Keith Martin is a community organizer and long time supporter of the LA literary community. He served on the Los Angeles poet laureate selection committee. He was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Council. He serves on the Clinica Romero executive executive board as fundraising chair and homeless patient advocate. He is the Chairperson of the Golden State Bonsai Federation committee at the Huntington Library and Gardens bonsai pavillion. He volunteers as a Crossing Angel for CicLAvia and also at Beyond Baroque literary center in Venice.

Kimberly Brooks
Los Angeles based artist Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity.  Brooks has solo exhibitions throughout the United States and her work has been showcased in juried exhibitions including curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Brooks received her BA at UC Berkeley and studied painting at Otis and UCLA. www.kimberlybrooks.com.

 

Poems:
Red Sugar Blue Smoke
The Second Ovation Study
KABOOM
It’s been Thursday for two weeks
Just Moments After Eternity’s Musicians Had
Taken a Break to Retune Their Instruments
She
Side Effects
When Wilhelm Röntgen Visits the Farm
A World of Things
Talitha
In Advance of the Sage Smudge
If a Poet Writes About Herself in the Bathtub, and No One is Around to Care,
Can She Still Call It a Poem?
Angel/Mother/Goddess
The Myth of the Cave

REVIEW: WhiteHot Magazine by Daniel Maidman

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When I was in film school, before the millennium, we were instructed always to reserve some time at the end of shooting in each room. During this time, we were to record several minutes of silence in the room. This “room tone” could then be seamlessly woven in wherever sound editing called for dialogue shot in that space to pause. 

The point of room tone was that the ear can hear a mismatch if two different silences are welded together in the editing. No two silences are alike. Silence is full of timbre. Each room has a personality which comes to the fore in the quiet that falls after its occupants have left.

This concept comes to mind when considering many of the paintings in Kimberly Brooks’s solo show Brazen, at Zevitas Marcus in Los Angeles.

Painting is sight, but some painters naturally summon other senses in service of their imagery. Brooks summons sound, and yet she does not imply noises. She is a painter of silence, of the full, textured silence of room tone. The rooms she depicts are stately and filled with luxurious objects. People have perpetually just vacated them. Their conversations or laughter have fallen away. There is a stuffy close quality to the air. It is trapped and moves only in tiny currents. The personality of these rooms comes into focus now that they are empty.

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