Whitney Curator selects LA Artist Kimberly Brooks for NY Group Exhibition

Whitney Curator selects LA Artist Kimberly Brooks for NY Exhibition
“Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing”
24th Juried Annual Exhibition at Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, New York,
June 29th-July 27th, 2006

Los Angeles – Two paintings by LA artist Kimberly Brooks were selected this week by the curator of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Elisabeth Sussman, for inclusion in the 24th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Pleiades Gallery in New York City. Twenty artists were selected from sixteen hundred submissions in an international outreach.

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The Whole Story, Solo Exhibition

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In my series of paintings, “The Whole Story”, I investigate the roles of woman as artists and subjects of the. I appropriate erotic imagery of women in the early twentieth century to target a historical moment when the artist-model relationship was surrounded with sexual myths and Bohemian fantasies. I reverses roles and offer another way of viewing the female body, other than the assumption that such images are directed only to a male spectator. This includes recreating poses using myself and contemporary women as models. Fragmentation reflects the historical glorification of women’s body parts into elected zones of pleasure, while simultaneously interrupting the fluid trajectory of the male gaze. By assuming the role of the artist (and model) and recontextualizing these images, I place women as spectator, resituating control over the female image within a feminist representation.

I strive to advance the process; to explore the way viewing itself reinstates female power, becoming objects of her own vision. When even today there exists cultures who cover their women from head to toe, and others where flaunting is a right, notions of voyeurism, objectification and empowerment become even more relevant.

Group Show in Chelsea, Curator Jordan Cantor MOMA

I thought i’d give you some snapshots of the trip to NY this past week. Arrived with my dear friend Karen at the 60 thompson hotel in SoHo…
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We ordered martinis on the rooftop when thunder clouds started forming. We machinated about how much we could squeeze into the next 48 hours.
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We walked up the street in the rain and had a late dinner at Balthazar.
All I could think about was the exhibition the next night.

The next day we went gallery hopping in Chelsea. My favorite exhibit was Jenny Seville at the Gagosian, Michael Steinberg Gallery and Remy Toledo. There were some surprises at the smaller galleries with excellent paintings. But the mood was very much photography and video installations over all.

* * * The Exhibition * * *

Opted for the assasin/vixen look to ward off evil.

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Wore killer assymetrical As4 dress with single spiral zipper that starts at my shoulder and goes all the way around my waste below my knees;
smokey eyes/pale lipstick…

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Since there were twenty artists with their friends and families, it couldn’t help but to resemble the joint (x20) bar mitzvah celebration of an overly ambitious temple. There were a lot of parents and friends of the winners so it was heavily packed with people who, perhaps, don’t often attend art shows. During the curator’s lecture, one lady in the back, in a strong brooklyn accent, asked, “I thought this was a juried show so where are the eleven members of the jury?” Hilarious. It was very cool to be selected as the curator, Jordan Kantor of MOMA, chose only 20 works of 1800 submissions. The work ranged from a megaphone sliced in half with marcaroni alphabet pasta — spray painted in black across the floor, 

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to a beaded maniquin’s head,

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to four stacks of black construction paper two feet high with blue paint streaked on the top…and the rest photographs and paintings. Jordan gave a talk during which he singled mine out as masterfully executed and being a “a modern riff on a 30s style”. He placed my painting next to a photograph of a rapper in the same position “all arms and lips” he said. Here’s the piece again below:
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After three hours in those shoes, we went to the Chelsea Hotel for tapas and cocktails for an “After Party”. Then we had a great sushi dinner but i’ll spare you a picture of raw fish.

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Now back home and into the studio~09studio.jpg

MOMA Curator Selects Brooks for Group Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2005

MOMA Curator selects LA Artist Kimberly Brooks for NY Exhibition
23th Juried Annual Exhibition at Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, New York,
June 29th-July 27th, 2005

Los Angeles – A painting by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks was selected this week by the curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Jordan Kantor, for inclusion in the 23th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Pleiades Gallery in New York City. Forty Artists were selected from sixteen hundred submissions in an international outreach.

The recognition of Brooks’ artwork comes while she prepares for her first solo exhibition, ‘The Whole Story’  The show will be at the Risk Press Gallery, an alternative space for emerging artists on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

The show’s focus on viewing is strongly connected to the themes in my recent exploration and modern recontexutalization of women figures’ says Brooks from the Venice, California studio where she works.

The Paintings

Brooks’ pieces for this exhibition are “Enid” and “Bluenote”, both paintings of women using oil on linen and a cool palette, but with strikingly different brush strokes and moods. In ‘Enid’, the eyes peer above the canvas and out of sight, beyond the viewer, prideful and uninhibited. The strokes are loose and free. While in ‘Bluenot’, the nude curls inward, the flesh and hair is polished, while her porcelain pallor evokes both a shiny stillness and study in contrast.

About the Artist

Kimberly Brooks works in oil painting and mixed media. Her work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions whose jurors include Jordan Kantor of MOMA, Joan Hugo of the California Institute of the Arts and Chris Burden. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and studied painting at Otis Art Institute and UCLA with artists Franklyn Leigel and Liat Yossifer, respectively.

CONTACT: To speak with Kimberly Brooks, for more information contact Heather Taylor at 310.559.9156 at Taylor De Cordoba.

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