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Continuing her tense on-going battle between abstraction and literal representation, Kimberly Brooks’ latest selection of oil paintings are being displayed in Los Angeles at the Zevitas Marcus gallery.

Brooks explores the theme of human gestures, pillaging the imagery of well-known historical events to reproduce an entirely new story within that very same context. Her work is an amalgamation of figures, landscapes, still life and interiors. She blends into it her own personal experiences that go on to create a skilful fusion of historical and contemporary perspectives. As an artist Brooks has depended on the abstract, but never completely embraced it, though one can sense an on-going tension between representation and abstraction in her works. The recent paintings seem to tilt towards abstraction in many ways. Brooks uses it to divide the materiality of history, like in ‘Museum Wall’. She then invites viewers to dive inside the frame to experience the history as it happened and her depiction of it, which she does in ‘Blue Angels’. The works may have their sources in known historical events, but Brooks has no intention of reporting about them per say, instead she accesses her honed ability of painting that can directly construct meaning. The grand interiors, ornamentation and religious icons in her works are deconstructed from their traditional forms and are aligned within our contemporary culture with a renewed range of meaning.

Kimberly Brooks is a graduate from UC Berkeley in Literature and worked as a writer before choosing the brush over the pen. Brooks studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Her work has been the focus of several solo and group exhibitions organized by curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She lives and works in Los Angeles where this exhibition will take place. Zevitas Marcus is located in Los Angeles’ gallery district, Culver City.

The exhibition will be on view through September 9 – October 21, 2017 at Zevitas Marcus 2754 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034

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EXHIBITION “Brazen” Zevitas Marcus

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Kimberly Brooks ‘Blue Forest’ Oil on lInen 44 x 36

On View:  September 9 – October 28, 2017
Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 8pm

Los Angeles, CA – 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.

Kimberly Brooks’ constructs scenes with singular gestures, marauding imagery of recognizable historical contexts to manifest something entirely new. Her work brings together traditional subject matter – the figure, landscape, interiors and still-life – with her own personal experiences to form a deft fusion of contemporary and historical concerns.

There has always been a palpable tension between abstraction and representation in Brooks’ work. Her most recent paintings veer ever more aggressively towards abstraction, which is used as a divide between experiencing the materiality of a particular history (Museum Wall) and falling inside the frame to experience the history at the time of depiction (Blue Angels).

While the work included in Brazen all arrives from recognizable source material, Brooks is less interested in reportage than she is in the ability of paint to directly conjure meaning. To this end, religious icons, grand interiors and ornamentation are all purposefully untethered from their traditional functions and allowed to embody a greater range of meaning within our contemporary culture. In Talitha, stark Joan of Arc hair and a sumptuous collar remain as the greatest signifiers of a faded princess. The facial details have fallen vague, effectively encouraging an audience to project their own narratives onto what is left behind. Brooks work is ultimately concerned with how painters see and process the visual remnants of history.

KIMBERLY BROOKS
Kimberly Brooks graduated 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. This is her first solo exhibition with Zevitas Marcus.

ZEVITAS MARCUS
Opened in September of 2015, Zevitas Marcus is a contemporary art gallery founded by Steven Zevitas and Richard Marcus located in the heart of Los Angeles’ gallery district, Culver City.  www.zevitasmarcus.com

Group Exhibition “Instalarity” Curated by F. Scott Hess

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Santa Ana, Ca-  Kimberly Brooks will have three works featured in the group exhibition “Instalarity” curated by F. Scott Hess at the Q Art Salon,  November 5-28, 2016 Opening night November 5th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Participating artists include: Alonsa Guevara, Kimberly Brooks, Charles Antolin, Damian Chavez,Daniel Maidman, Danny Galieote,Dina Brodsky, Felicia Forte, F Scott Hess, George Dawnay, Guno Park, James Thistlethwaite, Jihae Christine Lee,John Brosio, Justin Matthew Tecson, Lola Gil, Marc Dalessio, Marc Trujillo, Maria Kreyn, Michelle Doll, Natalia Fabia, Nina Ulett, Taylor Jade Phillips,Shannon Fody, Stephen Wright, Valerie Pobjoy, Joseph Rivera, William Wray, Yalda Sepahpour, Zoey Frank.  F. Scott Hess published an article about the exhibition here.

Q Art Salon, 205 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana, CA 92701.714-835-8833

Art + Culture Print Exhibition, NY, NY

"Portrait of Layla" "Portrait of Arjun" Limited Edition Prints

Art+Culture Projects
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.

All artworks are available to view and purchase now at artandculture.com. To purchase prints click here. For further information please contact helen@artandculture.com

ART INSTALLATION March 19 – July 28, The Cooper Building, Los Angeles, CA

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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
310.663.1737 info@SAGE-PROJECTS.COM

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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I Have A King Who Does Not Speak: Kimberly Brooks’ Solo Exhibition, Roosevelt Library, San Antonio, TX

ROOSEVELT LIBRARY
311 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210

Presents
A Solo Painting Exhibition

K I M B E R L Y    B R O O K S
“I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”

Nov 20, 2014 – Jan 14, 2015

Artist Reception:
Nov 20, Thurs 6:00- 8:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Antonio, TX — The Roosevelt Library and Alice Carrington Foultz are pleased to present “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”, a solo exhibition of by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibit will run from Nov 20, 2014 – Jan 14, 2015. The Gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, Nov 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In Brooks’ latest paintings series the viewer encounters a miasmic world of visual pleasures, from opulent clothing and architecture to hazy landscapes and portraits, all seen through her seductively decadent yet playfully loose brushwork. In keeping with her previous exhibition “I Notice People Disappear,” underlying this evocative imagery one encounters the psychology of desire, loss, and the uncanny.

In “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak” Brooks conjures and resurrects scenes and passages from a foreign place and time. Borrowing ancient imagery used to document presentations of wealth, historical events, Brooks twists images to appear at once familiar and strange. The viewer finds him or herself in an alternate universe. Scenes seems to come from a fever dream, as rooms careen out of control and ghostlike figures disintegrate into the backgrounds. Abstraction runs throughout the works, bending spaces, interrupting scenes with non sequitur brush marks, and transforming emblems of power into smaller paintings, as seen in “Family Tree” and “The Memory of Banquet”. As each painting teeters between abstraction and representation, going in and out of lucidity, Brooks’ work touches on her own understanding of how painters see and process the visual remnants of history. She uses this model as a keyhole to an alternate reality altogether. The challenge of this particular exhibition comes in part from confronting orientalism and the imagery of empire with the added filter and gaze of the contemporary artist. By warping familiar historical imagery in this manner, Brooks employs the remaining vessel as a means of accessing a subliminal past and in doing so opens a door to a world of her own creation.

Kimberly 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. Brooks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and Studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Born in New York, Brooks lives in Los Angeles and maintains her studio in Venice, CA. Curator Alice Carrington Foultz has been advising clients through her art advisory for over thirty years and stages exhibitions throughout the country.

Image: “Portrait of Forgotten Ancestor” 32 x 40 in. Oil on Linen 2013 Kimberly Brooks

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SOLO EXHIBITION: “I Notice People Disappear” ArtHouse 429, West Palm Beach, FL, EXTENDED to MARCH 15, 2014

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KIMBERLY BROOKS
“I Notice People Disappear”
February 6 – March 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thurs, 6:30- 8:30 PM

ArtHouse 429 is pleased to present “I Notice People Disappear”, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks.  The exhibit will run from February 6 – March 6, 2013.  The Gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, Feb 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

In Brooks’ latest paintings the viewer encounters a miasmic world of guilty visual pleasures, from opulent clothing and architecture to hazy landscapes and portraits, all seen through her seductively decadent yet playfully loose brushwork.   In keeping with previous exhibitions “Mom’s Friends” and “The Stylist Project,” underlying this evocative at times lavish imagery one encounters the psychology of desire, loss, and the uncanny.

In “I Notice People Disappear” Brooks begins each piece against the backdrop of 18th Century British India.   Borrowing from sources originally used to document historical events, presentations of wealth, and the grandeur of ancestry she twists these images to appear at once familiar and strange.  The viewer finds him or herself in an alternate universe from the Merchant Ivory aesthetic so often associated with this material; Brooks’ perspective of the British Empire seems to come from a fever dream, as rooms careen out of control and ghostlike figures disintegrate into the backgrounds.  Abstraction runs throughout the works, bending spaces, interrupting scenes with non sequitur brush marks, and transforming emblems of power into odd smaller paintings, as seen in “Family Tree” and “The Memory of Banquet”.

As each painting teeters between abstraction and representation, going in and out of lucidity, Brooks’ work touches on her own understanding of how painters see and process the visual remnants of history.  She uses this model as a keyhole to an alternate reality altogether.  The challenge of this particular exhibition comes in part from confronting orientalism and the imagery of empire with the added filter and gaze of the contemporary artist.  By warping familiar historical imagery in this manner, Brooks employs the remaining vessel as a means of accessing a subliminal past and in doing so opens a door to a world of her own creation.

Kimberly 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.  Brooks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and Studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Born in New York, Brooks lives in Los Angeles and maintains her studio in Venice, CA.  Founded by William Halliday in January 2013, Arthouse 429 is dedicated to featuring the best contemporary art to the West Palm Beach area.  Curator Bruce Helander is artistic director and the former founding editor of the Art Economist where he featured Brooks as an “Artist to Watch in 2012”.

For more information, contact Mary Coyle at manager@arthouse429.com or tel: 561.231.0429.

Exhibition Catalogue

KIMBERLY BROOKS | I Notice People Disappear

‘”A Womanhouse…” Curated by Mira Schor, A.I.R Gallery, New York, January 9 – February 2, 2014

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9th, 2014, 6-9pm Video Screening: Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3-5pm Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 4-6pm

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today, an exhibition curated by painter/writer Mira Schor as part of A.I.R. Gallery’s CURRENTS Series of innovative exhibitions that address contemporary issues warranting critical attention. This exhibition will be on view from January 9th – February 2nd, 2014.

The original Womanhouse Project in Los Angeles in 1972 was one of the
most important and famous art projects in feminist art history. It
included some of the first major instances of installation art and of
feminist performance art in the United States. The artists included in A
“Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today
address questions similar to those posited by the original exhibition, but through a contemporary lens: What is the space necessary for an artist to make art in and for whom? Rather than a “Womanhouse” ought we now to envision a Rooming House or a Roaming House? What are the implications of the gendering of space, who owns domestic space, and is creativity more a private pursuit or a public one?

The exhibition includes forty artists working in all media: video, photography, photographed performance, painting, sculpture and installation, and opens up a discourse, sometimes overt, sometimes oblique about what the home means now for the woman artist and for women at all economic levels of society.

Irina Arnaut, Sharon Louise Barnes, Kimberly Brooks, Pauline Chernichaw, Jacintha Clark, Marcia Cooper, Laura Crosby, Amy Finkbeiner, Parisa Ghaderi, Marita Gootee, Marcie Hancock, Nancy Grace Horton, Sara Jiminez, Jeanne Jo, Natanya Kashan, Alex McQuilkin, Lucy Meskill, Megan Mette, Dawn Nye, Kalena Patton, Dominique Paul, Katarzyna Randall, Kaitlynn Redell, Kara Rooney, Caitlin Rueter, Julie Schenkelberg, Hayley Severns, Virginia Sprance, M. Louise Stanley, Evelin Stermitz, Robin Tewes, Gwenn Thomas, Marianne Van Den Bergh, Rebecca Volinsky, Angela Rose Voulgarelis, Jen Waters, Sasha Wortzel, Jayoung Yoon, Nancy Youdelman, Lu Zhang

About the Curator: Mira Schor is a painter and writer living in New York City. Her paintings combine visual pleasure and painterly craft with philosophical, existential, and political concerns within intimate painterly cartoons, furthering her interest in narrativity and autobiography within a political and conceptual field. She received her MFA from CalArts and has been the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations, as well as the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism and a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is the author of A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life and the blog A Year of Positive Thinking, as well as the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and the co-editor, with Susan Bee, of M/E/A/N/I/N/G.

A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sun., 11am to 6pm. For directions please visit www.airgallery.org. For more information please contact the Interim Director, JoAnne McFarland at 212-255-6651 or info@airgallery.org.

Image: Kimberly Brooks, “Helen Frankenthaler in her Studio”, 1957, Oil on Linen, 2013
A.I.R. Gallery – Celebrating over 40 years of advocating for women in the visual arts

Cat Art Show LA, Curated by Susan Michals, Los Angeles

'Pumpkin' Courtesy Grace Coddington

101 Exhibit is pleased to present CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES, curated by Susan Michals, featuring over seventy artists, the largest exhibition of its kind.

Opening Reception on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 7-10pm
101/exhibit, 6205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Artists Include: 
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Gary Baseman
Guy Denning
Jill Greenberg
Jonathan Yeo
Kimberly Brooks
Marc Dennis
Marion Peck
Martin Eder
Natalia Fabia
Noel Fielding
Ray Caesar
Shepard Fairey
Tim Biskup
Tracey Emin

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This exhibition is both a meditation and a celebration of the feline form. This exhibition goes beyond heralding felines as domesticated companion, and instead explores their role as muse and inspiration. Cats have been part of our lexicon (not to mention our home life) for thousands of years. The Egyptians frequently aligned them with the gods, like Bastet, the goddess of warfare. Later, great artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Pablo Picasso all created masterpieces centered around cats, sometimes showcasing them as companion, sometimes around something much deeper symbolically.

Partners include 101/exhibitPicMonkeyPerrierPeroni Beer, and The Walker Arts Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival. All artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Stray Cat Alliance of Los Angeles.

Hours:
Saturday, January 25th: 7pm – 10pm
Sunday, January 26th: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday, February 1st: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, February 2nd: 12pm – 5pm

SUSAN MICHALS,  CURATOR
Susan Michals has written about art and culture in such publications Vanity FairThe Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. She is an art consultant for clients in North America and Europe.