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