Technicolor Summer Exhibition Tonite

Hi Everyone~

My Solo Exhibition “Technicolor Summer” opens tonite in Los Angeles May 10th 6 – 9 PM in Culver City– press release below. The show is based on a personal experience that I had last summer.  Also, here’s the press release.  Hope to see you there!  In Art, Kimberly

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Kimberly Brooks: TECHNICOLOR SUMMER
May 10th – June 14th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday May 10th, 2008, 6-9pm

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Technicolor Summer, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibition will run from May 10 – June 14. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday May 10th from 6pm-9pm. This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery.

In her new series of oil paintings, Brooks explores the relationship between human and nature. Using the sweeping California landscape as a backdrop, from the forests of Yosemite to the bewildering expanse of the Pacific Ocean, she introduces characters that are unified by the mutual awe for their surroundings. Based on her personal experience, Brooks focuses on a family grappling with illness, where the prospect of death renders every moment vivid, and each meal and sunset matters. The scenes are from a summer experienced in high definition; where every leaf on a tree becomes visible simultaneously, and life is lived in Technicolor.

Kimberly Brooks work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions including curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, California Institute of the Arts. Brooks maintains her studio in Venice, CA.

Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, CA and is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am-5:30pm. For additional information, contact Heather Taylor at heather@taylordecordoba.com or (310) 559-9156.

Technicolor Summer Solo Show, Los Angeles


presents

K I M B E R L Y   B R O O K S
“Technicolor Summer”

May 10th – June 14th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday May 10th, 2008, 6-9pm


Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Technicolor Summer, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibition will run from May 10 – June 14. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday May 10th from 6pm-9pm. This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery.

In her new series of oil paintings, Brooks explores the relationship between human and nature. Using the sweeping California landscape as a backdrop, from the forests of Yosemite to the bewildering expanse of the Pacific Ocean, she introduces characters that are unified by the mutual awe for their surroundings. Based on her personal experience, Brooks focuses on a family grappling with illness, where the prospect of death renders every moment vivid, and each meal and sunset matters. The scenes are from a summer experienced in high definition; where every leaf on a tree becomes visible simultaneously, and life is lived in Technicolor.

Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, CA and is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am-5:30pm. For additional information, contact Heather Taylor at heather@taylordecordoba.com or (310) 559-9156.

Preparing for Mom’s Friends

Liz Goldwyn was kind enough to pose for me in authentic 70s clothing from The Way We Wore on La Brea. (Not only is she luminous but also author of the magnificent book, Pretty Things)lizgoldwyn.jpg

I’m gathering old magazines from the 70s

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collecting textiles and hanging them all over the studio
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looking at 70s fashion on ebay…

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raiding all the old family photo albums

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(the artist at eight!)
It means making gouaches to work out palettes and compositions for the oil paintings.

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Leah Lehmbeck: Mom’s Friends

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The F-Word (“Feminism”) in Art by Leah Lehmbeck
On New Paintings by Kimberly Brooks

With Nancy Pelosi having taken her historic position at the rostrum and Hillary Clinton hitting the presidential campaign trail, we have undoubtedly entered a new era of feminism. The F-word is once again being bandied about, as is that perennial question, “Can we have it all?” And it is thus no surprise to find that in her latest series, “Mom’s Friends,” the artist Kimberly Brooks adds a new voice to the debate. In making her starting point her childhood in Marin County in the 1970s, Brooks concentrates on women who are, according to her, “endlessly fascinating and mysterious . . . particularly because they were in such a state of transition.” While Brooks explores the theme of womanhood through the imagery of female liberation some thirty years ago, she is also able to investigate to the complex relationship between reality, memory and representation.

The “woman question” has been continually up for discussion since the inception of modern feminism in the late 1960s. As universal as this topic is Brooks was specifically inspired by her role as the mother of a young daughter, saying in her artist statement: “Now that I am a mother with a daughter of my own, I see the way she studies me and my friends, how she imitates the way I walk and talk or wants to traipse in my heels”. Recalling how she used to do the same, Brooks turned to her own mother for inspiration, using photographs from the 1970s of her mother and her mother’s friends (actual, and recreated with friends in vintage clothing) as the basis for her work. By presenting women who migrated to California from the Midwest and East Coast and consequently “melted their inhibitions, heated up their styles and . . . shed previous notions of themselves,” Brooks’s paintings fix us at a significant time and place vis-à-vis the role of women. Indeed, beginning in the 1970s many of the women of that generation sought, for the first time, to forge their identities apart from their husbands and families. And it is this feature–their newfound autonomy–that Brooks presents, and inevitably positions, against the current state of feminism in her work.

Read whole review >

Scope Fair New York

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Taylor de Cordoba is pleased to be presenting new work by Kimberly Brooks at the Scope art fair in New York City next week. We hope you will come visit us at Booth 45.

SCOPE NEW YORK

The Scope Pavilion
Lincoln Center
Damrosch Park,
Corner of 62 Street and 10th Avenue
Upcoming Solo Exhibition “Mom’s Friends”
March 3 – April 7, 2007
Taylor De Cordoba Gallery

Mom’s Friends

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When I was a young girl, I remember my mother and her friends, their clothes, their dinner parties and their laughter, as a distinctly as a perfume.

 

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These women were not fifties housewives who stayed home and marvelled at the new technology of the dishwasher.

 

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This was Marin County in the 1970s, when love songs oozed from the radio, a geodesic dome spung from the lawn in our backyard and my mother put rhinestones on everything.

Now that I am a mother with a daughter of my own, I see the way she studies me and my friends, how she imitates the way I walk and talk or wants to traipse in my heels. While the imagery of women I paint in this series is unique to this time and place, the group itself is universal. In this series, investigate young mothers as a powerful subtribe around which everything evolves.

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