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.

“The Whole Story” Kimberly Brooks Solo Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2006

“The Whole Story” Kimberly Brooks Solo Exhibition
Portraits and Contemplations of Women
Solo Exhibition May 5 – 27, 2006

Los Angeles – The Risk Press Gallery, an alternative space for emerging artists, is pleased to present The Whole Story, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Kimberly Brooks.  The show runs from May 5 – 27, at 8533 Melrose Avenue, Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kimberly Brooks’ portraits of women investigate the roles of women as artists and subjects of the “gaze”. The artist examines female identity over time, culling her portrait subjects from contemporary women and early 20th century imagery.

The show’s title piece displays one of Brooks’ signature styles of breaking canvases into byte-like squares and installing them out-of-sequence and off-kilter.  The nude subject’s compliant gaze in this painting competes with the impending disintegration of its surface. “Mom’s Friend” captures a past sensuality as seen through a child’s eyes.

In “The John Ashcroft Show,” Brooks depicts a large nude torso, painted in reaction to the then U.S. Attorney General who covered the nude statues at the Department of Justice.

With vibrant colors and unique installations, Brooks often crops or spreads her figures over several canvases, reflecting the historical glorification of women’s body parts into elected zones of pleasure.  By assuming the role of the artist and recontextualizing these images, Brooks’ places women as spectators, making notions of objectification, voyeurism, and empowerment freshly relevant.

About the Artist
Kimberly Brooks works in oil painting and new 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.

After earning a bachelor of arts at UC Berkeley, Brooks spent a year in Paris painting. She returned to the United States to begin a successful career in design and new media. She founded the design and technology collective Lightray Productions and likens technology to painting with photons.  Brooks studied painting at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and new media at the American Film Institute.

About Risk Press Gallery
The Risk Press Gallery is an alternative space for emerging artists that allows them to experience the exclusive showing of their own work. Each month a different artist immerses themselves in the gallery environment. The artists are selected by Chuck Pendergast who founded the gallery in 2003.  The Risk Press Gallery does not require artists to pay for their time in the gallery, nor does it take any of the proceeds from artwork that is sold there.  Each artist is only asked to create a self-portrait and donate it to the gallery to mark their effort and achievement.   A show of artist self portraits who have shown at the gallery will be on display November 2006.

For more information or hi-rez images of Kimbelry Brooks’ work, contact:  Amy Spach at 310-472-0834 or email art@kimberlybrooks.com.

For more information about Risk Press, visit www.riskpress.com