EXHIBITION: Fever Dreams

K I M B E R L Y   B R O O K S

“Fever Dreams
SEPT 27 – DEC 6, 2018
Mt. San Antonio College,
1100 N. Grand Avenue,
Walnut CA

August 28, 2018 | Walnut, CA — The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery is pleased to present Fever Dreams, a solo exhibition featuring new and small works spanning the career of Los Angeles-based artist KIMBERLY BROOKS,

The exhibition catalogue, Fever Dreams, includes essays by Shana Nys Dambrot and Michael Wilson.

Brooks’ latest exhibition, Fever Dreams, features new paintings alongside smaller past works that span the last fifteen years. The newer large paintings continue the narrative of ancient landscapes along with magical gold and silver doorways as an entry into an altered universe.  In the large triptych “Through the Looking Glass” Brooks features an inception-like image of a landscape within another painting of a landscape. In “Jerusalem”, a vibrant mosaic on silver dances next to and on top of a loose underpainting and geometric floor.  In the diptych, “Bel Air”, a vase-strewn ledge overlooks an ancient forest as if peering from a balcony within a tapestry. Appropriately, scenes depicted on these canvases seem to come from a fever dream, and the palpable tension between abstraction and representation continues in her work.  This is in marked contrast to her early work, where Brooks depicted light as she saw it, reflected in pools and on the figure in shows such as “Mom’s Friends” and “Technicolor Summer” from which many of the earlier studies come. Curiously, whether because of the small scale or medium of watercolor, gouache and oil, the looseness and abstraction in these studies, never before seen in public, have a much stronger connection to the new larger paintings than the works they were intended to anticipate.  The juxtaposition of these two bodies from different times periods expose a foreshadowing and offers a first-hand look into the creative process of a painter as she wrestles with intention and acquiesces to the material and her imagination.

Kimberly Brooks is an American painter. Her work blends figuration and abstraction to focus on subjects related to memory, reality, history, representation, and identity. 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.  As an artist she was recently featured by the National Endowment for the Arts. www.kimberlybrooks.com

From its inception in 1954, our Gallery program has consistently complemented this enduring process by presenting traditional and contemporary art in fluid and dynamic presentations that nurture pluralist values and traditions and addresses a multitude of multicultural issues and concerns. With the support of our campus community, the Art Gallery team has been able to advocate and stimulate a general interest in art through special programs and events, making these exhibitions readily accessible to the widest possible audience. 

Gallery hours: Tues – Thurs 11- 2 p.m., Tuesday Evenings 5 – 7:30 p.m.,
and Saturdays 10/6, 11/3, 12/1 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789 | 909.274.4328 |