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Opening Reception for Death Becomes Her, Christie Neptune, Padma Rajendran

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Join us for the opening reception for BRIC's spring exhibitions!

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JOIN US AT THE OPENING RECEPTION: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 from 7-9PM

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Feb 20 - Apr 19, 2020

Death Becomes Her is a group exhibition on view at BRIC in the Main Gallery, co-curated and in partnership with The Green-Wood Cemetery. The exhibition features ten artists—Mimi Bai, Kim Brandt, Nona Faustine, Rachel Grobstein, Gyun Hur, McKendree Key*, Heidi Lau, Catalina Ouyang, Freya Powell*, and Keisha Scarville—exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living. These ten female-identifying artists examine loss as a catalyst for self-discovery, its cultural and social associations, and the politics of death and dying. They are inspired by personal traumas, ancient myths, and historic injustices. Through their use of objects and tropes commonly associated with death (such as gravestones, flowers, and shrouds), the artists also expand the visual rhetoric of how the departed are remembered. The centerpiece of this collaboration is an unusual activation of BRIC’s Main Gallery. The typically open-air space will be transformed into a tomb-like environment with atmospheric lighting and an intimate enclosure intended to facilitate a deeper engagement with the audience. The works on view are introspective and deeply personal, drawing our attention to the universally inevitable concept of death. (*These artists will be presenting performance pieces at Green-Wood cemetery as part of Death Becomes Her).

As an interdisciplinary artist working across film, photography, mixed media, and performance arts, visual artist Christie Neptune investigates how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. The artist built off the research and work that she engaged in during her year-long residency in the NXTHVN Residency program in New Haven, CT, focusing on a closed community center in the neighborhood of Dixwell, where the residency is based. Through extensive research and the lens of an archeologist studying ancient ruins, Neptune sought to draw a deeper narrative of the hidden potential in absence. Focusing on photographs of the site, and filtering this example of American urban decay through the lens of ancient ruins, Neptune’s exhibition in BRIC’s project room will bring together sculpture, long-form video, and photographs to draw a deeper narrative related to absence and what that means for a community. Critically aware of both self and subjectivity, she illuminates the personal and emotional aftermath of a society that disregards and de-legitimizes those that endure the brunt of historically upheld supremacies.

Chritie Neptune is a 2019-20 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.

Move me with you is an installation consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling. In this interactive installation, Padma Rajendran activates BRIC’s hallway exhibition space with a series of dyed and printed fabric works that question the after-effects of constant migration on interior and domestic life. The exhibition wall is covered from floor to ceiling by the fabric works, making the junctures of migration and homecoming visible through the storytelling in the dyed and printed scenes.

The hanging works on fabric play with levels of opacity and sheerness through layered sections of silk, polyester, and organza to reveal hidden stories to the active viewer or offer a seductive wave to the casual passerby. Textiles are essential to demarcating space and establishing identity and comfort. Throughout history, these easily transportable objects have been used to re-establish the structure and culture of home for many acknowledged nomadic tribes. This practice continues today for several unacknowledged contemporary ones. Through the question “what are we allowed to bring?” the artist touches on the convenience of material as well as the emotional meaning embedded within objects.

Padma Rajendran is a 2019-20 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.

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