BRIC is pleased to present Look up here, I’m in heaven, a group exhibition of unconventional portraits featuring paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media work by David Antonio Cruz, Yashua Klos, Tschabalala Self, and Yoon Ji Seon. Genres are cut up and new materials enter the conversation, unraveling the traditional understanding of portraiture as a singular representation of an individual. By countering old narratives which had long framed the representation of persons of color—of privilege and exclusion, vulnerability and typecasting—the four artists foreground their diverse perspectives and question how identity unfolds.
Due to unanticipated travel issues, which resulted in his band not able to make it to the U.S., Senegalese singer-guitarist-percussionist Baaba Maal has been forced to cancel his appearance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. As such, BRIC has decided to cancel the entire June 16 concert, and hopes to have Baaba and Lakou Mizik back sometime in the future. Baaba will still sit in with Mumford & Sons at the Forest Hills Stadium on Friday, June 17.
BRIC is pleased to present "Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere," an exhibition of eight artists and one collective whose work seeks to generate dialogue about some of the most critical social justice issues of our day, including police violence, gentrification, homelessness, poverty, and workers’ rights, among others. Featuring work by Sol Aramendi, Matt Black, Taeyoon Choi, Alicia Grullón, Brendan Fernandes, Interference Archive, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shaun Leonardo and Kenneth Pietrobono, the exhibition highlights the various forms of communication used by artists to convey their message and catalyze change.
BRIC is pleased to present the world premiere of "The Spinning Wheel," an explosive multimedia performance, along with an interactive gallery exhibition, by hip hop theater artist and musician Baba Israel. Created in collaboration with UK based director Leo Kay and musician Yako 440, "The Spinning Wheel" remixes and reinterprets the 50-year legacy of Israel’s late father, steve ben israel (1938–2012), a political activist and member of The Living Theatre, an iconic, avant-garde theater group. Through spoken word, video, and live music, Baba Israel not only animates the radical, countercultural impulses of New York City during the 1960s and ‘70s, but also, lovingly pays tribute to his father.
BRIC is pleased to present "Handmade Abstract," an exhibition of 13 artists at varying stages of their careers who are dedicated to the visual language of abstraction and who ground their work in everyday, physical realities. The exhibition will focus on artists who employ a broad range of materials and processes, and who imbue their work with a sense of the handmade, tactile, and quirky. Many of the artists use found or recycled materials, and many use fabrication techniques and materials drawn from the worlds of handicraft or domesticity.
BRIC will mount its first open-call exhibition, "OPEN (C)ALL: The Artist’s Studio," from January 14 to February 8, 2015. The exhibition will be presented in the 3,000-square-foot Gallery of BRIC House and will be open to all members of the online BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry or to those artists who join the BRIC Artist Registry during the exhibition submission period (through Jan 7, 2015). BRIC’s Registry is free and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn. For the "OPEN (C)ALL" exhibition, Registry artists may submit a single work of art of their choosing and representing their practice. All work submitted within guidelines will be shown, while space is available.