BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition


September 20 - December 14, 2014




Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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  • Photo: Jason Wyche

  • Photo: Jason Wyche

  • Installation at LIU Brooklyn, photo: Jason Wyche

  • Photo: Jason Wyche

  • Photo: Jason Wyche


Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Vice President, Contemporary Art; Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator; and guest curators Leslie Kerby and Fawz Kabra


Opening Reception: Sept 19, 7-9pm


In fall 2014 BRIC launched a major new initiative, the BRIC Biennial. These exhibitions present the work of emerging and mid-career visual artists working across artistic media, with each edition focusing on different areas of Brooklyn. The first Biennial surveyed artists based in downtown Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods, a fitting focus given the location of BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn at the edge of Fort Greene, traditionally, an important cultural center in Brooklyn. This exhibition series intends to demonstrate the rich wealth of talent to be found throughout Brooklyn.

Among the artists to be featured in the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition, were ruby onyinyechi amanze, whose large-scale works on paper have been influenced greatly by her cultural hybridity, as well as by textile design, photography, print-making and architecture. Scherezade Garcia, known for working with found objects, created a major installation from copies of the Village Voice upon which she will reproduce an image of the sea. Jenna Spevack, an artist whose art practice is based in sustainable design, created an audio installation that took place in a reclaimed wood outhouse in the gallery. Vince Contarino’s paintings simultaneously embraced a graphic language in tandem with the gesture and materiality of abstraction.

ARTISTS: Fariba Salma Alam, Richard Baker, Katie Bell, Isak Berbic, Ben Thorp Brown, Youmna Chlala, Vince Contarino, Joe Diebes, Seth Michael Forman, Scherezade Garcia, Valérie Hallier, Nene Humphrey, Nina Katchadourian, Despo Magoni, Karyn Olivier, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Jenny Polak and Dread Scott, Eleanor Ray, Wendy Richmond, Niv Rozenberg, Jean Shin, Jenna Spevack, Daniel Terna, Penelope Umbrico, Daniel Wiener, and Martha Wilson.

Don't miss Biennial artist Katie Bell's special installation, The Ruin, in the Humanities Building Gallery on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, located just steps from BRIC House.* PLEASE NOTE: The Opening Reception for Katie's work will take place on September 19, from 7-9pm (NOT Sept 23, as previously announced)

A performance in conjunction with Nene Humphrey's Circling the Center will take place every Sunday from 2-4pm. Humphrey's piece centers on the lost craft of Victorian mourning braiding and the public will be invited to join in the braiding process. 

Weekly docent tours will be scheduled during the run of the exhibition, time TBA.  

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Venue Information:

The 3,000 square-foot Gallery in BRIC House has soaring 18-foot ceilings that permit major exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists and curators. 

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