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Emily Oliveira: I Saw God and She Wasn’t Made of Money

I Saw God and She Wasn’t Made of Money is an exhibition by BRIC ArtFP artist Emily Oliveira that transforms BRIC’s Project Room into a devotional space using embroidery, quilting, beading, and rug tufting.

Date

Jan 21 - June 13, 2021
Wed-Sat, 11AM-6PMDue to limited capacity, we encourage reservations 48 hrs in advance. 
Reserve your timed entry ticket here

Cost

FREE

Location

Project Room at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Emily Oliveira, The Goddess is Bitten, 2020

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Jan 21 - June 13, 2021

GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sat, 11am - 6 pm

CURATED BY JENNY GEROW

In-person viewing at BRIC will be available during reduced hours, Wed-Sat 11AM-6PM, and at reduced capacity. Visitors are encouraged to make a reservation 48 hrs in advance and are asked to limit their time in the space to an hour. In-person viewing availability is subject to change, in accordance with city and state health authorities. 

For the safety of our staff and visitors we ask all individuals entering our space to comply with our COVID House Rules. Temperature checks are required upon entry and masks must be worn at all times.


Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality.
-José Muñoz

Emily Oliveira positions labor and desire as tools to access the divine, creating textiles that act as portals into a queer, sci-fi utopia informed by the anarchist utopias of Octavia Butler and Ursula K. LeGuin, and Latinx leftist art. I Saw God and She Wasn’t Made of Money transforms BRIC’s Project Room into a devotional space using embroidery, quilting, beading, and rug tufting. The blending of disparate materials into a patchworked whole serves as a metaphor for the Buddhist understanding of dependent origination, that our lives and consciousness do not exist on its own and are always interconnected.

Oliveira’s hand-dyed silk quilts are layered, mythological narratives that are influenced by and celebratory of the many forms of contemporary intentional communities: the radical action and aesthetics of Chile’s Arpilleristas; the world building narratives of queer Star Trek slash fiction zines; the subterranean temples at Damanhur. Influenced by Mexican muralism, Oliveira uses allegory as a narrative tool and embeds within her textiles stories of collective imagining, elasticizing our perception of our present, and the possibility of a future without the limiting borders and boundaries of colonialism and the binaries of heteronormativity.

Emily Oliveira is a 2020-21 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.

Emily Oliveira 1.jpg

Large scale artwork on wall of gallery and on floor, depicting bright colors of abstract people, a volcano and snake..

Oxalá, Pois vejo vir vindo no vento, Cheiro de nova estação, Eu sinto tudo na ferida viva, Do meu coração (I wish, For I see coming in the wind, Smell of a new season, I feel everything in the living wound, From my heart), 2020-21

Hand-dyed silk velvet, wood, chicken wire, tufted acrylic, wool, and cotton 45 x 45 x 30 in.

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Art work hanging on a gallery wall depicting an erupting volcano with people running and others kissing

The vessel and the blood boiling into air between us, Kissing we were breathing, And dying from the temporary ecstasies, we let go, Into the depths of one another, Go, We went, We sang, And God, Was a feeling we gave to ourselves, 2020

Cotton and Rayon Jacquard weaving, hand dyed cotton, cotton batting
47 x 108 in.

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Colorful artwork of a woman slaying a skeleton surrounded by fire and other people.

Everything Must Go (Lenda Murray Slays the Last Living King and We Awake to Find that We are Figures in Our Own Mythology, In Our Hands, the Tools for a Cosmic Redirection), 2020

Hand-dyed silk and cotton, sari silk, cotton thread, and glass beads
75 x 73 in.

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Colorful artwork depicting a woman lying on her side and bitten by a snake.

The Goddess, Asleep, Is Bitten by a Cosmic Snake and Thereby Hallucinates the Universe into Existence, 2019-20

Hand-dyed silk, cotton thread, and freshwater pearls
45 x 78 in.

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Colorful artwork hanging on a gallery wall depicting an erupting volcano with people laying on the ground underneath, near a river.

There Is No More Work in the Shadow of the Holy Mountain That Has Become the Volcano, 2020

Hand-dyed silk and cotton with glass beads and crystals
74 x 74 in.

Courtesy of the Jiménez-Colón Collection

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Close up of colorful, beaded artwork depicting a couple holding each other.

Hidden beneath the leaf mold, beneath the ferns and mushrooms, a flower as small as a fingernail, white as milk, 2021

Hand-dyed cotton, cotton batting, gold plated beads, and glass beads
38 x 38 in.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Oliveira is a multidisciplinary artist who work involves craft materials and processes including textiles, beadwork, and embroidery. She was a 2018 BRIClab resident and the winner of BRIC's ArtFP in 2020 with an exhibition opeing in January 2021. Oliveira received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. She has participated in group exhibitions at Brooklyn Brush Studios and the Space Heater Gallery, both in Brooklyn; and at SPRING/BREAK, SLEEPCENTER, and the Museum of Arts and Design, all in NY. She has been awarded residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design, WaveHill, and Ars Nova, all in NY; A.I.R Gallery, Governors Island, NY; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. (E.M.)

Venue Information:

The Project Room, located adjacent to the Gallery in BRIC House is an added resource for video work, BRIC's emerging curator program, small-scale exhibitions and experimental curatorial projects. 

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