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EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Feb 20 - Jun 7, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 | 7-9PM
CURATED BY JENNY GEROW
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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Padma Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She has been included in group shows at Crystal Flowers Art Salon, Field Projects, both NY; September Gallery, Hudson, NY; High Tide Gallery, PA; Unpaved Gallery, Yucca Valley, CA; and Beers Contemporary, London, England. She has had a solo exhibition at Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn. She has completed residencies at Ortega y Gasset Projects, the Studios at Mass MoCA, Women’s Studio Workshop, Ox-Bow, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, and Chronogram Magazine.
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