Summer is here, and we have seven wonderful visual artists in-residence at BRIC House, and just down the street at 505 State Street, our satelitte residency space. Learn more about our newest BRICworkspace artists and visit their open studios during our OPEN HOUSE/OPEN STUDIOS event on August 1 from 6-9PM.
Born in El Salvador, Óscar Díaz works with photography, digital media, installations, and other mediums to explore the Salvadoran diaspora and their own experience as a refugee. Their work is grounded in research and relies on family archives and on videos and photographs found on the Internet. During their BRICworkspace residency, Díaz plans to work on several projects ranging from artwork exploring queer narratives and the first gay club in San Salvador to an exploration of their father’s home movie archive. Díaz has had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San José, Costa Rica. They have been part of group exhibitions at the Queens Museum and the Knockdown Center, both in Queens, NY; Espacio Intermedial for The International Film Festival of San Salvador; Western Regional Museum, Santa Ana, El Salvador; and the X Central American Biennial, Costa Rica. (E.M.)
Born in Queens and based in Brooklyn, Oasa DuVerney makes drawings for protest. These works use allegorical and natural imagery to confront cultural networks and hierarchies; immersing the viewer in the complexities of otherness through images adapted from the natural and political landscape. During her BRICworkspace residency, DuVerney will focus on humor and satire as tools for dismantling white patriarchal supremacy. DuVerney received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her MFA from Hunter College, both in NY. She has exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 601 Artspace, all in NY; and Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Five Myles Gallery, both in Brooklyn; among others. DuVerney has completed residencies at Smack Mellon, Rush Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).
Shanti Grumbine in an interdisciplinary artist who works with sculpture, collage, drawing, and printmaking in order to closely examine everyday items and understand the elements that contribute to their perceived value. Her most recent work incorporates broken and rusted objects found during walks, which she recreates into large-scale sculptures. This project, which Grumbine will be continuing during her BRIC residency, memorializes fleeting moments of discovery. Grumbine received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has had solo exhibitions at Smack Mellon, and A.I.R. Gallery both in Brooklyn; the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; among others. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dorsky Gallery, and Field Projects, all in NY; among others. Grumbine has previously completed residencies at the Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program, Roswell, NM, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY and The Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. (E.M.)
Born in Los Angeles and now Brooklyn based, Jeila Gueramian is a multidisciplinary artist who combines repurposed textiles and technology to create large-scale worlds that invite viewers to engage and become lost. The materials that Gueramian uses also have a history and meaning behind them, encouraging further exploration. Gueramian received her BFA from the Otis College of Art and Design, LA. Her large-scale installations have been exhibited at Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; among others. She has had solo exhibitions at Automatic Studios, Brooklyn; and Allegra LaViola Gallery, NY; and has been featured in group exhibitions at LABspace, Hillsdale, NY; and the Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA. Gueramian has participated in residencies at Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; and Listhus, Olafsfjorur, Iceland. (B.R.)
Born in South Korea and now based in New York, Gyun Hur is an interdisciplinary artist and an educator who works across media, from installations, performances, and public art, to smaller-scale works on paper. Hur moved to Georgia at the age of 13 from South Korea and her experience as an immigrant daughter growing up in the South has deeply influenced her artistic practice. Hur is known for her signature carpet-like floor installations comprised of hand-shredded silk flowers. Much of her work uses gestures of collecting and processes of methodical destruction and recreation to examine memories, place, labor, and loss. Her residency at BRIC will allow her to experiment with a series of line drawings she started while recently living in Hong Kong that question her sense of “home” and belonging as an Asian diaspora. Hur received her BFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. She has had solo exhibitions at Get This! Gallery, Atlanta, GA; the Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA; mosnart, Chicago, IL; and Flash Atöly, Izmir, Turkey. She has been part of group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (forthcoming) and Dillion + Lee, both NY; the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, both in Atlanta, GA; and Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada. Hur was awarded residencies at the Pratt Institute, NY; Danspace Project, NY; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and Artadia, Brooklyn, among others. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design. (M.F.)
Emily Oliveira is a multidisciplinary artist who work involves craft materials and processes including textiles, beadwork, and embroidery. She explores labor and its relationship to queerness, latinidad, and mourning, while also referencing the themes of repression of female autonomy and desire. During her residency at BRIC, Oliveira plans to work on a series of large silk paintings that she will hand-embroider with sequins and beads. She will gather inspiration from interviews with members of the queer community in Brooklyn, ultimately creating an intergenerational index that will populate paintings of a “queer-utopian necropolis.” 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 and Ars Nova, both in NY; A.I.R Gallery, Governors Island, NY; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. (E.M.)
Born in Shahroud, Iran, and now Brooklyn-based, Nooshin Rostami is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly with sculpture, performance, and installations. Her work addresses the relationship between paradoxical notions such as stability and uncertainty. Rostami creates landscapes of free-flowing forms juxtaposed with geometric structures that she then embodies during her performances by creating a dialogue between body, object, and space. While at BRIC, she will be working on a video and sculpture installation addressing her unsettled journey as an immigrant.
Rostami received her BFA from the University of Art in Tehran and her MFA from Brooklyn College. She has had solo performances at NARS Foundation, Tiger Strikes Asteroids Gallery, and Grace Exhibition Space, all in Brooklyn; Flux Factory, NY; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; among others. Her work has been part of group shows at NARS Foundation, the ArtSlope Festival and Eyebeam, all in Brooklyn; as well as The Dineen and Hull Gallery, Jersey City, NJ. Rostami has completed residencies at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn; and the Artel Residency, Pune, India. (E.M.)
Biographies compiled by:
E.M. = Elizabeth Maghakian | M.F. = Michelle Fikrig | B.R. = Brianna Recchia |