Brooklyn-based Rita Leduc is a multimedia artist who uses installation, photography, collage, and drawing to examine the impact of place. Taking a democratic approach in her selection of location, each series embodies what the artist refers to as the “sensorial fingerprint” of each space. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in such places as Trestle Gallery, Public Access Gallery, and The Skirt, all Brooklyn; Wells College, Aurora, NY; and the Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Art, Nizhny Tagil, Russia, among others. She has held residencies across the country, and is currently an adjunct professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and at Ramapo College.
Throughout the week leading up to his performance at the Bandshell, Nigerian-born artist, musician, and activist Laolu worked on an original painting, commissioned by BRIC and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Over the course of several days, Laolu and his team created and painted the piece, which is now on display by the BRIC Info Tent at the Bandshell. Come by to see this amazing painting at the next BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival show.
Now in its fourth year, the BRICworkspace Visual Artist Residency program gives visual artists the space, resources, and support to take their work further and explore new directions.Katya Grokhovsky, a Ukraine-born, Brooklyn-based, multidisciplinary artist who explores themes of migration, female experience, and matriarchal lineage, is currently one of those artists-in-residence.
Hallie Ayres, who is currently assisting BRIC’s Contemporary Art program, recently visited Katya at her residency studio to learn more about her current projects.
Brooklyn-based Taiwanese artist Hai-Hsin Huang works in painting and drawing to express life's underlying banalities and absurdities. Through a lens of humor, she interprets her own experiences of cross-cultural migration in an effort to unearth the ridiculousness and hedonism inherent in human interaction. Her most recent body of work, A Museum Show (2016-2017), focuses on the experience of major cultural institutions, where museum patrons are equally as compelling as works of art on display. This summer, Huang is an artist-in-residence at PILOTENKUECHE in Leipzig, Germany.
Hallie Ayres, who is currently assisting BRIC's Contemporary Art program, recently conducted an interview with the artist.
For Nels Cline, home is where the guitars are. "I have about a billion guitars here," he says of his Brooklyn home, where he's relaxing for a day in between gigs. And not just any gigs—Nels just returned from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and will soon be on a plane to Tokyo.
He will be back in Brooklyn soon enough, headlining a show at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on August 5. Unpredictable folk revivalist Sam Amidon will open the show and Nels will perform songs from his 2016 album Lovers, an instrumental double-disc of originals and re-arranged versions of "Great American Songbook" standards. Learn more about Nels in this blog post!
Food options in Downtown Brooklyn just got elevated. Way elevated. The new DeKalb Market Hall, located in the City Point building in Downtown Brooklyn, boasts a high-end, artisanal food court experience, featuring over 40 vendors including iconic New York names such as Katz's Delicatessen, Ample Hills Creamery, Arepa Lady, Fletcher's BBQ, and more. Given the focus on the local food scene, highlighting a diverse group of local, Brooklyn-based visual artists became very important. BRIC is proud to have worked with City Point and Anna Castellani, the co-founder of Foragers in Brooklyn, who helped to create the new food hall, in the creation of several murals within the Market space. Here's some information about the new murals and artists involved, Tatiana Arocha, Cern, and Olalekan Jeyifous.
The fifth year of the Emmy-nominated Media Share grant program kicked off in May with 11 new non-profit organizations – all excited to learn new skills and become media makers!
The Media Share program is a unique, in-kind grant program designed to help selected Brooklyn nonprofit organizations learn how to create and share media that moves their mission forward. Grantees first take custom classes in the BRIC Media Center and then are paired with a Producing Mentor for additional training sessions. The mentors assign “homework” projects and collaborate with the grantee teams on a final PSA-style project. This year, we welcome four new Producing Mentors, eager to begin working alongside their assigned nonprofits in the coming months.
How we perceive ourselves, visually and mentally, is integral to our sense of personal identity. The artists in this exhibition all in some way deal with issues of identity, and the overarching presence of tradition, but this is not to say that they are all analogous. What art provides is a series of strategies, with varying choices such as of medium, figurative (or non-figurative) mode, or collaborative or individual practice. With such a vast array of practical considerations there are a multitude of possible outcomes. What makes this collection coherent and significant is that despite the works visual, and sometimes phenomenological, differences, there is a discernable common effort to either break down the presumed canon, establish new understandings of representation and identity to replace old ones, or both.
Get to know Lia Camille Crockett, the Associate Producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, with this Q&A!
"I was excited by the opportunity to work with such diverse artists and not be stuck in one genre or scene. I also appreciate how committed this Festival is to being accessible to all people, which is really important to me. Traditions can develop around these types of long-running annual events, which become seeped into people's memories and culture. I find that really special."
It’s BRIC first ever B Free Awards! We decided it was time to celebrate what makes Brooklyn Free Speech Television programming unique, original, momentous, and AWESOME. Take a trip down memory lane with us!