Reflecting on Center is not a particular point on earth independent curator Banyi Huang writes, "As ‘aliens’ whose survival is dependent on the endless demonstration of their distinction, immigrant artists and art workers are often propelled by linear vision,attachment to authorship, and even obsessive-compulsive control over one’s narrative. Therefore, these long, patient shots that fully reveal space and its inhabitants push back against hyperactivity, our limited understanding of productivity, and social constraints--they force me, the viewer, to detect small details, and be confronted with the relationship between space and place, the body and identity."
Activist and writer Andrea Nikté Juarez Mendoza responds to Tanika Williams’ Sanctuary: “I have your eyes / So in the mirror I stand / And I see you looking back at me / Your love is in the schoolbooks / And the good cooked food / I felt your embrace in the warmth of new blankets / And heard your footsteps as I walked in shoes you sent to me / I have seen you in all the ways / one sees without eyes / Knowing you have loved me in all the ways one loves without touch/ Together / we filled the gaps.”
Writer, artist, and farmer, Jah Elyse Sayers responds to Jonathan González's video The Smallest Unit Is Each Other reflecting on how the work "holds open a space for feeling out, thinking through, and beginning or renewing a commitment to experiencing ourselves, that is being, differently, by only ever being-with."
The recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is rooted in the systemic normalization of nationalism and xenophobia that seeks to destroy our vision of a better world. At BRIC, we celebrate our beloved community of artists, creators, teachers, neighbors and friends. We believe we are enriched by the diversity of this community and will raise our voice against those that believe otherwise.
With a career that spans over three decades, Michelle Segre is known largely for an improvisational form of sculpture. Her works, often created with such materials as yarn, paint, metal, and thread, represent a meeting of both accident and intent.
Kambui Olujimi is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. His work has included large-scale sculpture, painting, installation, photography, video, and performance. Olujimi is equally influenced by and often combines such abstract, scientific realms as cosmology, multiverses, physics, and quantum forces with the intimacy of mundane objects like vernacular photographs and hand-me down furniture.
Erwin Redl creates outdoor public installations through the repetition of light, movement, and color. His work is inspired by his upbringing in the Austrian countryside as well by such pioneering land artists of the American West as Walter De Maria and Nancy Holt, Redl is renewing and updating the land art tradition of transforming urban landscapes into works of art.
Nate Lewis is interested in excising invisible histories. He approaches his art through the diagnostic lenses of his former practice working as a critical care nurse for the last nine years. The artist uses repetition, patterns, and textures to mold his work across the different mediums he works in, which include cut paper as well as video and audio.
Christophe Roberts is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, painting, design, and installation work. His practice explores complex masculinities, rebel origin myths, and the commodification of identity through meditations on mass culture iconography.