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BRIC Announces Spring 2020 ArtFP Exhibitions

Jan 27, 2020 • 11:30 AM

BRIC Announces Spring 2020 ArtFP Exhibitions

Exhibitions Investigate Oppression Through Notions of
Identity, Urban Decay, and the Burden of Domesticity

Christie Neptune, video still from Performance 1 of Constructs and Context Relativity.

(BROOKLYN — January 27, 2020) — BRIC is pleased to announce the spring 2020 exhibitions by 2019-20 ArtFP artists Christie Neptune, Padma Rajendram, and Joey De Jesus. These artists represent three of the six artists selected to receive BRIC’s annual ArtFP commission, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to submit proposals that explore and expand the possibilities of their work. Selected artists receive honorariums and production fees for exhibition of their work in BRIC’s Project Room and Hallway spaces. Past recipients include Gail Biederman (2018-19), Johannah Herr (2018-19), Elizabeth Riley (2017-18), Nora Rodriguez (2017-18), and Chad Stayrook (2018-19), among others. 

Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity: Performance I
On View: February 20 - Apr 19, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7-9PM
BRIC Project Room

In BRIC’s Project Room, Christie Neptune brings together photography, video, and sculpture to recontextualize inanimate objects to investigate how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. Constructs and Context Relativity:Performance I is a series of works that seek to draw a deeper narrative of the hidden potential in absence.

The works included in Constructs and Context Relativity:Performance I were conceptualized from research and work that Neptune engaged in during her year-long residency in the NXTHVN Residency Program in New Haven, CT. Through the lens of an archeologist, Neptune conducted extensive research and heavily documented the architectural landscape of Dixwell, the neighborhood where the residency is based. She photographed vacant lots and properties and became intrigued by the role of “absence” and “presence'' in these spaces. Although unseen, these places share countless narratives: the building that was once there, the people who once visited, the function it once served. 

Constructs and Context Relativity:Performance I is critically aware of both self and subjectivity. Through this work, Neptune illuminates the personal and emotional aftermath of a society that disregards and delegitimizes those that endure the brunt of historically upheld supremacies. More information available here.

Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You
On View: February 20 - June 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7-9PM
BRIC Hallway

Padma Rajendran, Move Me With You, 2020. Courtesy of BRIC. 

In Move Me With You, Padma Rajendran presents an installation of dyed and printed fabric drawings that reveal layered stories, transitions, and retellings. Activating BRIC’s hallway exhibition space, the interactive installation questions the after-effects of constant migration on the interior and domestic life. 

Using silk, polyester, and organza, Rajendran plays with levels of opacity and sheerness to create forms that reference textile’s ability to demarcate space and establish identity and comfort. She explores unseen experiences and traces of labor that are lost to time and through consumption. This disintegration connects to cultural losses which accrue during migration. Through transformative storytelling, Rajendranweaves trans-cultural narratives that speak to the oppressive burden of domesticity. Historically, textiles 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?” Rajendran touches on the convenience of material as well as the emotional meaning embedded within objects. More information available here

Joey De Jesus: HOAX
On View: April 29 - May 31, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 2020 | 7-9PM
BRIC Project Room

Joey De Jesus, except from NOCT The Threshold of Madness (pg 58)

Transforming BRIC’s Project Room with swirling patterns of words, HOAX explores intersections of poetry, interactive technology, and mysticism. Joey De Jesus utilizes the structure of poetry in a performative, installation-based format that questions the intentions of power and sources of oppression. De Jesus applies aesthetic tenets of found, concrete, and sound poetics to create astrolabes, calendars, incantations, free-verse, lyric, and erasure poems. This installation is a living body of cosmological, mystic poetry, in which the artist creates an environment out of words, literally bringing thought into form as living text.

With their work, De Jesus utilizes the structure of poetry in a performative, installation-based format to question the intentions of power and sources of oppression. The title, HOAX, emphasizes how one must suspend rational thought in order to believe in a community-based world, despite willful sources of oppression. This exhibition is an attempt to explore the act of reading and writing theory as an ambitious physical, rather than purely cognitive, exercise. More information available here.

Christie Neptune has been included in group shows at VOLTA, The Rubber Factory,  A.I.R. Gallery, and Union Docs, all NY; and Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, NJ. She has been featured in publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Creator’s Project, Juxtapoz Magazine, and The Washington Post. Neptune is an alumni of More Art’s Engaging Artists Residency, The Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship, The Bronx Museum of The Arts: Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), and Smack Mellon studio residency through the New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship. She is a 2018 Artadia New York Finalist, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Recipient, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Recipient, MASS MoCA Asset 4 Artist Studio Artist in Residence, and the NXTHVN Studio Fellowship.

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.  

Joey De Jesus is a queer boricua/x from the Bronx living in Queens. They edit poetry for Apogee Journal and are currently developing Apogee's low-cost writers workshop with support from the Brooklyn Arts Council and New York Writers Coalition. De Jesus received a NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry with additional honors. Their forthcoming chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry include: Writing Voice in the Archive (UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, 2019), NOCT: The Threshold of Madness (The Atlas Review, 2019) and HOAX: Planisphere (The Operating System, 2020). Poem-objects have been installed and performed in Basilica Soundscape, the New Museum, and Artists Space. Poems have been published in Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bettering American Poetry, Black Rabbit Review, Brooklyn Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day feature.

BRIC ArtFP is an open call initiative led by BRIC’s Contemporary Art program, where local artists receive honorariums and production fees for exhibition of their work in BRIC’s Project Room or Hallway spaces. Recipients also receive assistance with development, installation, marketing, and more.

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. BRIC’s main venue, BRIC House, offers a public media center, major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist workspaces. BRIC’s acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park; groundbreaking media initiatives, including BRIC TV, BRIC Radio, and Brooklyn Free Speech; and renowned contemporary art exhibitions. BRIC also offers education and community-building programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn. 

Danellys Wong                  
Account Coordinator, Cultural Counsel