Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning
On View: June 26 - Aug 18, 2019
BRIC’s Summer Exhibition Explores the Forms and Processes Related to Play
(BROOKLYN, APRIL 29, 2019) — BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn is proud to announce its summer group exhibition, Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning. On view from June 26 - August 18, 2019, the exhibition will explore the forms and processes related to play as a source of creative inspiration for contemporary artists. The exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ferrer and Jenny Gerow, includes the Brooklyn-based artists Chris Bogia, Damien Davis, Kat Chamberlin, Amanda Valdez, Julien Gardair, and Ronny Quevedo.
Traditionally seen as an activity of childhood, play is at the heart of artistic practice. Processes that inform play are similar to the processes often seen in an artist’s studio: making, taking apart and crafting back together, transforming space, and improvising. Bogia, Davis, Chamberlin, and Quevedo provide tools to embolden the viewer through the act of play to think differently about issues of gender, race, and class. Valdez and Gardair’s play with the materiality of paint and cloth instructs an awareness of the mutability of shapes and ideas. For all six artists, embracing the forms of childhood play that encourage experimentation, chance, failure, and humor provides a roadmap into better ways of being in the world.
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, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio and artist work spaces. 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.
In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences. BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.
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