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Contemporary Art Programs /

Opening Reception for Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning

An exhibition devoted to the exploration of the forms of childhood play that encourage experimentation, chance, failure, and humor as a process in contemporary art.


THU, JUN 27, 2019 | 7-9PM




Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Kat Chamberlin, Handstand I and II, 2018
Images courtesy of Wick Gallery

JOIN US AT THE OPENING RECEPTION on THUR, JUNE 27  from 7-9PM with music by DJ Boston Chery!

EXHIBITION ON VIEW June 27 - Aug 18, 2019



Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning is devoted to an exploration of forms of play as a process in contemporary art. Traditionally seen as an activity of childhood, for enjoyment and recreation rather than for serious or practical purpose, play is also at the heart of artistic practice.  Processes and values that inform play – making, taking apart and crafting back together, transforming space, and improvising – can be equally applied to the process of artistic creation in the studio. Serious intent, however, defines artists engaging in the realm of play.

Artists Chris Bogia, Damien Davis, Kat Chamberlin, and Ronny Quevedo provide tools to embolden the viewer through the act of play to think differently about issues of gender, race, and class. For Amanda Valdez and Julien Gardair, 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.

Join us at the opening reception to meet the artists, enjoy the work with wine and snacks, and listen to music by DJ Boston Chery, a "purveyor of deep, infectious, dance grooves, good vibes and freedom," as she spins all night.

Venue Information:

The 3,000 square-foot Gallery in BRIC House has soaring 18-foot ceilings that permit major exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists and curators. 

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