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Periodically, we invite well-known artists and arts professionals to create a Short List of some of their favorite artists in the BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry. Here, Rhia Hurt, Director of Brooklyn Art Space puts together her Short List of artists.

My theme is centered around how the seven artists selected interrupt the viewer's expectations of 'art space' by transforming and re-contextualizing their chosen materials. These artists make artworks which interpret contemporary social, urban, and natural structures and translate them into unique visual languages.

Maria Britton subverts traditional painting by choosing bed sheets to use as a surface as well as a symbolic and sculptural element to the work.

Hong Seon Jang builds structures out of zip ties and magazines informed by cities and natural phenomenon such as wave formations and fungus growth.

Andrea Lilientahl re-contextualizes natural materials into art objects by cutting and painting birch saplings and thorny branches.

Amanda C. Mathis deconstructs home interiors to reveal history before demolition. The resulting site-specific works show beautifully textured layers of pattern, construction materials, architecture and time.

Alison Owen interacts with spaces by altering the walls and floors with simple, discarded materials found nearby. Owen constructs engaging designs through her work and attention to the details of the specific location of her installations.

Karyn A. Olivier uses public spaces to "investigate social interactions with familiar objects." Through projects like "ACA Foods Free Library," Olivier creates a scenario where the public unexpectedly finds books nestled between items at a West Indian grocery store.

Frank Zadlo combines molded cement forms with found and reclaimed objects such as wooden beams and rusted steel strips or green bubble wrap. Zadlo re-frames segments of industrial artifacts into formal and conceptual works of art. - Rhia Hurt  


Rhia Hurt is a painter who currently lives and works in NYC. She received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. She has since shown in California and New York. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States. In addition to her art studio practice, Hurt is also the Director of Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery, an arts organization in Brooklyn, NY.