BRIC presents Surface Matters, an exhibition of work by artists Véronique Gambier and Sarah E. Brook, in the Project Room from February 1-26, 2017, with an opening reception held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 7-9pm..
Curated by Brooklyn-based art collective 3walls, the show highlights the deep investment both artists put in the materials used to create their work—art that expresses rich emotional content, visual interest and aesthetic beauty. Through the use of varying media and dimension, their quiet, powerful works suggest vastness as well as disappearance, solitude as well as strength. Both Gambier and Brook are on BRIC’s Contemporary Artist Registry.
For her Aperture series, Véronique Gambier mixes her own paints, and, laying paper on the floor, creates her work from a single brushstroke—a continuous motion that produces a direct mark. Embracing an element of trust, with her kinetic mark Gambier both creates a portal and suggests intimate but forward movement and limitless motion through time and space.
Véronique Gambier, from her Aperture series
The intimacy of Sarah E. Brook’s work has been profoundly influenced by the vastness of the Nevada High Desert where she grew up. Her work is an exploration of the internal state of being, the inherent power, and even the surface textures generated by this immense, immersive environment. Brook’s installation Rise Early, Know This is made up of forms that evoke elements of the arid desert with its subdued palate, geological formations, empty expanses, and sun bleached severity. These elements simultaneously allude to the human impulse to build a protective shelter in order to inhabit this extreme environment.
Sarah E. Brook, Rise Early, Know This; site-specific installation at The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, NY; 2016
Surface Matters is curated by the Brooklyn-based art collective 3walls, which was founded in 2011 by Eliza Alsop, Whitney Carr, Bevin Cline, and Macon Jessop as a contemporary salon dedicated to exhibiting and promoting significant new work by emerging artists. By hosting pop-up shows in intimate settings, 3walls set out to create an atmosphere that encourages a dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists and patrons.
3walls said, “We thrilled to present the work of these two emerging artists, with their rich, compelling exploration of strength, solitude and vastness, to the BRIC audience.”
The Project Room at BRIC House is dedicated to work by emerging Brooklyn artists and curators who are interested in advancing their practice. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and Gallery and Project Room hours are Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm, and Sunday 12–6pm.
Surface Matters Artist Talk with Sarah E. Brook and Véronique Gambier
February 22, 2017 | 7pm | FREE w/ RSVP
Artists Sarah E. Brook and Véronique Gambier discuss their work in the Surface Matters exhibition and explore the importance of the process of merging the surface of canvas or paper with material.