Mary Mattingly: What Happens After

BRIC announces Mary Mattingly: What Happens After in the Gallery at BRIC House opens September 12, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm

Mary Mattingly: What Happens After

Gallery at BRIC House | Fort Greene

BRIC announces Mary Mattingly: What Happens After in the Gallery at BRIC House opens September 12, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, and remains on view from September 13 to November 11, 2018.

BRIC has commissioned activist artist Mary Mattingly to create a major new work, one that examines the connection between mineral mining and the massive military industrial complex; and its profound effects on the environment, individuals, and communities. With an expanding military economy and slow erosion of public services, this exhibition poses the question of what happens when our public spaces become more militarized.  A creatively transformed 19,000 pound military cargo truck at the center of the exhibition acts to turn the conversation outward toward reimagining a public life together through the use of objects with violent histories. The vehicle will be collaboratively redesigned by a group of nine performance artists into a platform for performance. The exhibition will also include sculpture and photography further informing the connections between the U.S. military, the environment, and mineral extraction.

In collaboration with the exhibition, a group of performance artists were invited to redesign a 10 x 10 ft. decommissioned military cargo truck into a platform for performance. During the design process they were asked: How can complex histories be told through collectively transforming objects in order to imagine other ways of working in the world? Performances by these artists, as well as many of the programs taking place in the month of October at BRIC House, will be staged on this vehicle.

Mary Mattingly is a Brooklyn-based visual artist best known for Swale, a floating food forest for New York. Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, and in the Havana Biennial, among many other institiutions. With the U.S. Department of State and Bronx Museum of the Arts she participated in the smARTpower project, traveling to Manila. In 2009 Mattingly founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space and self-sufficient habitat that hosted over 200,000 visitors in New York. Mattingly has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Yale University School of Art, the Harpo Foundation, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation. Her work has been featured in Aperture magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Rail, and the Village Voice; and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, WNBC, NY1, and on Art21's New York Close Up series.

A creatively transformed 19,000 pound military cargo truck is at the center of the exhibition


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.