press release

BRIC Biennial

Curated by Elizbaeth Ferrer, Vice President, Contemporary Art, and Jenny Gerow, Assiatant Curator, BRIC; and Guest Curators Leslie Kerby and Fawz Kabra

In fall 2014 BRIC will launch a major new initiative, the BRIC Biennial. These exhibitions will present the work of emerging and mid-career visual artists working across artistic media, with each edition focusing on different areas of Brooklyn. The first Biennial this fall will survey artists based in downtown Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods, a fitting focus given the location of BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn at the edge of Fort Greene, traditionally, an important cultural center in Brooklyn. This exhibition series intends to demonstrate the rich wealth of talent to be found throughout Brooklyn.

Among the artists to be featured in the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition, are ruby onyinyechi amanze, whose large-scale works on paper have been influenced greatly by her cultural hybridity, as well as by textile design, photography, print-making and architecture. Scherezade Garcia, known for working with found objects, will create a major installation from copies of the Village Voice upon which she will reproduce an image of the sea. Jenna Spevack, an artist whose art practice is based in sustainable design, has created an audio installation that takes place in a reclaimed wood outhouse in the gallery. Vince Contarino’s paintings simultaneously embrace a graphic language in tandem with the gesture and materiality of abstraction.

ARTISTS: Fariba Salma Alam, Richard Baker, Katie Bell, Isak Berbic, Ben Thorp Brown, Youmna Chlala, Vince Contarino, Joe Diebes, Seth Michael Forman, Scherezade Garcia, Valérie Hallier, Nene Humphrey, Nina Katchadourian, Despo Magoni, Karyn Olivier, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Jenny Polak and Dread Scott, Eleanor Ray, Wendy Richmond, Niv Rozenberg, Jean Shin, Jenna Spevack, Daniel Terna, Penelope Umbrico, Daniel Wiener, and Martha Wilson.