K I M B E R L Y B R O O K S Fever Dreams
- KIMBERLY BROOKS Fever Dreams
- September 27-December 6, 2018
- ARTIST RECEPTION:
- Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 4-6pm
Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery
1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, Ca 91789
Daytime: Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Evening: Tuesday, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Saturday: October 6, November 3, and December 1, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
- Free and open to the public
The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery is pleased to present Fever Dreams,a solo
exhibition featuring new and small works spanning the career of Los Angeles-based
artist KIMBERLY BROOKS, curated by FATEMEH BURNES. A poetry reading event will take
place at the artist reception on September 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The event will feature
Los Angeles Poets who have used Brooks’ work as inspiration. Additionally artist Kimberly
Brooks will be present to sign the accompanying exhibition book, Fever Dreams.
Brooks’ latest exhibition,Fever Dreams, will feature new paintings alongside smaller
past works that span the last fifteen years of her career. The newer large paintings
continue the narrative of ancient landscapes along with magical gold and silver doorways
as an entry into an altered universe. In the large triptych “Through the Looking Glass”
Brooks features an inception-like image of a landscape within another painting of
a landscape. In “Jerusalem Church”, a vibrant mosaic on silver dances next to and
on top of a loose underpainting and geometric floor. In the diptych, “Evergreen”,
a vase-strewn ledge overlooks an ancient forest as if peering from a balcony within
a tapestry. Appropriately, scenes depicted on these canvases seem to come from a fever
dream, and the palpable tension between abstraction and representation continues in
her work. This is in marked contrast to her early work, where Brooks depicted light
as she saw it, reflected in pools and on the figure in shows such as “Mom’s Friends”
and “Technicolor Summer” from which many of the earlier studies come. Curiously, whether
because of the small scale or medium of watercolor, gouache and oil, the looseness
and abstraction in these studies, never before seen in public, have a much stronger
connection to the new larger paintings than the works they were intended to anticipate.
The juxtaposition of these two bodies from different times periods expose a foreshadowing
and offers a first-hand look into the creative process of a painter as she wrestles
with intention and acquiesces to the material and her imagination.
Kimberly Brooks is an American painter. Her work blends figuration and abstraction
to focus on subjects related to memory, reality, history, representation, and identity.
Brooks’ work has been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions including curators
from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of
the Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As an artist she was recently featured
by the National Endowment for the Arts.
MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE ART GALLERY
From its inception in 1954, our Gallery program has consistently complemented this
enduring process by presenting traditional and contemporary art in fluid and dynamic
presentations that nurture pluralist values and traditions and addresses a multitude
of multicultural issues and concerns. With the support of our campus community, the
Art Gallery team has been able to advocate and stimulate a general interest in art
through special programs and events, making these exhibitions readily accessible to
the widest possible audience.
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