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PARIS FLÂNERIE, Installed at Art Marbella, 2015
A Flânerie: Brett Day Windham
Curated by: Joel Kuennen

PALACIO DE FERIAS, CONGRESOS Y EXPOSICIONES DE MARBELLA Avda. José Meliá, 2
29600 Marbella
Málaga
Spain
July 30th, 2015 - August 2nd, 2015

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WEBSITE:  
http://marbellafair.com/
COUNTRY:  
Spain
EMAIL:  
info@marbellafair.com
OPEN HOURS:  
6-10:30 PM
TAGS:  
collage, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual

DESCRIPTION

ArtSlant is pleased to present Brett Day Windham at Art Marbella, a new fair in the Costa del Sol of Southern Spain. We will be exhibiting the works she completed during her time at the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency as well as a selection of her collage work. You can find us at booth A-03 at the Palacio de Congresos, Marbella, Spain. Art Marbella runs July 30th - August 3rd.

 

Brett Day Windham - Art Marbella

ArtSlant is pleased to present Brett Day Windham at Art Marbella, a new fair in the Costa del Sol of Southern Spain. We will be exhibiting the works she completed during her time at the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency as well as a selection of her collage work. You can find us at booth A-03 at the Palacio de Congresos, Marbella, Spain. Art Marbella runs July 30th - August 3rd.

BRETT DAY WINDHAM | www.brettdaywindham.com

Bio:

Brett Day Windham (born Cambridge, England, raised Providence, Rhode Island) is a multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, installation and collage. She received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD. Her work has been included in shows around the US, including Smack Mellon Brooklyn (New York), The Chace Center at the RISD Museum (Providence), Tompkins Projects West (Los Angeles), Cave (Detroit), Lu Magnus (NY), Brooklyn Fireproof (NY), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor), 808 Gallery (Boston), Samsøn Projects (Boston), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor), and RMCAD (Denver). Windham received a Dean’s fellowship at RISD, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant that same year. Residencies she has attended include The Georgia Fee/ArtSlant Residency in 2015 (Paris, France), The Select Fair Residency in 2014 (Brooklyn, New York), The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in 2013 (Norfolk, Virginia), TSKW in 2010 (Key West, Florida), Cascina Remondenca in 2009 (Chiaverano, Italy), and Penland in 2005 (Penland, North Carolina). Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Her Royal Majesty, The Dinner Party and The Bangor Daily News. In 2016, she will travel to Sicily to participate in Due South, a project commissioned by curator Marianne Bernstein, with the ensuing project presented at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Artist Statement:

I use color and composition to organize collections of natural, commercial and industrial remnants into multi-disciplinary works which confer a sense of feminism, mysticism and ritual. Specific sets of objects (as varied as discarded dime bags, broken earbuds, mussel shells, feathers, floor sweepings and bound and recycled magazines) hold totemic powers: I am interested in the anthropological stories they tell. Over time, I accumulate these materials from such varied sources as sidewalks, the floors of other artist's studios, or from nature: these time-based collections are then used as components for assembled sculptures, or are photographed, printed, hand-cut and manipulated for collages.

Project Description:

This suite of one large wall hanging, a map and eight collages was created during my ArtSlant/Georgia Fee Residency in Paris (January through March 2015). While in Paris, I researched the male archetype of Le Flâneur (the quintessential Baudelaire-ian wanderer, the philosophising dandy) but through the a female lens. I explored the city on walks each day as a modern-day Flâneuse, collecting found objects as I went. 

In the large wall piece, Tapestry, every object I collected during my two month tenure in Paris is grouped by color and hand-stitched onto three lengths of open poly/mesh fabric, creating a weightless effect. The work took four months to create: two months to collect in Paris, and two months to assemble back in New York. The large map that accompanies the Tapestry traces the line of each walk, and color-codes Paris' 20 arrondissements in relation to the colors of the objects I found. Each of the eight collages is unique, and they include salvaged magazine paper from Paris, found objects, gouache, pencil and glue on paper. Each was inspired by a woman I saw on my walks, and is named for the neighborhood where I saw her.