BRIC Biennial: Volume III, South Brooklyn Edition
With the BRIC Biennial: Volume III, South Brooklyn Edition, BRIC continues to dedicate its Biennial to emerging and mid-career artists of exceptional creativity who are based in a specific region of Brooklyn, highlighting the significance of the borough as a place where artists create work and develop their careers.
This third iteration of the BRIC Biennial presents artists living and working in South Brooklyn—the archaic and nebulous term for that area of the borough including the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge. This region of Brooklyn, which encompasses long-established residential neighborhoods, thriving industrial zones, and areas undergoing rapid gentrification, is also among the city’s most diverse, with thriving Latino and Asian communities in Sunset Park. The BRIC Biennial: Volume III includes partnerships with more venues and institutions than any before, with five satellite exhibitions in conjunction with the exhibition at locations across South Brooklyn, including at Green-Wood Cemetery, La Bodega, NARS Foundation, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Trestle Gallery, with a curated project by An/Other presented in the Project Room of BRIC House.
During this time of political turmoil, the 2019 BRIC Biennial offers a look at how artists envision “The Impossible Possible.” Rather than reflecting our current state of affairs, their work looks inward, whether reflecting the sphere of the personal or some alternate reality. Some artists create fantastical beings or environments, conjuring spaces beyond the here and now, whether to suggest utopian or dystopian ways of being. Others work with materials in unconventional ways as a means of rethinking gender and racial binaries, or to push against norms of painting and sculpture. Some look to remove themselves, to some degree, from the current social system, focusing instead on overlooked and undervalued communities and the values they embody. Throughout these strategies, these artists express the need to question the status quo, as they seek new models of working and existing outside of our current social and political system.
Artists featured in the exhibition at BRIC House include: Eleanna Anagnos, Bobby Anspach, Laura Bernstein, Sarah E. Brook, Liz Collins, Katya Grokhovsky, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Las Hermanas Iglesias (Lisa and Janelle Iglesias), Vera Iliatova, Myeongsoo Kim, Rachel Klinghoffer, Qiana Mestrich, Levan Mindiashvili, Jordan Nassar, Gustavo Prado, Yi Xin Tong, Frank Wang Yefeng, Dale Williams, and Quay Quinn Wolf.
Curatorial advisors for the BRIC Biennial III include Eriola Pira, Jesse Firestone, Will Hutnick, Sarah Simpson, and Connie Kang and Danielle Wu of An/Other.