Saturday, September 8, 2012

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn Announces the 2012-13 Exhibition Season at BRIC Rotunda Gallery


BROOKLYN, NYBRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn announces its 2012-2013 contemporary art exhibition season, opening September 12, 2012 at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. This season is particularly significant, as BRIC will relocate all of its programs in 2013 to the organization's new permanent home at BRIC Arts | Media House at 647 Fulton Street, with opening events in fall 2013. In celebration of the organization’s 20-year history at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, this season will highlight foundational elements of visual art, examining such media as sculpture, painting, photography, and design within a contemporary context.
Leslie Schultz, BRIC’s President, remarked: “This season has been organized to celebrate Brooklyn’s most enduring contemporary art program and BRIC Rotunda Gallery, our beloved home since 1993. The range of shows will provide the perfect springboard for the ambitious new programming we have planned for BRIC Arts | Media House, where our new 3,000 sq. ft. gallery will be an anchor in Downtown Brooklyn.”
Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art, commented: “By the end of this year, we will have mounted nearly 120 shows at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and in our overall history, have presented the work of some 1,600 contemporary artists. At this moment when we are intensely planning for our permanent space at BRIC House, we thought it would also be interesting to look back, at fundamental aspects of the visual arts that have informed our exhibition program throughout our history.”
The season will be curated by an exciting array of emerging and established voices in contemporary art and will feature over 40 artists, primarily Brooklyn-based.
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn Contemporary Art Exhibition
Season Dates and Descriptions:
8 Artists Making Sculpture: The 5th Annual Registry Exhibition
September 13 – October 27, 2012
(Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 12, 2012)
Guest curated by Jamie Sterns
Each year, BRIC presents an exhibition of promising, emerging artists selected exclusively from its online Contemporary Artist Registry, the oldest and largest registry of Brooklyn’s visual artists. This, the fifth edition of the Registry show, will focus on artists pursuing a wide array of three-dimensional formats, and whose work acts to transform and activate the physical space around them. By affecting the surrounding environment, these works impact the viewer’s understanding of the space and the object itself, making the sense of scale and gravity compressed, expanded or dissolved. Guest curator Jamie Sterns also calls attention to the fact that sculpture is a form of art that requires direct, first-hand exposure; its dimensionality makes it not fully translatable in the digital age.
Artists Include: Arielle Falk, Jamie Felton, MaryKate Maher, Abraham McNally, Jong Oh, Carolyn Salas, Ian Umlauf, Matthew C. Wilson.
On Purpose: Art & Design in Brooklyn, 2012
November 15 – December 21, 2012
(Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 14, 2012)
Guest curated by Risa Shoup
BRIC has had a rich history of mounting exhibitions in such design disciplines as architecture, urban planning, and product and graphic design. Since the last design-focused show at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in 2000, Brooklyn has emerged as a center for innovative design, where pioneering projects are both developed and produced. The borough is also a destination for today’s most innovative thinkers. In that vein, On Purpose will feature inspiring work from Brooklyn-based designers, architects, and visual artists working across disciplines on projects that address the environmental challenges of contemporary urban living. All of the work featured in the exhibition will combine a focus on sustainability with a desire for beauty in our social, domestic and professional spaces. Guest curated by Risa Shoup, recognized by ArtInfo as among “The Art World’s Most Influential Young Figures,” the exhibition will emphasize how diverse creative voices can work together to build community and imagine solutions to local urban planning issues.
Artists and Collaboratives Include: 596 Acres, Amy Beecher, FreelandBuck, Claudia Paneca, Rosa Ruey, Rob Stephenson, R. Justin Stewart, and Thread Collective.

Read the complete announcement (7 page PDF)