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Solo Painting Exhibition: Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly Brooks

311 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210

A Solo Painting Exhibition

K I M B E R L Y   B R O O K S
“I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”

November 20 – *EXTENDED* to Jan 27

Artist Reception:
Nov 20, Thurs 6:00- 8:00 PM


San Antonio, TX — The Roosevelt Library and Alice Carrington Foultz are pleased to present “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak”, a solo exhibition of by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks. The exhibit will run from Nov 20, 2014 – Jan 14, 2015. The Gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, Nov 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In Brooks’ latest paintings series the viewer encounters a miasmic world of visual pleasures, from opulent clothing and architecture to hazy landscapes and portraits, all seen through her seductively decadent yet playfully loose brushwork. In keeping with her previous exhibition “I Notice People Disappear,” underlying this evocative imagery one encounters the psychology of desire, loss, and the uncanny.

In “I Have a King Who Does Not Speak” Brooks conjures and resurrects scenes and passages from a foreign place and time. Borrowing ancient imagery used to document presentations of wealth, historical events, Brooks twists images to appear at once familiar and strange. The viewer finds him or herself in an alternate universe. Scenes seems to come from a fever dream, as rooms careen out of control and ghostlike figures disintegrate into the backgrounds. Abstraction runs throughout the works, bending spaces, interrupting scenes with non sequitur brush marks, and transforming emblems of power into smaller paintings, as seen in “Family Tree” and “The Memory of Banquet”. As each painting teeters between abstraction and representation, going in and out of lucidity, Brooks’ work touches on her own understanding of how painters see and process the visual remnants of history. She uses this model as a keyhole to an alternate reality altogether. The challenge of this particular exhibition comes in part from confronting orientalism and the imagery of empire with the added filter and gaze of the contemporary artist. By warping familiar historical imagery in this manner, Brooks employs the remaining vessel as a means of accessing a subliminal past and in doing so opens a door to a world of her own creation.

Kimberly 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. Brooks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and Studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Born in New York, Brooks lives in Los Angeles and maintains her studio in Venice, CA. Curator Alice Carrington Foultz has been advising clients through her art advisory for over thirty years and stages exhibitions throughout the country.

Image: “Portrait of Forgotten Ancestor” 32 x 40 in. Oil on Linen 2013 Kimberly Brooks

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San Antonio Library to Host Pop-up Gallery

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As the Texas summer barrels down on us, Octavia Art Gallery has announced it will host a pop-up art show about the season, in collaboration with curator Alice Carrington Foultz, at the historic Roosevelt Library in San Antonio. The show is called Summer Solstice and it brings together work from artists represented by Octavia Gallery as well as work by local San Antonio artists. “Each of these works conveys some aspect of light or shade,” said Foultz. “These artists have captured the stillness of hot summer afternoons or the coolness of swimming pools, green golf courses, and forest canopies. Abstractions of blue water also find their way into the mix.”

Martha Hughes, Timelapse Marfa Series (0582 – Austin Window, 1980), 2006, Acrylic on panel, 3 panels: 9 x 12 inches each

Martha Hughes, Timelapse Marfa Series (0582 – Austin Window, 1980), 2006, Acrylic on panel, 3 panels: 9 x 12 inches each

The show will feature paintings and sculptures by Wayne Amedee, Waddy Armstrong, Jerry Cabrera, Rudy Choperena, Caio Fonseca, Meghan Gerety, Alex Hernandez Dueñas, Martha Hughes, Jorge Pardo, Regina Scully and Eliza Thomas.

It runs from May 13 through August 13.
311 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78210
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Also of note, the New Orleans-based Octavia Gallery recently opened up a space in Houston.


Octavia Art Gallery

The Octavia Art Gallery recently hosted a gathering to launch its pop-up art show in collaboration with curator Alice Carrington Foultz at the historic Roosevelt Library in San Antonio. The show will run through August 13 and the exhibition curated by Foultz, Summer Solstice, combines the works of artists represented by the gallery, as well as several local San Antonio artists.

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Summer Solstice Show Roosevelt
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Recently named Best Gallery in Louisiana by American Art Awards, New Orleans-based Octavia Gallery showcases modern masters alongside emerging and established artists from around the world, with an emphasis on Cuba. Set to open this month, the gallery’s Houston outpost will focus on forging relationships with Texas artists while providing members of Octavia’s international roster a platform in the Lone Star State. Offering a taste of the gallery’s unique curatorial slant, the pop-up exhibition “Summer Solstice” features paintings and sculptures by nine artists including SA’s own Waddy Armstrong, Jerry Cabrera and Rodolfo Choperena. Curated by Alice Carrington Foultz, the group show explores the balance between light and shade via works capturing forest canopies, golf courses, swimming pools and hot summer afternoons.

Summer Solstice

“Summer Solstice”