Phoebe Grip, Effluvia (cicadas) (still) (2018)

BRIC is pleased to present Alchemy, an exhibition of work by seven Brooklyn-based artists dedicated to using unconventional materials as a means of generating conversations surrounding such issues as the body, gender, race, the environment, the diasporic experience, and materiality itself. The show is on view from June 28 through August 12, 2018, at BRIC House, home to Downtown Brooklyn’s largest contemporary art gallery. An opening reception will take place on June 27 from 7-9pm, and is free to the public.

This exhibition takes its name from the Western Medieval science based around purifying and transforming matter. Founded on the desire to convert common metals into silver or gold, alchemy promised a means of elevating the mundane into the realms of the spiritual and magical. Sourcing their materials from a world close at hand, these artists manipulate natural forms and found objects through labor-intensive processes, creating work that speaks to multivalent experiences. In these artists’ hands, a kind of alchemy is enacted, as ordinary matter undergoes creative transformation and endowed with new meaning, manifesting the potential for forms of illumination to be drawn out from the quotidian world around us.

Exhibition artists include Nicole Awai, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Borinquen Gallo, Phoebe Grip, Miatta Kawinzi, Anna Riley, and Kennedy Yanko.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-6pm; closed Mondays.
Admission is FREE.

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Alchemy continues at BRIC (647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn) through August 12, 2018.

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