- Opening Reception Friday, November 9, 2012 6-10 pm; Closing reception and Holiday Art Sale Friday, December 7, 6-10 pm
Brooke Lanier: YOU ARE HERE
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Goldilocks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Artist-In-Residence Brooke Lanier. YOU ARE HERE will be on view from November 9, through December 7, 2012. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 9 from 6-9 pm.
For her spotlight solo exhibition at Goldilocks Gallery, Lanier created a series of paintings that examine the history implied in the structures of dilapidated and abandoned buildings. When things start to fall apart, you can see what they’re made of.
Lanier’s paintings address the history of place through various means. These highly physical compositions focus on the creation and destruction of derelict buildings. Sometimes making paint from the dust of bricks collected from abandoned lots in Fishtown, Lanier carefully paints each brick, then replicates the process of urban decay, scraping away the strata to reveal the history of the painting’s creation.
Touched by the destruction of her own home, in scenes of the exterior of Lanier’s apartment after an arsonist set it on fire, she attempts to find order in the chaotic piles of twisted rubble by analyzing them as somewhat Cubist entities. Paintings of sunlight filtering into abandoned rooms add a quiet sense of intimacy to the show. The unifying concept between these paintings is a person’s relationship to a place and time: Wherever you are, something has happened. Something is about to happen. You are here.
To view a complete Artist’s Statement, visit http://brookelanier.com/artist-statement/
Brooke Lanier earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art, where she spent her first year of graduate school studying in Rome, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown her work in Rome, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; and across the United States, most notably in The Smithsonian Institute’s S. Dillon Ripley Center and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Goldilocks Gallery is a complex that houses an art gallery, performance venue, and studio space for emerging artists-in-residence. Gallery hours are generally 12-6 pm. Please call 507-358-1596 for gallery attendant. In addition to the opening, there will be a closing reception and Holiday Art Sale from 6-9 on Friday, December 7th. Goldilocks Gallery is located at 723 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, above Morimoto Restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Basekamp.