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Jennilie Brewster
We are our Stuff: Seeing from Above

 
DuPont II Gallery
January 14 - May 22, 2011

".. an installation that addresses the cyclical nature of energy and matter, from weather patterns to landfills to the 'stuff' with which we fill our lives."
- Susan J. Isaacs, PhD, Curator of Special Projects


Wilmington, Del. - 24 January 2011 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces the solo exhibition of New York artist Jennilie Brewster titled We are our Stuff: Seeing from Above. The exhibition is on view in the DuPont II Gallery from January 14, 2011 through May 22, 2011.  In this exhibition, Brewster creates an installation from donated and collected materials that surrounds the viewer from floor to ceiling in a swirling assemblage of identifiable materials that we use and discard from day to day. The artist will lead an informal gallery talk during the February 4 Art on the Town opening at 6:30 pm. The press is invited to attend. Please contact Sara Teixido, Director of Marketing and Communications for any further information.  Visit our website for a pdf download of the exhibition brochure at: http://thedcca.org/exhibit/we-are-our-stuff-seeing-above.
 
About the Exhibition                           
 

Jennilie Brewster
We are our Stuff: Seeing from Above, 2011
Donated and collected books, clothing, paper, and other used material objects
Site-specific installation for the DCCA, Photo by Carson Zullinger  


Jennilie Brewster

We are our Stuff: Seeing from Above

DuPont II Gallery

January 14 - May 22, 2011


In collaboration with Robert Prichard and working with a group of volunteers and students from the community, Brewster utilizes donated and collected materials to create an installation that addresses the cyclical nature of energy and matter, from weather patterns to landfills to the "stuff" with which we fill our lives. In her dramatic, swirling installation, Brewster investigates the intellectual versus the phenomenological-information that emerges out of rational and organized thought as opposed to that gained through the senses and direct experience. She does this by including objects that represent the everyday and objects that signify the intellectual. However, objects take on multiple levels of meaning. For instance, the installation includes a large number of books, ranging from novels to encyclopedias. Books encompass both aspects of our minds, the gathering of knowledge and information as well as the metaphysical, the parts of us that are about dreams, aspirations, even the spiritual. Brewster sets all of these objects-clothing, books, tossed email correspondence-against a painted background that includes visually moving forms and floating clouds. Layering paint, papers, objects, and books, Brewster suggests the complex systems of the universe. Viewers stand in the midst of this microcosm contemplating their place in the world and the complexity of a life caught between mundane objects and the power and majesty of nature. Brewster sees her work as emerging out of the nineteenth-century American landscape tradition and the later Abstract Expressionist movement. She comments on this installation and the desire to link the microcosm with the macrocosm and derive meaning from our lives: "The screen [of our lives] becomes a mirror for all of this . . . the vastness and fluidity of consciousness . . . and the desire to create meaning from this storm."

 

-Susan J. Isaacs, PhD

Curator of Special Projects
 

RELATED EVENTS

Jennilie Brewster discusses her exhibition

We are our Stuff: Seeing from Above

Gallery Talk / Art Loop Night

February 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM 


About the Artist___________________
 
 

Jennilie Brewster ( Brooklyn, NY)

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2009

- Mapping the Empty, Area Gallery, University of Southern Maine,

Portland, ME

2006

- Another Green World, Ward Center for the Arts, St. Paul's School,

Brooklandville, MD

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2009

- HORIZON: Poetics of the Post-Heroic Landscape , University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, ME

- Prospects: An Exploration of Mining, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

- Landscape and Memory, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2008

- AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH

- Post-Petroleum: Envisioning the Future of Suburban Space in

America, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

 

2007

- Whole Fragment, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

- Borderlands & Landscapes, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

 

2006

- Unimedia Modern Art, Genoa, Italy

- Denatured, Broadway Gallery, NY

 

2005

- Systematic, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

- Transubstantiation, Morsel, Brooklyn, NY

 

2004

- Because Cynicism Left Yesterday, Disjecta, Portland, OR

- Paper Construction, S1 Artspace, Williamsburg, NY

 

2003

- Wet, S1 Artspace, Williamsburg, NY

- Re-Interpreting Landscape, Office Ops, Brooklyn, NY

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES  

2010

- Artist-in-Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2009

- Artist-in-Residence, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

- Visiting Artist, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

2008

- Resident, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

2007

- Artist-in-Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha,NE

2006

- Elaine de Kooning Memorial Fellowship, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY

- Visiting Artist, St. Paul's School, Baltimore, MD

 

EDUCATION

2007

MFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2002

BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

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Guided Tours

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About the DCCA

The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures and tours. The DCCA provides individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison St. in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.

 

DCCA gallery hours are:

10 am - 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Noon - 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday

Admission is FREE

 

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The DCCA is wheelchair-accessible.  Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.

 

DCCA exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, through individual contributions; membersʼ support; major grants from AstraZeneca, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.

 

High resolution images available upon request.

 

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CONTACT

Sara Monserrat Teixido

Director of Marketing and Communications

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

200 South Madison Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

 

302-656-6466 x7110

steixido@thedcca.org


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