‘The Ripening’ to Open at Pen + Brush




Jovan C. Speller, Deeply Rooted, 2017, Van Dyke brown print, 8.5 x 8.5 inches

Pen + Brush is pleased to present its first exhibition of 2023, The Ripening curated by Parker Daley Garcia with Birdie Piccininni, opening February 16th and open to the public through May20th.  Loosely based on Édouard Glissant’s book of the same name, The Ripening puts forth a shared process, where trauma, fluidity, and choice intersect, as a way of exploring the state of identity, specifically, gendered (or lack thereof) identity today. Artists here explore various states of ‘otherhood’, pain, desire, and power as ways of self-actualizing identity. Much like the process of ripening, this exhibition blurs the realms of dream and reality as it explores the capacity and fluidity of gender to become and, indeed, unbecome. Works put forth here document and envision complexities of differences in our shared world. Multitudes are put forth, as are universal truths, while hedging toward a dynamic and unpredictable future.

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‘Isolation to Revolution/Rebirth to Dissent’ to open at Pen + Brush



Lola Flash, BLM Demo in Harlem from the series “syzygy, the vision” 2020; Photograph, dye sublimation print on metal; 24 x 36 inches

Pen + Brush will reopen its doors to the timely exhibition entitled, Isolation to Revolution/Rebirth to Dissent, bringing together the work of seven artists with a range of perspectives on reflection in this moment in time.

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Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century at Pen + Brush



Image credit: Suchitra Mattai, Shadow Land, 2019, gouache, watercolor, oil, acrylic, vintage needlepoint, Hindu comic, 30″ x 40″ x 1.50.” Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary, Denver, CO.

Women’s Work presents five global contemporary artists-activists who continue to expand the definition of women’s work and expose its complexity, nuance, and ever-evolving nature. Through dynamic art practices, they generously lend their intelligence, thoughtfulness, artistry and agency to reimagine women’s work as arts activism in the 21st century.

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