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Brookie Maxwell
updated: 11/06/2010
website: www.gallery138.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Storm Stories Project
Study for Storm Stories II
Study for Storm Stories II
Study for Storm Stories IV
Study for Storm Stories IV
Instillation Photo of Due Dilligence and Our Lady of Nymata
Our Lady of Nymata (detail)
Hope for the Future
Instillation View of Uchida Room
Kabisa Kabisa / True! Study 12
Exodus
Study for Exodus I
Taxi!
Taxi!
Taxi!
 
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Storm Stories Project by Brookie Maxwell
Storm Stories Project
Caran D'ache Crayon on Cold Press Paper with Video Projections
2010
Dimensions variable
Study for Storm Stories II by Brookie Maxwell
Study for Storm Stories II
Caran D'ache Crayon on Cold Press Paper
2010
14 " x  18 " 
Study for Storm Stories II by Brookie Maxwell
Study for Storm Stories II
Caran D'ache Crayon on Cold Press Paper with Video Projections
2010
Dimensions variable
Study for Storm Stories IV by Brookie Maxwell
Study for Storm Stories IV
Caran D'ache Crayon on Cold Press Paper
2010
14" x  18" 
Study for Storm Stories IV by Brookie Maxwell
Study for Storm Stories IV
Caran D'ache Crayon on Cold Press Paper with Video Projections
2010
14 " x  18 " 
Instillation Photo of Due Dilligence and Our Lady of Nymata by Brookie Maxwell
Instillation Photo of Due Dilligence and Our Lady of Nymata
Text etched on steel machetes; Cast Skeleton
2008
Dimensions variable
Our Lady of Nymata (detail) by Brookie Maxwell
Our Lady of Nymata (detail)
paper, ink, tar, cast skeleton, myrtle wood, in glass coffin
2008
27 " x  30 "  x 7 " 
Hope for the Future by Brookie Maxwell
Hope for the Future
Caran D'ache Crayon on Vellum
2009
36" x  60" 
Instillation View of Uchida Room by Brookie Maxwell
Instillation View of Uchida Room
Caran d’ache, ink, and watercolor on paper, photographs, vintage postcards, ATM sign, currency, and playing cards, with video
2009
11" x  10"  x 12" 
Kabisa Kabisa / True! Study 12 by Brookie Maxwell
Kabisa Kabisa / True! Study 12
Caran d’ache on Canford Imperial Paper
2009
20 " x  30 " 
Exodus by Brookie Maxwell
Exodus
Caran d’Ache on birch panels
2006
144" x  84" 
Study for Exodus I by Brookie Maxwell
Study for Exodus I
Caran d’Ache on toille
2007
27" x  28" 
Taxi! by Brookie Maxwell
Taxi!
Caran d’Ache on toille
2006
17" x  23" 
Taxi! by Brookie Maxwell
Taxi!
Caran d’Ache on toille
2006
17" x  23" 
Taxi! by Brookie Maxwell
Taxi!
Caran d’Ache on toille
2006
17" x  23" 

Artist Statement

My body of work includes visual art, theater, dance, video and sound. My explorations within these media and a collaborative relationship with nature inform and inspire my work. Congolese culture is a profound influence in my work. In Congolese traditions, human rhythms are tied to the rhythms of nature: seasons of life, death and rebirth.

I begin with the bare bones of a story: an experience that haunts me. Words follow in the form of poems and dialogue. I create the images by staging and directing improvisational tableaux with professional and non-professional performers. My work process involves directing live models, taking photographs as reference, and drawing studies on the way to completing large-scale drawings. On site interviews during the staging are used for live and videotaped monologues.

I’m interested in the chaos of the narrative, how we tell our stories. We live our lives in a nonlinear fashion, building a house and tearing it down at the same time. Memories float to the surface, mixed with dreams hopes and fears. We are constantly rewriting the past to create our own mythology. The large-scale paintings deal with the mythology surrounding an event. The multi-media facets explore the chaos surrounding the story.

Points of reference for my process are the postmodern work of Beckett -in play form and Cunningham, -in dance. Both artists established postmodern form by initiating thoughts and actions and interrupting every thought or action with another thought before completion. The work progresses in spite of itself; the story rises to the surface in non- linear form.

I create work using the choreographic modalities behind the organizing principles of African American musical tradition. As described by C. Daniel Dawson and Robert Farris Thompson,
these principles include dominance of percussive performance style, polyrhythmic meter, overlapping call and response, inner pulse control, suspended accentuation patterning, and social allusion contained in the work.

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 Exodus, The Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA

2008 Hope at the Door, Casa Verro, NY, NY

2006 Innocent When You Dream, Gallery 138, NY, NY
Between Us, LaGuardia College, NY, NY

2004 Gestures From a Woman’s Life, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY

2003 Fear No Evil, Saint Peter’s, NY, NY
Celebrate Life, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY

2000 Streets Are My Kingdom, Gallery 138, NY, NY

1997 Deep Water, DFN Gallery, NY, NY
Thursday’s Child, Puffin Room, NY, NY
Thursday’s Child, The Edwin Gould Foundation, NY, NY
Building America, Dance Space, NY, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 If It Ain’t Broke, Gallery 138, NY, NY

2006 Figure in American Painting & Drawing, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME

2005 RAPSIDA Benefit/Auction, Gallery 138, NY, NY
Desire Submerged into the Earth, Gallery 138, NY, NY

2004 Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge Benefit, Brent Sikkema Gallery, NY, NY
Brown V. Board of Education, Gallery 138, NY, NY
Wishing You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY

2003 Desire: Rapture, Gallery 138, NY, NY

2002 Desire & the Hurricane, Gallery 138 at the Annex, NY, NY
Postcards, A.I.R Gallery, NY, NY
Elements of Peace, Gallery 138, NY, NY
The Changing Face of Harlem, Fire Patrol No.5 Gallery, NY, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, NY, NY

2001 The Museum of Unspoken Desire, Gallery 138, NY, NY
Xtreme Xteriors, Gallery X, NY, NY
Lucky Draw, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY
The Politics of Racism, The Hudson Guild, ABC No RIO, and Fire Patrol No.5, NY, NY

2000 In-Sites VI: Making Our City Livable, Henry Street Settlement, NY, NY
Summer Show
, DFN Gallery, NY, NY

EDUCATION

B.F.A. 1977 Media School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1977 Post-Graduate Studies with Milton Glaser

AWARDS AND PRESS

2010 Participation in U.S. Art in Embassies program

2008 Honorable Mention, The Freedom to Create Prize, Art Venture, Singapore and London
2008 Night Shift, The New York Times, Interview by Michelle Agins, New York, NY

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST