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New Exhibition "Fertile Ground"

Brown University - David Winton Bell Gallery

Wednesday • September 11

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New exhibition features distinctive depictions of the body in nature

August 31‒November 3, 2019

Providence, RI… The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University is presenting Fertile Ground, an exhibition of work by María Berrío, Zoë Charlton and Joiri MinayaThe artists’multimedia collages vividly depict bodies enveloped by nature, juxtaposing the cultivated garden with the wild and the real with the surreal. While the artists’ practices and perspectives are unique, they each engage with issues of culture, identity, power, ownership and freedom.

On view August 31 through November 3, 2019, Fertile Ground presents aesthetically and conceptually layered works to explore the relationship between the body and landscape and challenge romantic tropes with powerful personal, cultural and political narratives.

Berrío, Charlton and Minaya all reference the land where they grew up—Bogotá, Colombia; Tallahassee, Florida; and the Dominican Republic, respectively—to examine a gendered personification of nature and historic conquest and colonization of societies and the natural landscape. The use of mixed media is also significant to each artist as a way of making and a way of seeing by layering, attaching, ripping, wrapping and building. Their studies of complex issues reveal contradiction, artifice and disjuncture.

About David Winton Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery, a program of the Brown Arts Initiative, is Brown University’s contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the University's permanent art collection. The Gallery hosts four to five exhibitions each year with an emphasis on contemporary works by artists who address important issues of our time.

Broadly concerned with the presentation of exemplary work by artists living today, the Gallery takes pride in showing artwork irrespective of media, content or subject and makes special efforts to support and show the work of emerging or under-recognized practitioners. Alongside the contemporary arts, the Gallery also makes use of its art historical collections, programming exhibitions on the arts and culture of the last five centuries. The Gallery maintains a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art, dating from the 16th century to the present, with particularly rich holdings in contemporary art and works on paper.

Founded in 1971, the Gallery is named in memory of David Winton Bell, a member of the Brown University class of 1954. It is housed in the Albert and Vera List Art Building designed by internationally renowned architect Philip Johnson, that also includes classrooms, lecture halls and extensive studio space. Free and open to the public, the Gallery is open Monday–Wednesday and Friday 11 am–4 pm;

Thursday 1–9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday 1–4 pm, and is located at 64 College Street in Providence, RI.


About Brown Arts Initiative

The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) at Brown University seeks to cultivate creative expression and foster an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from one another and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields across the campus and around the world. A consortium of six arts departments and two programs that encompass the performing, literary and visual arts, BAI works collaboratively to enhance curricular and co-curricular offerings, directly engage students with prominent artists working in all genres and media, and supports a diverse program of concerts, performances, exhibitions, screenings, lectures and symposia each year. BAI takes full advantage of the University’s Open Curriculum and builds on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory, practice and scholarship with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation.

BAI comprises and integrates History of Art and Architecture; Literary Arts; Modern Culture and Media; Music; Theatre Arts and Performance Studies; Visual Art; the David Winton Bell Gallery; and Rites and Reason Theatre/Africana Studies. www.arts.brown.edu

Image: María Berrío. Untitled, 2014. Collage with Japanese papers and watercolor. 24 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist.

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