Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14 from 7pm to 9pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm
Hamiltonian kicks off 2017 with Some Assembly Required by artist Nakeya Brown and Ms. _______ (Interior) by Christie Neptune, two exhibitions that will run concurrently from January 14 through February 18, 2017. The exhibition will open with a reception on January 14 from 7 – 9 pm; both artists will be in attendance.
Through found objects and images culled from a family photo archive, Nakeya Brown’s Some Assembly Required constructs a narrative that finds parallels between a factory assembly line and society’s incomplete representation of Black women. In Some Assembly Required, Brown isolates vintage mass-produced personal effects, meditating on their packaging and the nature of their production, and contrasts them with family snapshots from the same era. In so doing, Brown constructs a timeless portrait of a complex Black woman who gracefully defied the societal constraints and limitations that were foisted upon her during her lifetime.
Ms. _______ (Interior) is a followup to Christie Neptune’s The Eye of The Storm, a 3-part multimedia series that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. An Afrosurrealist installation that incorporates both photography and video, Ms. _______ (Interior) allows viewers to contemplate the inner life of anonymous black females. Through her slow-moving portraits. Neptune warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her protagonist’s inaccessible psychological lives.
Nakeya Brown (b. Santa Maria, CA, 1988) holds an MFA in Photography from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and a BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She has exhibited in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (2017); Paul Robeson Cultural Center, East Lansing, MI (2016) and Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Brown has been featured in various online and publications including ARTS.BLACK, New York Mag, Saint Heron, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, NYLON, Hysteria and Elephant.
Christie Neptune (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1986) works primarily with film, photography, and mixed media to create provocative images that challenge the limits of self within the collective world. Neptune holds a BA from Fordham University (New York, NY). Her films and photography have been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami, FL (2015) and UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015). She has been featured in publications including The Creator’s Project and Juxtapoze Magazine. Neptune will be a participant in the 2017 Artist In Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of Arts, and she is a current Hamiltonian Fellow.
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