LEEDY-VOULKOS ART CENTER
Lower Level Gallery
2012 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO. 64108, USA
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday
The Silent Type
December 4th-26th, 2015
(closed from December 24th-26th)
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4th 2015, 6-9pm
The Silent Type is Rochelle Brickner’s KCAI Senior Thesis Exhibition, as well as her second solo exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri. The installation is comprised of biomorphic forms that are inspired by the textures, colors, and life cycles characteristic of various species of fungi. Reinterpreting the environments they inhabit in natural and controlled compositions references their various stages in life.
Brickner’s preferred materials are wool and paper intermingled with other natural mediums. Like human hair, wool is a shapeless, fibrous material that can be endlessly manipulated, in this case through the process of felting. While transforming the wool into mimicked fungi forms and then later reinterpreting environments they inhabit with their installment, de-installement, and re-installment accompanied with new additional forms, Brickner is in essence mimicking a nutrient cycle, referencing their various stages in life: growth, rebirth, decomposition, and symbiosis in nature.
The choice of materials used and the processes of construction and transformation are intimately connected to the visual, conceptual and narrative aspects of the work.
Hyper-relevant to Brickner’s work, Andrew Cowan N.D.Arb. relays in his article Fungi- Life Support for Ecosystems, “One particularly crucial role of fungi is in the transport, storage, release and recycling of nutrients. Nutrient cycling [is] the continuous supply, capture, replenishment and distribution of carbon, nitrogen and minerals [and] is fundamental for the ongoing health and vitality of all ecosystems. As a result, soil organic matter and nutrient availability to plants is entirely dependent on the activity of soil organisms such as fungi.” (www.ictorganics.com)
Rochelle Brickner (b.San Antonio, TX, 1973) is a Kansas City based mixed-media artist. Her other interest articulating environmental awareness has inspired her to lead youth directed environmental art workshops in Kansas City with Greenworks KC, Boy Scout Troop 25, and the Plaza and Central Public Libraries. She has exhibited in several venues within the Kansas City Metropolitan area, including a solo show at Contours Hair Salon, and group shows at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, Little Miss Elegant Gallery, and Kemper at the Crossroads. Brickner will graduate with a BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in December 2015, and thereafter pursue the post-baccalaureate art education certification program at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Brickner is also known for making fine art and utilitarian textiles, and more specifically, features a line created by using up-cycled materials known as Repurpose Me. Repurpose Me has been featured in Ink Magazine, the Kansas City Star; and interviewed on 90.1, Kansas City public radio. Some of Brickner’s textiles can be found in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art museum shop and in her RoBO Textiles Etsy shop.
For more print quality images available upon request and/ or further information, please contact Rochelle Brickner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 816.590.2792.