September 30th – October 30th, 2016 Opening: September 30th, 6-9PM
BULLET SPACE is pleased to present FOLDING/UNFOLDING, new works by BRIGITIE ENGLER.
Curated by Colombian-born cultural activist artist Alexandra Rojas, the show includes video images,concrete music, kinetic art and rubbings.
Brigitte Engler moved from Paris to attend the Whitney Program in 1980. Drawn to the raw energy of the city she now calls home, Engler worked as an art reporter for the magazine PAPER and participated in exhibitions. She had one person shows in Paris, in Brittany, in LA. This year, Printed Matter exhibited and published her work in A Book about Colab (and related activities}. Engler’s environmental art installation was presented in a tidal mill in France in partnership with a governmental environmental agency in May 2016. She also exhibited as part of the Watermill Center summer benefit 2016. This is her first solo show at Bullet Space, a community access center for images, words and sounds of the inner city.
Brigitte Engler describes her process:
“I work with mechanical and digital means of reproduction such as rubbing, linocut, needlepoint, tracing, digital recording of images and concrete sound. Focusing on the experience of the process, I re-present vernacular and ephemeral patterns collected haphazardly and oppose to the abstraction of thought, the physicality of here and now.”
In a series of rubbings printed in the street, the overlooked and ephemeral images, words or symbols etched in the fresh concrete, appear by chance as much as by choice. The sidewalk graffiti imprints celebrate the creative impulse to mark a territory.
The video installation “The baroque fold” is exhibited for the first time in New-York. Originally previewed in May 2016, the video images were recorded in the cavernous basement space of a tidal mill open to the sea and the winds where the artist hung a shibori dye fabric that moves in the current and is slowly submerged every 12 hours.
Other fabric pieces hang on a line in the garden of the former squat where artists Andrew Castrucci and Austin Shull conducted their archeological dig and buried, in a time capsule, deep into the well, artworks by friends Martin Wong and David Wojnarowicz among other friends from the neighborhood.
Bullet Space. 292 East 3rd street. Open hours: Friday-Sunday 3-7PM. By appointment or by chance.