Inspired by Gertrude Stein, Florine Stettheimer and others who hosted historic art salons, Suzy Spence has created S.S. Champlain in her sleek Brooklyn apartment (pictured at right). Named for the steamship that Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas took from New York to Europe after Stein’s American book tour, S.S. Champlain presents new work by Leslie Brack through January 17.
At the opening on Saturday night, after a short conversation between Brack and filmmaker-artist Dave Dixon, an MC at Nuyrican Cafe and one of the organizers of the Moonlighter speaker series, the floor opened for a lively discussion of painting, digital imagery, advertising, and appropriation. Brack, who just returned from a residency at Yaddo and a six month stint in Rome, combines confessional text fragments and painted images that she has appropriated from 1970s magazines and art history books. Despite their often amusing juxtapositions, Brack’s intimate paintings evoke a palpable sense of loneliness, failure, and alienation. Recently she has begun painting text fragments on objects such as books and album covers, producing stealth art objects that seem to blend helplessly in with their surroundings.
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