Category: Show

The Body: Power Meaning and Representation in Contemporary Art

Show: The Body

Washington State University Fine Arts Department, Gallery 2, Pullman WA
November 15, 2018 to January 10, 2019

Two paintings from my Surviving project are included in this juried show. The show is Curated by June T. Sanders and Ayanna Z. Nayo.

The paintings I submitted to this show relate to the theme “The Body: Power, Meaning & Representation in Contepmorary Art” because they are the story of a woman’s body—my body—that is not about beauty, sex, or motherhood. In other words, they represent a body and experience that is not part of the main, reductive narrative of womanhood in the United States.

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Show: Surviving

Retail Therapy

October 11 – November 24, 2018
Capitol Hill Art Walk Opening: October 11, 2018 5 – 8pm, event link>>

905 E. Pike Street, Seattle WA 98122

Please join us in October for a presentation of Claire Brandt’s recent paintings. Last year Brandt was diagnosed with Stage I Breast Cancer. From the beginning, she painted her experience. Through biopsies, surgery, chemo and radiation she painted self-portraits in order to process an intensely frightening bodily experience.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at Retail Therapy we will have information on resources for support and screening for breast cancer.

See the work

“Going through cancer was the scariest experience of my life, especially in the beginning. I was lucky, mine was an early catch and I had good medical care. Making these self-portraits was a way for me to confront and feel what was happening to me. They are record of my experience that I hope helps people understand what breast cancer means to a body. And I hope they are helpful to others who might be facing something similar—without sugarcoating it, I want them to know that there is a way through.”

– Claire Brandt

 


States of Being Live at “Does Live Art…”

Thank you to everybody who came out and supported the Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live performance series at SOIL over the Seattle Art Fair weekend. It was great to see all the visitors to the gallery and wonderful to meet the other artists involved in the performances. I especially want to thank all who volunteered to model. And, Morgan Cahn, who conceived, curated and organized this set of performances and the subsequent show is a superstar, and I am happy to know her better through the production of “Does Live Art…”.

This project was a performance of life-size-life-drawing at the SOIL Gallery in Seattle, WA during the Seattle Art Fair 2016. For three days, August 5, 6, and 7, I drew volunteer models. Each day I worked from 1pm to 4pm. Models were people I didn’t know who were visiting the gallery, other people involved in “Does Live Art…” and friends who came to participate in my project. Altogether, I drew 20 people into one canvas.

Usually getting ready for a show involves heavy stress to finish artwork on time. It was a refreshing change to begin a show with a blank piece of canvas. From installation on, being a part of “Does Live Art…” reminded me a bit of my college days in stage production—from the down-time camaraderie to the days of performance adrenaline, the similarity was distinct, and welcome. I’d forgotten how much fun—and how much work shows involve. The aftermath is great too, I was exhausted, but uniquely satisfied by the combination of working with people, making something, and feeling the energy of the Seattle Art Fair weekend.

See below for photos of the performance. And, scroll down below the gallery to see a timelapse video of the performance weekend at SOIL.

Timelapse video of the entire Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live performance series, August 4 – 7, 2016, at SOIL Gallery in Seattle.
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Retail Therapy Show

Multiplicity
September 2016
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be showing my work at Retail Therapy this September!
Join me for the opening on during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, September 8, 2016.

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Claire Brandt’s paintings and drawings wrestle with tensions between singular and multiple—in both form and meaning. This takes shape in her work as either single figures that hold multiple meanings, or as works with an accumulation of figures. Multiplicity will feature her projects States of Being Live and Bra Portraits.

Exhibition: September 8 – 30, 2016
Opening: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5 – 9pm, Capitol Hill Art Walk
Location: Retail Therapy, 905 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
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