31 May-28 July 2012. The Brand New Gallery displays two exhibitions: the first one, entitled Recover, by the American artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez and the second one, entitled Changing State of Matters by 18 young international artists.
Cristina Lei Rodriguez uses numerous materials, such as plastics, resins, chalk, paint and debris, to create her sculptural forms. These abstract conglomerates come from a post atomic era and narrate stories of decay and ruin. The artist critically reflects on the bulimic greed, unrepentant glamour and the accumulation of wealth, which accompany contemporary capitalism and constitute a threat of total collapse for the system. Rodriguez, born in 1974, lives and works in Miami. Her works have been displayed among the others at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami and the Serpentine Gallery of London.
The second exhibition gathers together the works by Aaron Angell, Bianca Beck, Lynda Benglis, Steve Bishop, Kadar Brock, Matthew Chambers, Folkert de Jong, Nicolas Deshayes, Sam Falls, Ryan Foerster, Antonia Gurkovska, Gabriel Hartley, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Mai Thu Perret, Rona Pondick, Ry Rocklen, Analia Saban and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. Their works investigate the matter to reveal new forms and guises and create mysterious worlds, obtained by subverting traditional artistic techniques. Matter becomes metaphor of contemporary social structures and realities and its aggression aims to explore the mutual exchange, which constantly takes place between people and objects.