Surface Matters

Exhibition Dates: February 2 – 26, 2017
Exhibition Location: Project Room at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Curated by 3walls, Brooklyn

Exhibition Overview

Through a highly personal relationship with their chosen materials, artists Véronique Gambier and Sarah E. Brook create powerful works rich with emotional content, visual interest, and aesthetic beauty. Through the use of varying media and dimension, their quiet, powerful works suggest vastness as well as disappearance, solitude as well as strength.


For her Aperture series, Véronique Gambier mixes her own paints, and, laying paper on the floor, creates her work from a single brushstroke—a continuous motion that produces a direct mark. Embracing an element of trust, with her kinetic mark Gambier both creates a portal and suggests intimate but forward movement and limitless motion through time and space.


The intimacy of Sarah E. Brook’s work has been profoundly influenced by the vastness of the Nevada High Desert where she grew up. Her work is an exploration of the internal state of being, the inherent power, and even the surface textures generated by this immense, immersive environment. Brook’s installation Rise Early, Know This is made up of forms that evoke elements of the arid desert with its subdued palate, geological formations, empty expanses, and sun bleached severity. These elements simultaneously allude to the human impulse to build a protective shelter in order to inhabit this extreme environment.

Surface Matters is curated by the Brooklyn-based art collective 3walls, which was founded in 2011 by Eliza Alsop, Whitney Carr, Bevin Cline, and Macon Jessop as a contemporary salon dedicated to exhibiting and promoting significant new work by emerging artists. By hosting pop-up shows in intimate settings, 3walls set out to create an atmosphere that encourages a dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists and patrons.