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Michele Brody

280 East 162nd Street, 3B
Bronx, NY 10451, U.S.A.
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Phone: (646) 522-9924
Email: michele@michelebrody.com
URL: http://www.michelebrody.com

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Biographical Narrative

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1967, I received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989, and my MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994.

For the past twelve years I have concentrated on the creation of site-specific installations that reference the history, environment and visceral experience of a wide range of spaces.  Some of these locations have been the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine; Arras, France; San José, Costa Rica; the Headlands Center for the Arts in California; Munich, Germany; and my home of New York City.

I have received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Architecture, Planning & Design Program, the Pollack/Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund,

The foundation of my work is based on producing a sense of the phenomenon known as the Limen.  It is the threshold through which one passes at the starting point for a new state or experience.  In my work, this notion of creating a mark, which invites the viewer to a more openness of sensation has been realized through the production of site-generated walkways, passages and sculptures that incorporate fabric and light to support the growth of plant life as well as responses to natural and urbanscapes through manhole covers and photographic installations.

By incorporating the liminal experience with its message of change and transformation as witnessed in the life cycle of flora, or the ever changing makeup of city streets, I wish to subtly plant within the viewer a desire to be more aware of the tenuous relationship between themselves, nature, and the urban environment. I also wish to communicate the delicate characteristics of memory and how time can both erode and enhance our interpretations of experience.

EDUCATION

  •  Master of Fine Arts Degree, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 1992-1994.
     Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; 1986-1989.

 Master of Fine Arts Degree, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 1992-1994. Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; 1986-1989.

SELECTED SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013- Reflections in Tea, chashama 461 Gallery, New York, NY. 2012-Reflections in Tea, Hudson Guild-Guild Gallery II, New York, NY.             Drawing Roots, Hudson Guild-Guild Gallery II, New York, NY.
  • 2011- Reflections in Tea, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.
  •         Nature Preserve, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand                    Rapids, MI.
  • 2010- Incubation, Roosevelt Island Student Community Center, New                    York, NY.
  • 2009- Tea Cart Stories, Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Tenement              Window Installation, New York, NY.
  • 2008- Entering from the Inside, Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA.
  •         Reflections in Tea, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY.
  •  2006- Grass Skirt Extra Large III, Hunter Museum of American Art,                  Chattanooga, TN.
  • 2004- Looking Out, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY.
     Taking Root: Germany, Dina4 Projekte, Munich, Germany.
     I am represented by these two galleries, but not currently supported for the creation of any new installations.
  • 2003- Visiting Artist Exhibition, Marywood University Art Department, Scranton, PA.
  • 2002- Burguet Project One, Le Qaui de la Batterie, Atelier-galerie d’Art contemporain, Arras, France.
    Michele Brody, Duncan Smith Theater and Gallery, Holmdel, NJ.
  • 2001- Centrosurnorte Jacob Karpio Gallery, San José, Costa Rica.
  • 2000- Land-Scaping, Lafayette College, Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA.
    Umbral/Limen, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo, San José, Costa Rica.
    Transformative Nature, Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • 2006- Grass Skirt Extra Large III, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN.

SELECTED GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013    Eco-Logic: Artist's Take on Environmental Changes, Spacecamp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 2012 - Small, Art in FLUX Harlem, New York, NY.
  •           Bellwether, 11th Annual Sculpture Show, City of Bellevue, WA.
  •           Bionic Garden, FLUX Space, Long Island City, NY.
  •           Bloom, Space Realty Group, Long Island City, NY.
  •         Sustainability, Manhattanville College Arthur M. Berger Gallery, NY.
  •          Nurturing Nature, Albright College Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA.
  • 2011 - Crossing Lines:  The Many Faces of Fiber, Courtyard Gallery,                     World Financial Center, NY.
  •            Turf: Ecological Activism and Art, Diablo Valley College Art       Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA.
  •             Kunstherberge Birkenau, Munich, Germany
  •             Green: The Color and the Concept, Textile Museum, Washington, DC
  •            Pulp Fiction, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA.
  •            Currents: Art and the Environment, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA.
  •  Women and the Environment:  WEAD EAST, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010            Fabrications, Cynthia Reeves Projects at the Newport Mill, Newport, NH.
  • Aspects of the City, Organization of Independent Artists, New York Law School, New York, NY.
  • LUMEN – Internationally-Lit Sculpture Show, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ.
  • 2009    The Elements: Earth, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.
  • 2008            horisontes oblicuos, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica.
  • Espace Vert, FLATFILEgalleries, Chicago, IL.
  • 2007      Nature and Balance, Public Art Projects at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA.
  • 2006- Among The Trees, The New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
  • 2005- Environmental Architectonica, Karpio + Faccini Gallery, Miami, FL.
    Passages, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA.
    Material Terrain, Traveling exhibit commissioned by the Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, MO.
     Organized by International Arts and Artists, Washington, DC for exhibits in CA, AZ, TN, KS & NY to 2008
  • 2004- Natural Habitat, Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, WI.
    Re-futuring the Brownfields of Teaneck Creek, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Teaneck, NJ.
    Women's History Month, Faculty Show, Taos Institute of Art, Taos, NM
  • 2003- Going Public: Public Projects, AIA New York Chapter Center for Architecture, New York, NY.
    Crossings, Artist Projects at the Essex Street Market, In conjunction with CAA Conference New York, NY
  • 2002- Made by Nature, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY.
    Garden Paradox: Public Art Projects, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.
     Artist to Artist, Ace Gallery, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, NY, NY.
     Forces of Nature, Rockland Center For the Arts, West Nyack, NY.

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

  • 2005- Heritage Green Neighborhood Park: Public Art Project, City of Frisco, Texas.
    MTA Arts for Transit, faceted glass window screens for the Allerton Ave station along the #2 line, Bronx, NY
    Public Art for Public Schools, Sites for Students project at P.S./I.S. 194 Bronx, NY
  • 2002- Re-Covering the Cityscape: Impressions of History Underfoot, Assay Office Cover.
    The installation of a uniquely cast manhole cover in the sidewalk at 30 Wall Street in conjunction with life-size projection in commemoration of the Assay Office Building that stood from 1823-1915.

GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES AWARDED

  • 2004- Puffin Foundation, Project Grant for Re-futuring the Brownfields of Teaneck Creek, Teaneck, NJ
  • 2002- Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
    Headlands Center for the Arts,  Artist in Residence, Sausalito, CA
  • 2000- New York State Council on the Arts’ Architecture, Planning & Design Program, Independent Projects.
    New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellisimo Fellow-Artists’ Fellowship, New York, NY
  • 1999- Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Space Program, New York, NY.