Greg Breda & Myra Greene: Glimmers Through Dark MatterParasol Projects @ 213 Bowery
Greg Breda & Myra Greene: Glimmers Through Dark Matter @ 213 Bowery
March 7 – 10, 2019 | 11 am – 6 pm and by appoitment
Opening Reception: March 7th | 5 pm – 8 pm
b. 1959, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
And I love light. Perhaps you’ll think it strange that an invisible man should need light, desire light, love light. But maybe it is exactly because I am invisible. Light confirms my reality, gives birth to my form…
– Excerpt from “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
Through a layered exchange between symbolism and material, Breda’s portraits present us with introspective narratives and moments of contemplation. These moments air with a feeling of the personal – a woman writing in her diary or a boy glancing thoughtfully at himself through a mirror in his bedroom- yet their narratives reveal further through a slow read in Breda’s choice of imagery and compositions. The works are painted on vellum, a material which both absorbs and reflects light. The duality of the vellum’s materiality allows for the layers of Breda’s bold brush strokes to interact with light, highlighting the color complexities within the gestures and their environments. Breda’s incorporation of flowers, patterns, and specific objects is used as a system of symbolic gestures toward a multifaceted narrative open to numerous interpretive reads. Within each work we see a variety of botanicals, Fig Trees, Proteas and Cherry Blossoms to name a few, together a collection of allegorical references to enlightenment, a poetic language of flowers. The collective importance of these references lies in presenting moments of balance, individuals finding themselves in deep thought and subjective transformation. These moments of refection are mirrored in the subjects’ surroundings. Windows allow light to shine throughout the various works, illuminating the spaces and figures, a translucency of the body gestured in the use of the vellum and Breda’s mark making. Breda’s work is a portrait of the human spirit, a series of love letters to the internal moments within us all that illuminate the illusions that create our reality.
b. 1975, New York, NY
Lives and works in Atlanta, GA
Throughout my artistic practice, I have returned to the body to explore a variety of issues. Issues of difference, beauty, melancholy sentiment, physical and emotional recollections have played out on the surface of the skin. Confronted with an up swell of bigotry both personal and public, I was forced to ask myself, what do people see when they look at me. Am I nothing but black? Is that skin tone enough to describe my nature and expectation in life?
– Myra Greene
Greene uses a diverse photographic practice to explore representations of race. In the most recent body of work, “Undertone”, the artist returned to the creation of ambrotypes, this time utilizing stained glass as support. The images are utterly transformed by the different colors of the glass itself, and vary according to the color they are set against. This series touches upon themes central in other works as well: the shifting, unstable nature of photography and how our understanding of color is completely dependent on its context, both literally and in terms of race. Greene is also currently working on a new body of work that uses African textiles as a material and pattern to explore her own relationship to culture.
Myra Greene lives and works in Atlanta Georgia, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Spelman College. She received her MFA from the University of New Mexico, and her BFA from Washington University. Recent solo and group exhibitions include exhibitions Measured In Moments (2018), The Safe House Museum, Greensboro, Alabama (off site exhibition for Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta GA); Frieze (2018), at Corvi-Mora Gallery, London, UK and Undertones (2018) at Corvi-Mora Gallery, London, UK. Myra Greene’s work has been featured in nationally exhibitions in galleries and museums including The New York Public Library, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Sculpture Center in New York City. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including Working Artist Project Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, the Illinois Arts Council Photography Fellowship, Journal of Contemporary Photography Award, Academic Fellowship at The Photography Institute, and Curatorial Fellowship at MoMA. Her work is also part of multiple permanent collections, including JP Morgan and Chase, New York, NY, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Light Work in Syracuse, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the New York Public Library, and the Princeton University Art Museum.