Ravel - Kristin Fleischmann Brewer
December 7 – 28, 2018
Ravel features a series of painted and sewn objects produced in the last year. Color-stained canvas and webbing tenuously threaded together embrace the process of making by retaining traces of physical labor with material. Minimalist in form and color, the objects reference clothing patterns, nets, and landscape. Together the works emphasize immediacy and reflect upon psychological and physical states of entrapment and escapism.
Kristin Fleischmann Brewer’s process-based work posits abstract painting as a generative process rooted in the studio, where formal investigation illustrates painting as a means of being receptive to the world. A calculated balance between intentional production, provisional action, and allowing the unexpected to occur, the works favor emotional intelligence over logic and dialogue with the history of painting, assemblage, and craft.
Born in St. Louis, Fleischmann Brewer, has been awarded international artist residencies and fellowships including The Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris (2017), the Creative Community Fellowship with National Art Strategies (2016), and The Luminary (2012/ 2014). As the Director of Public Programs and Engagement at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, where she has worked since 2011, Brewer has mounted ambitious programming and commissions with local and international artists. In addition, Brewer co-founded Citizen Artist St. Louis (2016), a non-partisan initiative working to ensure that arts and culture are considered in policy-making, and directed Enamel Art Space (2012-14). Fleischmann received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2011 where she was the recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women, and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Denver in 2007.