Opening Reception for Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity
As an interdisciplinary artist working across film, photography, mixed media, and performance arts, visual artist Christie Neptune investigates how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. The artist built off the research and work that she engaged in during her year-long residency in the NXTHVN Residency program in New Haven, CT, focusing on a closed community center in the neighborhood of Dixwell, where the residency is based. Through extensive research and the lens of an archeologist studying ancient ruins, Neptune sought to draw a deeper narrative of the hidden potential in absence. Focusing on photographs of the site, and filtering this example of American urban decay through the lens of ancient ruins, Neptune’s exhibition in BRIC’s Project Room will bring together sculpture, long-form video, and photographs to draw a deeper narrative related to absence and what that means for a community. Critically aware of both self and subjectivity, she illuminates the personal and emotional aftermath of a society that disregards and delegitimizes those that endure the brunt of historically upheld supremacies.
Chritie Neptune is a 2019-20 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.