A series curated by Camilø Álvårez
Alexi Antoniadis: January 15-February 8, 2021
Dell Hamilton: February 8-March 10, 2021
Rosie Ranauro: March 10-30, 2021
Evelyn Rydz & Gabriel Sosa: March 30-April 19, 2021

The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present BODYMONOPOLIZINGPOLITICKING, a series of four exhibitions curated by Camilø Álvårez in the BAC’s Annex Gallery.

Alexi Antoniadis

“I use steel and paint to create abstract sculptures that manifest as three dimensional images, evoking themes of
nature, figure and architecture. My work is concerned with how flatness and the picture plane can be explored through
sculpture. I use the physicality of my medium to exploit the graphic qualities of my compositions and create an illusion
of lightness and delicacy. Within this context I investigate color, positive and negative space, light and shadow.

My practice draws inspiration from the concept of painting both historical and contemporary as well as my deep
curiosity with the built environment. After starting out as a painter and through the years working as a builder, I
became interested in physical objects and the spaces that exist around me. In both my Outdoor sculpture and indoor
works, my art is a combination of the two.”

Dell Hamilton

Dell Marie Hamilton is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and independent curator. Working across a variety of media including performance, painting, photography, and video, she uses the body to investigate the social and geopolitical constructions of personal memory, citizenship, gender and history. She has presented solo performances in New York at the Panoply Performance Lab and the Five Myles Gallery as well as extensively in and around New England including Boston University’s 808 Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, and at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art. In 2019, she also performed at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, where she became the first performance artist – in their 64-year-history -to perform in their galleries.

She was a participating artist in the 13th Havana Biennial as part of Afro-Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’s curatorial project, Intermittent Rivers, and her most recent curatorial project “Nine Moments for Now” was ranked by Hyperallergic.com as one of 2018’s top 20 exhibitions in the U.S. Dell, along with her collaborator, Magda Fernandez, are also part of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum’s 2021 inaugural cohort of recipients of the Charla Fund, a Ford Foundation-sponsored initiative that provides grants to Latinx artists.  

Rosie Ranauro

Ranauro uses her work as a way to connect her intuitive self to her body, and incorporates touch, play, and movement into her work to find this access point. Ranauro uses painting as an opportunity to approach failure and loss as a catharsis and catalyst for change instead of a disaster. Treating her canvas like a second body, Ranauro allows for wear and tear throughout the painting process. In allowing the canvas to break down from use throughout the process, Ranauro asks that the viewer confront their own fears of the sacred body. The work is created in a cycle of movement, documentation, observation and response, resulting in a work that exists somewhere within the alchemy of physical action and finished painting.

As part of BODYMONOPOLIZINGPOLITICKING, the artist will show a series of portraits created during a recent two-week hospitalization for a condition that caused blindness in one eye. The works featured depict the artist’s ‘face’ in perception only, and touch on the catharsis of portrait making as a means for embodiment when dealing with trauma.

Rosie Ranauro is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Jamaica Plain, MA. Ranauro has shown both locally and internationally, most recently taking her performance series Back of My Head to Quebec City and Vancouver Island. She was featured by  Lamontagne x Samson as one of their featured artists for the 2020 NADA Fair. She holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Evelyn Rydz & Gabriel Sosa

In Response (January – March 2021)

Evelyn Rydz and Gabriel Sosa created a new series of collaborative and site-specific works on paper for the Brookline Arts Center that explore longing, division, contagion, and the passage of time. In consideration of the BAC’s history as a former fire station, Rydz and Sosa use the antagonistic nature of fire and water to emphasize urgency and heightened divides.

Rydz layers together fragments of surface water drawings and photographs from various local rivers and locations across the Atlantic and Pacific in North and South America. Sosa draws from legal proceedings and phrases found in articles and on social media to create jumbles of barely legible texts that float, or sink, among the contours of Rydz’s aquatic imagery. Meanwhile, Rydz layers ripped pieces of paintings with salt water over and under Sosa’s brightly colored smudges and marks.

In their respective art practices, Rydz and Sosa have radically divergent aesthetics and methods of working -the former approaches her work with a patient, almost surgical precision, while the latter works quickly and feverishly. The work of each consumes but reinforces that of the other, reminding us of the division, uncertainty, and hope that mark these times.

Evelyn Rydz creates work across drawing, photography, site-responsive installations and participatory community projects. Her work is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, SMFA Traveling Fellowship, U.S Latinx Art Forum Charla Fund Award, Artist Resource Trust Grant, MassArt Foundation Inc. Fellowship, and a Visual Arts Finalist of the Cintas Knight Foundation. Rydz has created community projects for the I.C.A. Watershed, Cooper Gallery at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center, University of Massachusetts, LIST Visual Arts Center at MIT, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Urbano Project, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and more. Her work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL), Palacio de Justicia (Matanzas, Cuba), Palmer Art Museum (Penn State University), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), El Parque Cultural del Caribe, (Barranquilla, Colombia), USC Fisher Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK) among others. Public collections include the Federal Reserve Bank, Barr Foundation, Tufts University Art Galleries, Fitchburg Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, and Fidelity Investments.

Gabriel Sosa is an artist, educator, curator, and linguist. His multi-disciplinary practice incorporates drawing, video, sound, and installation to explore how the use of language subtly shapes and disrupts our everyday experiences. His project No es fácil/It ain’t easy is a bilingual series of billboards on display in various Boston neighborhoods from July 2020 to January 2021. Additionally, his work has been shown at the O, Miami Poetry Festival; Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Tufts University Art Galleries; Centro Cultural Español, Miami; La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana; A R E A, Boston; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was one of the curators of the Area Code Art Fair 2020, the first art fair focused on artists with ties to New England, and has curated exhibitions at Haley House in Roxbury and The Nave Gallery in Somerville. Gabriel has been an artist-in-residence at Lugar a dudas, Cali, Colombia; Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California. Born and raised in Miami, he is currently based in Boston where he is an artist-in-residence at Urbano Project and a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Álvårez, who juried Red, White and Blue at the BAC in 2018, is Owner/Director of Samsøñ Projects.

All exhibitions, receptions and artist talks at the BAC are free and open to the public.

Public art and exhibitions in the Annex Gallery are viewable twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week from the window in Monmouth Park.

For more information about virtual receptions and exhibition programming please follow us on Instagram @brooklineartcenter and/or @samsonprojects. Talks with the artist and curator will be announced.