Brooklyn Art Studios and Yashar Gallery

Brooklyn Art Studios and Yashar Gallery
Brooklyn Art Studios is a complex of artist spaces in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, housing a growing ensemble of professional artists, designers, artisans + creatives. Our onsite exhibition space, Yashar Gallery, exclusively features the work of our artists in rotating monthly shows. We also host seasonal Open Studio events.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cupcakes and Concrete: Paintings by Brinn Flagg

Nanny Extraordinaire, 2010, Acrylic on paper, 33 x 50 in.

Cupcakes and Concrete
New paintings by Brinn Flagg

On view: January 7- 26, 2011

Opening reception: Friday, January 7, 6 – 9 PM

Imagine being a mother, day in and day out, at 23 years old and the child is not yours. Brinn Flagg has done just that for a year and a half now. With her job title as nanny, she has painted portraits of herself and a child that has shared specific experiences with her. She works from multiple photographs to create her compositions, while also establishing imaginative settings to enliven the difficult or frustrating times. A tense or challenging situation can be made humorous, whimsical, or playful when unique settings are created for the paintings. The narratives relived in the work are seen as her quest to exaggerate a mood through color, pattern and cool fashion.

The paintings on exhibit at Yashar Gallery are a reaction to being a full-time nanny, since graduating college. They explore the emotional undertaking in caring for an infant, not being able to meet new people and dealing with lack of creativity in the job. Coming to terms with the job, the strife has now informed the work. The inventive settings and fanciful outfits have invoked a comical outlook on the role of "surrogate mother". 'Cupcakes and Concrete' is a new series of paintings based on making light of the struggles people her age face. Brinn Flagg's paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Ise Cultural Foundation in New York; the Copley Society of Art in Boston; the Turchin Center in North Carolina; and the Galleria Sotoportego in Venice, Italy.

Ms. Flagg is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and was published in Studio Visit magazine. She lives and works in Greenpoint and has recently left childcare to pursue other goals.

Yashar Gallery
276 Greenpoint Avenue, Bldg. 8, Ground Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11222

Brinn Flagg


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