October 30 - December 19, 2008
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-6
Known for challenging the growth of native plants in such materials as lace fabric, hand made paper, plastic tubes and glass medicine bottles, the essence of Ms. Brody's work is to understand how we live with the constant flux of our environment. She wishes to plant within her audience the desire to be more aware of the tenuous relationship between ourselves and nature within the urban and industrial landscape.
Environmentally based artist Michele Brody will be giving a presentation about her art work in conjunction with the opening of her installation *Garden Sentinels* in the project space of the FlatFile Galleries. *Garden Sentinels* is part of the group show Espace Vert, which opens Thursday, October 30 from 5-9 pm. Students in Hunter O'Reilly's freshmen BioArt Seminar Course at Loyola University Chicago collaborated on this artwork by choosing some of the plants to be grown for the exhibit. Each student gave their reason for the plant they chose.
Ms Brody received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and since then has spent the past 14 years utilizing a strong background in the liberal arts to create site-specific, mixed media installations, and works of public art that are generated by the history, culture, environment, and architecture of a wide range of venues. While living and working in such places as France, Costa Rica, California, the Midwest, Germany, and her home of New York City, her art career has developed into a proc ess of working in collaboration with each new community as a means towards developing an interpretation of the sense of a place as an outsider looking in.
Her exhibition record includes one-person shows at The Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA; Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN; Dina4 Projekte, Munich, Germany; Karpio + Facchini Gallery, Miami, Fl; the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica; and at Le Quai de la Batterie, Atelier-galerie d’Art Contemporain; Arras, France.
She was the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant in 2003, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2000. She has installed permanent works of public art in NYC for the MTA Arts for Transit, Public Art for Public Schools, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.