Halley Zien - We’re All in Here

October 16 – November 22, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, October 16, 6-8 pm

BravinLee programs is pleased to present Halley Zien’s “We’re All in Here.” Made from collage and paint, Zien’s densely populated surfaces suggest claustrophobic interior spaces packed with feverishly active, expressive figures. The distorted environments reflect the emotional mania of Zien's tortured inhabitants.

According to Zien, “I like the implication that this is just everyday life in an everyday place; that our public personas are not always in sync with the mental drama going on inside our head."

Zien will also include an installation in the project room that includes hundreds of her cut out characters that will appear to emerge from within the gallery’s walls. For her sculptural work, Zien cuts images from fashion magazines into tiny unrecognizable fragments that are reconstructed to create small freestanding figures. This is a new version of an installation included in Space Invaders at the Lehman College Art Gallery, curated by Karin Bravin.

This will be Zien’s first solo show at BravinLee. Her work has been included in a group show at BravinLee; featured in Space Invaders at the Lehman College Art Gallery and was recently shown at Goose Barnacle in Brooklyn Heights.


Artist book program: Doug Beuebe Sketch/Books

BravinLee programs will present a grouping of sketchbooks by Doug Beube in the book vitrine. Beube began binding his own sketchbooks in 1979. His drawings and collaged pages are an integral part of his fleshing-out visual ideas about his sculptural bookwork, installations, and photography. When a conceived artwork is drawn in the book, the seed of an idea is recorded for future reference. As Beube builds a vocabulary for future executions, the sketchbooks became works in themselves.

Doug Beube works in mixed media including, artist's books/bookworks, collage, digital animation, installation, sculpture, and photography. In 1993 he began curating a private collection of artist's books entitled, The Allan Chasanoff Bookworks Collection: The Book Under Pressure. Beube teaches artist's books, mixed media, and photography and lectures at various universities and art programs around the U.S. Beube has exhibited internationally and his book-works and photography are included in many private and public collections.