Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips

Epithalamium

January 26 - March 9, 2019

“One aspect of great pain – as acknowledged by those who have suffered it from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, and physiology, and, finally, as becomes obvious to common sense alone – is that it is to the individual experiencing it overwhelmingly present, more emphatically real than any other human experience, and yet is almost invisible to anyone else, unfelt and unknown.Even prolonged, agonized human screams, which press on the hearer’s consciousness in something of the same way pain presses on the consciousness of the person hurt, convey only a limited dimension of the sufferer’s experience.”

– Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain, 1985

 

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present Epithalamium, a two-person show with Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips, organized by Blair and Eli Hansen. The exhibition will be on view at AE2, January 26 through March 9th, with an opening reception on January 26, 6-8pm.

Taking its name from the epithalamium, a poem written for a bride, Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips, wife and husband artists, examine the potential of marriage, allowing their lived experience to speak to larger narratives of bodily trauma and mortality, while alluding to the intimate qualities of a unique partnership.

Pain has exterior indicators we can all recognize, chiefly via language. Yet language is often insufficient to adequately articulate, or empathize with, another’s suffering. Brache and Phillips transmit these difficult and impossible positions inside the language-based programs of culture, allowing for moments of vulnerability.

Art is supra-integral. Art is supra-personal. Art, like pain, is supra-linguistic. Epithalamium is about the fracture of language as it relates to expressions of pain, and marriage as a coping mechanism.

– Blair and Eli Hansen, 2019

 

Cristine Brache (b. 1984, Miami, FL) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She received her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Solo exhibitions include those held at Fierman Gallery (New York and Puerto Rico); Essex Flowers (New York) and Guccivuitton at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Ritter Art Gallery (Boca Raton); Team Gallery (New York); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami); AA|LA (Los Angeles); Bow Arts, London; Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland; Quartier21, Vienna and the Museum of Moving Images, New York, among others.

 

Brad Phillips (b. 1974, Toronto, Ontario) is an artist and writer based in Toronto. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Allen & Eldridge, New York; Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo; Harper’s Books, East Hamptons; 8-11, Toronto; Louis B. James Gallery, New York; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver; Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel; and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. His work has been included in group shows at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva; Signs & Symbols, New York; Jessica Bradley, Toronto; The Hole, New York; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal. Phillips’ debut story collection, Never Forget to Not Forgive, was published by Tyrant Books in 2018. His work has appeared in various publications including Purple Fashion Magazine, Mousse, Art Forum, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, Bordercrossings, and Canadian Art.

Epithalamium

Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips

January 26 - March 9, 2019

EXHIBITION TEXT

Epithalamium installation view
Epithalamium installation view
Epithalamium installation view
Brad Phillips
Brad Phillips, January 2019, Age 44, Part 1, 2019
Oil on linen
24 x 36"
Cristine Brache
Beauty and Feelings are Such Bad Words, 2018
HD video
2 min. loop
Cristine Brache
'Till Death (Bed), 2019
Silicone, soil
17 x 60 x 7"
Brad Phillips
Dumb Tide, 2019
C-print
54.25 x 23.25"
Cristine Brache
I'm Sorry, 2019
Porcelain
57 x 74.75"
Brad Phillips
Last Extant Copy of Blushes Magazine, Issue 29 from Rambooks London, UK, 2017
Magazine, frame, white gold gilding
14 x 10.5"
Brad Phillips
Brad Phillips October 13, Age 44, 2018
Oil on canvas
16 x 20"
Cristine Brache
Pain Ruler, 2019
Maple, genuine silver leaf
1 x 37 x 0.25"
Cristine Brache
Holy Matrimony!, 2019
Perspex, acrylic paint, resin, porcelain, latex, electrical wiring
96 x 42 x 20"
Brad Phillips
Yves Saint Laurent, 2016
C-print on archival paper
18 x 14"
Brad Phillips
Door Number Two, 2017
Oil on canvas
12 x 16"

EXHIBITION TEXT

“One aspect of great pain – as acknowledged by those who have suffered it from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, and physiology, and, finally, as becomes obvious to common sense alone – is that it is to the individual experiencing it overwhelmingly present, more emphatically real than any other human experience, and yet is almost invisible to anyone else, unfelt and unknown.Even prolonged, agonized human screams, which press on the hearer’s consciousness in something of the same way pain presses on the consciousness of the person hurt, convey only a limited dimension of the sufferer’s experience.”

– Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain, 1985

 

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present Epithalamium, a two-person show with Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips, organized by Blair and Eli Hansen. The exhibition will be on view at AE2, January 26 through March 9th, with an opening reception on January 26, 6-8pm.

Taking its name from the epithalamium, a poem written for a bride, Cristine Brache and Brad Phillips, wife and husband artists, examine the potential of marriage, allowing their lived experience to speak to larger narratives of bodily trauma and mortality, while alluding to the intimate qualities of a unique partnership.

Pain has exterior indicators we can all recognize, chiefly via language. Yet language is often insufficient to adequately articulate, or empathize with, another’s suffering. Brache and Phillips transmit these difficult and impossible positions inside the language-based programs of culture, allowing for moments of vulnerability.

Art is supra-integral. Art is supra-personal. Art, like pain, is supra-linguistic. Epithalamium is about the fracture of language as it relates to expressions of pain, and marriage as a coping mechanism.

– Blair and Eli Hansen, 2019

 

Cristine Brache (b. 1984, Miami, FL) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She received her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Solo exhibitions include those held at Fierman Gallery (New York and Puerto Rico); Essex Flowers (New York) and Guccivuitton at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Ritter Art Gallery (Boca Raton); Team Gallery (New York); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami); AA|LA (Los Angeles); Bow Arts, London; Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland; Quartier21, Vienna and the Museum of Moving Images, New York, among others.

 

Brad Phillips (b. 1974, Toronto, Ontario) is an artist and writer based in Toronto. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Allen & Eldridge, New York; Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo; Harper’s Books, East Hamptons; 8-11, Toronto; Louis B. James Gallery, New York; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver; Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel; and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. His work has been included in group shows at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva; Signs & Symbols, New York; Jessica Bradley, Toronto; The Hole, New York; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal. Phillips’ debut story collection, Never Forget to Not Forgive, was published by Tyrant Books in 2018. His work has appeared in various publications including Purple Fashion Magazine, Mousse, Art Forum, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, Bordercrossings, and Canadian Art.

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