RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 7-9pm
Jessica Brilli’s paintings take us back to an era when wood paneled station wagons were the preferred transportation of families across America, and having a cerulean tinted swimming pool with a diving board made you the most popular person in the neighborhood on a hot August day. “Carpool” is a collection of the artist’s latest paintings, and while each piece beckons Boomers and Gen Xers to “remember when”, all will delight from the nostalgic quality of Brilli’s vivid canvases and distinctive approach to portraying every day life.
Working in a style that encompasses American realism and 20th century graphic design aesthetics, Brilli’s paintings are inspired by Kodachrome slides and generations-old photographs gathered from yard sales and basements across America. Brilli brings a contemporary eye to subjects often overlooked or forgotten, and sees her paintings as a way of giving renewed life to images that haven’t been seen in decades. Having had no direct experience with the original images, the process of painting them takes on a different dimension for the artist. Brilli’s loose style and editing skills effectively direct us to the heart of the borrowed memories by removing identifying details, and allowing us to connect in our own personal way.
Brilli earned her BFA in painting at the University of Rhode Island, and received a certificate in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.
Meet the artist Friday August 2nd from 7 to 9pm.