BROODWORK's first curatorial project, at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock from May 23-June 21, 2009.

The concept for this exhibition arose from the personal experiences of the curators reconceiving their creative practices after becoming parents. Parenthood changes everyone; however, since creative practitioners invent out of their own understanding, the issues surrounding the complete life change of parenthood give rise to specific opportunities for rethinking and reconsidering. Is creativity fostered by proximity with an innocent, uninformed person? Are creative questions previously thought sufficiently answered suddenly asked anew? The curators realized that there was a large unspoken community of distinguished artists, architects and designers whose circumstances had initiated a perspectival shift; they named their output BROODWORK.

BROODWORK cannot be classified along lines of gender, content or medium, but there are defining characteristics that often appear, even indirectly. The Families and Work Institute in NYC reports that families today spend significantly more time with their children than even a decade ago. This aligns with a change in methodology in the creative practices: work gets produced in small increments of time, projects are conceived as an accumulation of parts, work is made collaboratively. Thematically, there exists an increased social consciousness, where ethical and environmental issues become a focus or an ancillary concern. Some work navigates the landscape of the child and childhood from the regard of a creative person who is a parent. Illustrative is that none of the participants had previously self-described their output within the context of parenthood. BROODWORK gives the diverse art and design work a non-hierarchical environment to showcase a collective overall shrewd and expectant sensibility that express a heady optimism of investment in the future [generation] contextualized by exacting honesty and humility.

There is also a Reading Party on June 9th with Laurence Dumortier, Ann Faison, Katrina Rivers, Julia Salazar, and Carol Treadwell. Party starts at 8. Reading starts at 9.

DJ Music by Dave Muller. BROODWORK is sponsoring a screening of Dante’s Inferno, the award-winning film from Sandow Birk, Sean Meredith and Paul Zaloom on June 11th at 8 p.m.

Participants include: Hadley & Peter Arnold, Barbara Bestor, Julliette Bellocq, Kim Colin/Industrial Facility, David Fletcher, Iris Anna Regn & Tim Durfee, Linda Taalman & Alan Koch, Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio, Jemima Brown, Rebecca Campbell, Jamison Carter, Seonna Hong, Soo Kim, Brandon Lattu, Rebecca Niederlander, Laura Owens & Edgar Bryan, Michael Pierzynski, Eli Pulsinelli & Allen Compton, Lucas Reiner, Denise Uyehara & Natalie Nguyen, Alexis Weidig, Patty Wickman, and Patrick Wilson.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Green to Grow; Laura Gabbert, director/producer of the feature documentary No Impact Man; Cristi Lyon for Pomegranate Glass; Little Flower Candy Co. Café; Plan it Green Printing; Café de Leche, Peekaboo Playland, Eagle Rock Studios, Columbo’s Restaurant, Zen Dog Man Fabrication and Design, Read Books, UnCurry, and Mia Sushi.

All printed identities for this exhibit designed by Handbuilt.