BROODWORK

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BROODWORK is a social practice art and design project based in Los Angeles and founded in 2009 by visual artist Rebecca Niederlander and architect Iris Anna Regn. BROODWORK's projects involve an expansive network of artists and allies whose work "realized an unexpected perspectival shift after becoming parents."[1] Notable participants include individuals from various creative fields, including poet Elizabeth Alexander, writer and documentarian Alain de Botton, author and Families and Work Institute founder Ellen Galinsky, sculptor Tim Hawkinson, and architect Greg Lynn.

Overview

BROODWORK names the previously undefined community, creative practitioners who are parents, and through collective means, investigates and presents its artistic practices and products. The individuals included in BROODWORK are artists, designers and architects as well as creatives from allied fields, particularly education and literature. BROODWORK's projects are often experiments in Interdisciplinarity that investigate the way in which family life impacts the time and space possible for creative work, the environment of creative work, and changing ideas of audience as artists communicate family to family and parent to child.

As a social practice entity, much of the creative output of BROODWORK consists of events, actions, or conversations, as well the exhibition of static objects such as sculptures and paintings. This reflects the group's emphasis on expanding its conversation outside the museum walls. This also reflects the group's emphasis on the politics of time as they apply to creative parents. Speaking to the latter topic in a 2009 interview in Coagula Art Journal Niederlander states: "Creativity happens in shorter bursts. Before children, you can be much more chaotic with production. You can spend time exploring any avenue that comes into your mind."[2]

While adults are their primary audience, BROODWORK's projects, particularly workshops and installations, are often designed for the two audiences of adults and children, which is atypical for a contemporary art entity whose nature is not wholly pedagogic. Some of BROODWORK's events involve parent-child interaction.

Exhibition History

BROODWORK has presented several major exhibitions since 2009, at venues including the Otis College of Art and Design, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Trajector Art Fair (Brussels), and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. These exhibitions range from large group exhibitions featuring many artists, to smaller, thematic projects featuring 3-4 artists. Founders Niederlander and Regn act in diverse roles as curators, artist organizers, and artists. Typical for a social practice entity, some of BROODWORK's projects have also been realized in non-gallery/museum spaces and via radio, or do not involve any object-making practice at all.

Participants

In addition to its co-founders, Rebecca Niederlander and Iris Anna Regn, BROODWORK's organizational structure also includes four advisors: artist and Museum Director Tibbie Dunbar, Families and Work Institute founder Ellen Galinsky, artist-educator Asuka Hisa, and Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) founder Phillip Yenawine. BROODWORK has also acted as an advisor and collaborator to other entities and projects including the Architecture and Design Museum, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Social Practices Art Network (SPAN). The group's articles for the Herman Miller Company's LifeWork Blog[3] are demonstrative of the group's ongoing participation in a public dialog of work-life balance issues.

Within BROODWORK's own projects, collaborating artists and creatives vary from project to project, with many artists participating in multiple projects. Due to BROODWORK's emphasis on family, several collaborators have participated alongside their partners or spouses. Below is a complete listing of the collaborators who have participated in BROODWORK projects since its inception.

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Publications

  • BROODWORK: It's About Time. OTIS College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, California. 2012.[4]

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