Erin M. Riley "8/bi/f/ma" @ Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn
Brilliant Champions Gallery is pleased to present 18/bi/f/ma, a solo exhibition of new works by Erin M. Riley. This collection of new tapestries, being the largest to date (some as large as 8 x 8 feet), captures traumatic moments of turmoil in the artists personal narrative, moments of her youth pre-smart phones, and images referencing a battle with Trichotillomania. A formidable de- piction of self portraits and the obsessive documentation of an image saturated life.
In past work, Riley has referenced found images online as well as her own photographs that address sex, social media and feminism. Influenced by the Instagram generation, her subjects have varied from iPhone nude selfies, screenshots of sexual positions and objects of woman- hood or sexuality.
While she continues the dialogue regarding stereotypes around women, feminism and sexual freedom, the exhibition18/bi/f/ma, focuses on Riley’s own personal memories, the knickknacks and tokens of her youth and loves lost. Among these memories is a self portrait of an explicit moment when the artist was rushing to meet with a 4am hookup that resulted in a gashed thigh from shaving. That incident sparked a recurrent, often obsessive routine of pubic grooming, some of which are depicted in the collection. The collection offers a visual dialogue that aims to challenge social spheres and stratification. To open that dialogue further, the artist will host pop up events including a panel discussion with leaders in the art industry around topics relating to the artist’s work and practices.