Education

B. A. Fine Arts Bard College

 

Exhibitions

•2017  532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel WINTER SALON

            Offline at Central Booking NYC  PROTEST SHOW        

•2016   ART Miami  VELLUM PROJECTS

            Offline at Central Booking NYC PAPER MONUMENT

            532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel WINTER SALON

2015   Smith & Jones Art Brooklyn NY Conversation, Bacchanalia

             Offline at Central Booking, The Elements of Desire  

•2014  Vellum Projects, Burn, Whether Again, Far Rockaway, 

            532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, PAINTINGS and SCULPTURE

•2013  Station Independent, NYC, Summer Break curated by Leah                   Oates

         Vellum Projects, Brooklyn, NY, site installations, Glo_stallation,               Candy_land skydrop 

•2012 Vellum Projects, Sonic 9, Crazy Ghost Fish, curated by Stephanie Young,

•History Lessons, Brooklyn, NY, curated by David Gibson Article Projects,

•Whitebox, New York, NY, Benefit to Honor Ai Wei Wei

•2011 Pearlescent, Marcy Brafman Paintings, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaecekel, New York, NY

•Ode on Melancholy, Janinebean Gallery, Berlin, Germany, courtesy 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

•Drawing with Pictures, New York, NY, curated by Article Projects David Gibson

•Vellum 6 Pop Up, Brooklyn NY

•Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

•2010 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

•Autosemblematic, Local Project, LIC, NY, curated by Jennifer Junkermeier

•2009 Paper in the Wind, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY

•Backroom Biennial, NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY

•Brooklyn Artillery, Brooklyn NY, curated by David Gibson

•Quixotic Beast, Vellum Projects, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Stephanie Young

•2008 Truth or Consequences, Marcy Brafman Paintings, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NYC

•Bronx River Art Center, site mural, Metropoles Art in Action, Bronx, NY, curated by Jose Ruiz

•Inaugural Exhibition, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NYC

•2007 Kinz, Tillou, Feigen, New York, NY, By Invitation Only

•Meet Qute, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY, co-curated with Elizabeth Heskin

•Girls Gone Wild, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Conn.

•Vellum Projects @Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, NY

•2006 War:  What is it Good For? BK Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Cleveland, Ohio, curated by Lyz Bly.

•2005 Realform Projects, Face Value, Brooklyn, NY curated by David Gibson

•Culture Vulture, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

The paintings of Marcy Brafman can be considered empathic gestures. They deal with situations which are inherently symbolic, sometimes taking on the symbol as an icon, and sometimes mining it for its humanistic traits mired in narrative that exist outside of fine arts but not outside of the human condition. This is what proves the nobility of her endeavor to transmute abandoned symbols into devotional gestures.  She recognizes that our world is a Pandora’s box of humanistic concerns, and that it is art’s role to provide a last dollop of hope.

-D.Gibson

 

These are paintings born of Jackson Pollock, the end of nature, comic strips, cartoons, rock n roll, John Singer Sargent and a long toxic immersion in the living billboard of electronic and digital life. They are mixmastered with Marshall McLuhan, Velazquez, Karl Marx, Thorsten Veblen, daytime television, and motion poetry on the streets and roads, the great American highway of picture, image, word. 

 

Bibliography

 

•Young, Stephanie Vellum #12 color plates 2014

•Oates, Leah. Marcy Brafman Interviewed by Leah Oates, NY Arts Magazine, April 2013

•Mahoney, Robert. “Marcy Brafman,Taming the Troll,” Vellum Arts Newsletter 2013

•Hrbacek, Mary. ”Marcy Brafman’s Enamel Paintings,” Review of “Pearlescent” NY ArtBeat,

•NY Arts & Art Fairs International 2011

•Berlin Tip Magazin, Review of “Ode on Melancholy,” 2012

•Gibson, David. “Devotion in Motion, The Paintings of Marcy Brafman,” Vellum Arts Magazine #6, pps. 8-11 color illustration, 2010

•Young, Stephanie.  Vellum Magazine #5, 6, 9, 10 (color illustrations) 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012

•Junkermeier, Jennifer. “Autosemblematic,” exhibition catalogue, 2010 

•Gibson, David. “The Backroom Biennial,” exhibition statement, NY Studio Gallery, 2010

•Wright, Jeff. “532 Gallery Inaugural Exhibition,” Review, Chelsea Now! 2008