Review, by Allison Gibson. June 26, 2010

I’m a sucker for a storyline involving a protagonist’s search for identity across generations and distant lands. More often than not this fascination is satisfied by reading a novel or watching a film, maybe listening to a three-verse country song. It’s not often that such a sprawling narrative emerges from within a work of art, but such is the case with the series of photographs by San Francisco-based artist Danielle Nelson Mourning in her debut solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba Gallery in Culver City.

Homecoming presents large-scale ink jet prints of the artist’s pilgrimage across the country and the Atlantic to understand herself and her ancestry. This is no documentary, though; Mourning has visited old family homes in Marks, Mississippi and Niagara Falls, New York to make self-portraits in which the self is more fictional than real. She assumes the dress and style of domestic women from decades past, recalling in part Cindy Sherman’s Complete Untitled Film Stills, though in a decidedly less aggressive way. Mourning goes to Ireland as well to recreate haunting scenes of life during the potato famine of 1845. The work is endearing in its earnest investigation of family history and self, and in its multidimensional presentation of women of certain eras and of domestic life. It seems to be an intensely personal practice, as if the project would mean as much to the artist regardless of whether it had an audience. Sometimes work comes across as so prepared for an audience that there is a paucity of the artist’s own identity, but there’s none of that here.

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Gallery owner Heather Taylor is featured as a “Tastemaker” in 944 Magazine’s annual May Picks issue. Read her interview below:


The Shifting Art Circuit of Los Angeles, by Alie Ward. May 19, 2010.

“…This Saturday night offers several receptions worthy of an art safari…San Francisco artist and filmmaker Danielle Nelson Mourning exhibits “Homecoming,” a lush body of color-saturated photography. Traveling between Niagara Falls, Mississippi and Ireland, Mourning places herself in the narratives and settings of her relatives, like Cindy Sherman digging through her ancestry archives, and the results are strikingly composed and heavy with nostalgia…”

CHRIS NATROP: The Huffington Post

“Blague d’Art: LA Galleray Array in May” by Peter Frank, May 2010.

“You’re still owed one (1) Euro-report, but first a string of Los Angeles recommendations, especially as these shows are ending imminently…I’ll drop back in on Chris Natrop’s vivacious installation of painterly drips hewn from cut paper, colored thread, fluorescent tubes, mirror, and diverse other materials.” Click HERE to read the entire article.


Kimberly Brooks is pleased to be participating in INCOGNITO at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Saturday, May 1, 7 – 10 pm.
For more information on the event, click HERE.



Mona Lisas, by Olga Ruiz, Vogue Espana April 2010.


KIMBERLY BROOKS: The Stylist Project, by Allison Gibson

March 17, 2010

The art world. It’s way more serious and important than every other industry! This thinking at least seems to persist even though the field of contemporary art has maintained an open flirtation with its sassy sister, the fashion industry, since long before even Andy Warhol trotted his wacky wigs around Studio 54 with the likes of Diane von Fürstenberg. There is a mutual fascination between the two fields, and yet it seems that the art world would prefer to keep its consorting with the fashion industry confined strictly to social events, rather than consider fashion (so low-brow!) as a worthy subject matter for actual works of art.

Los Angeles-based artist, Kimberly Brooks‘, current solo show at Taylor De Cordoba gallery in Culver City breaks with this norm to explore the intrigue of the fashion industry’s most iconic stylemakers—without the precept of farce or condemnation. The Stylist Project (on view through April 3rd) presents Brooks’ latest body of work—a series of oil painted portraits of fashion industry insiders, including stylist to the starts and Bravo TV fixture, Rachel Zoe, and award winning costume designer and Madonnaʼs personal stylist Arianne Phillips, among others.

The work on view blends the fields of art and fashion astutely, presenting the fashionable set as they have styled themselves, while at the same time drawing upon the ages-old artistic tradition of portraiture. The regal positions of some of the sitters recall Renaissance royals, and the sprawled poses of others touch on the early Modern depiction of courtesans, such as Edouard Manet’s Olympia

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KIMBERLY BROOKS: Los Angeles Times Magazine


Pop stars have fascinated contemporary artists for years—think Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton. Painter Kimberly Brooks now trains her eye on those who labor to make them popular. The Stylist Project includes portraits of L.A. tastemakers, including (clockwise from top left) celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, Rose Apodaca (co-owner of A+R) and costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Through April 3. Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-559-9156, taylordecordoba.com.

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