Brooks Frederick: Brooklyn Painter

 

The culture of south Louisiana is deeply tied to the water for natural resources, food, commerce and recreation. This artwork explores how that relationship was affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. Working directly with tar balls recovered from the Gulf Coast, Fredericks’ work features monumental portraits of fishing industry workers, as well as the artist's family and friends from Terrebonne and surrounding parishes - individuals who have been impacted by the spill.

The artist lets us directly encounter the material of the spill while inviting us to ask questions about the sustainability of our current practices. For the first time, the entire body of work will be seen in the community that inspired it. The show opens during the fourth anniversary of the spill and will be on exhibit for the duration of the time that oil was flowing from the well.

 

All images copyright Brooks Frederick 2013. All rights reserved