Bromer Gallery is pleased to begin the new year by hosting Stephanie Brody-Lederman in “The Time They Once Had,” an exhibit of her paintings and unique artist's books. Each instance of Brody-Lederman’s work presents a collage of media, text, and image. Ephemeral strands of language float alongside familiar images and the occasional found object in order to explore the poetry of daily life. It is a visual writer’s notebook, the randomness of the everyday woven into a larger narrative. The distressed surfaces of the paintings and the raw, brutish layer over her books offer an excavation of memory, inviting the audience to dig up the past and find connection, nostalgic but unfiltered, and to find meaning in what they had at one time considered superficial.
Stephanie Brody-Lederman is a New York artist whose work is best described, though still insufficiently, as l’art brut. Her pieces, textured in both peeling paint and overwhelming emotion, have been shown throughout the world, including the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Musée Bourdelle, and have been featured on the covers of The Paris Review #160 and L’Oeil magazine.