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Christie Neptune, she fell from normalcy

November 18 to December 14, 2017, Opening: 6 to 8 pm.

RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Christie Neptune. Neptune creates counter-narratives which examine pedagogies of resistance, black subjectivity and the nuances of identity construction amongst marginalized female bodies of color. 

She Fell From Normalcy is the second installment of Christie Neptune’s multi-media series, Eye Of The Storm. It is a body of work that examines how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experience. Working across photography and video, Neptune critiques hegemonic systems of whiteness that shape one’s definition of “self”, and in She Fell From Normalcy, places particular emphasis on the emotional and mental health of people of color. As subject, Neptune employs two females trapped in a sterile, white environment in which they are controlled by an unseen presence; it is only after a cataclysmic break in the system that the females are granted clarity and self-recognition. In this afro-surrealist world, their bodies are reduced to mechanical, functional flesh, unable to break away from the gaze of the camera. Within this matrix-like construct, Neptune references an absent mythical norm defined by the Black feminist, Audre Lorde  as ““white, thin, male, young, heterosexual, Christian, and financially secure.” Instead, the bodies become a site around blackness, femininity, and psychological spaces. In the video piece ““Ms. _______ (Interior)”, Neptune explores black subjectivity as a platform for quiet resistance. Through convoluted portraits of anonymous black women poised in fluorescent illumination and wiring, she warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her subject’s inaccessible psychological life.

Christie Neptune (b. 1986, Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist working across film, photography, mixed media and performance arts. Neptune holds a BA from Fordham University (New York, NY). Her films and photography have been included in shows at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC (2017);  Washington College, Chestertown, MD (2017); the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015); and Rutgers, Institute for Women and Art (2014). She has been featured in publications including The Creator’s Project and Juxtapoze Magazine. Neptune is a 2015 participant of More Art’s Engaging Artists Residency and a cohort of the Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship Program. She has been recently awarded the Bronx Museum of Arts Artist in Marketplace (AIM) and 2017 Smack Mellon Studio Fellowship.