On April 16th, the Brooklyn Museum
will host its fourth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball in celebration of the borough’s creative community. Leading up to the event—which honors artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Kehinde Wiley, and features a benefit auction, dinner, and dancing—we invite you to learn more about the artists who’ve contributed to the cause:
American artist Marianne Vitale is concerned with process of deterioration and the act of repurposing discarded materials. For example, in her recent sculptures—made from reclaimed lumber—her series entitled “Markers” (2011) is comprised of weathered wood headstones devoid of inscriptions or epitaphs, while in “False Fronts” (2011) Vitale reconstructs the facades of aged barns and outhouses. In both, the artist references the passage of time by virtue of the natural decomposition of her materials, often associated with the decaying monuments one might find littered throughout America’s ghost towns.