"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..."
(Exhibition & Dialogue with Virginia Broersma)

  • Grab Bag Studios 2626 East 10th Street Long Beach, CA, 90804 United States
  • Dinner: Saturday, 3 June, 5pm - 6:30pm (RSVP, private event)
  • Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, 3 June, 6:30pm - 9:00pm (No RSVP needed, public event)
  • Exhibition Period: 5 - 25 June 2017, open by appointment


Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar...", a collaboration with Long Beach-based artist and curator Virginia Broersma, facilitated by GBS co-founder Natalie Mik. The collaboration will manifest in a private dinner event followed by a public opening reception for a wall display featuring Broersma's latest paintings together with remnants of the dinner conversation. The public opening reception will be held on June 3rd, 6:30 pm - 9 pm and the exhibition will be on view until June 25th. 

When Natalie Mik asked Virginia Broersma to show her work for an exhibition at GBS, both quickly realized that collaborating on a conversation-based and process-oriented community project could be an interesting and challenging endeavor. As both artists who also work as curators, Broersma and Mik are interested in interdisciplinary dialogue. While Mik’s practice looks at art through the lenses of performativity, Broersma identifies herself primarily as a painter, yet through conversation, they found common ground with specific themes and motivations within their work.

"If we as artists are considering similar things, how do a painter and a performance artist collaborate/communicate? Is a translation needed between our mediums, and what would that be? If we are both dealing with (re)presentation but in different ways, what is the thing/idea/source we are representing - the thing we have in common perhaps?" (text from email exchange)

"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." creates artistic modes and strategies to these questions. Over the month of June, Mik and Broersma will begin the process of collaborating or perhaps better put, figuring out how to collaborate. The rules have to be reinvented. There will be no set goals, no formalized expectations but more willingness to trust each other. A dialogue with an experimental spirit and an openness to listen to each other will over the course of the month be documented in the space with remnants, notes, ideas, and unforeseen materializations.

On Saturday, June 3rd, their process opens to the public and the local art community. Grab Bag Studio invites you to join their conversation on how to collaborate. We will think about ideas of communication, cross-disciplinary work, how an idea materializes, how bridges are formed. Mik and Broersma found their common ground with themes surrounding the representation of the body and the collective archive and how these shape and define us as people.  Diverse points of view and perspectives on these topics are invited and welcomed.

Grab Bag Studio encourages experimentation, testing out ideas and developing community and this shared process will be a way of tracking the development of an idea. 

About Virginia Broersma:

Virginia Broersma lives and works in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Her primary focus as an artist is with issues surrounding the body and its representation. She has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles, as well in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, and Chicago among other US and international cities. Additionally, Broersma takes on select curatorial and writing projects that relate to her interests in the studio and in 2016 was jointly selected for the Emerging Curators Program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Broersma has been the recipient of several grants including funding from the California Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Puffin Foundation and was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago, IL, which she received in both 2010 and 2011. Broersma is also a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog.

mik broersma email convo
Virginia Broersma's studio (Image courtesy of Virginia Broersma)

Virginia Broersma's studio (Image courtesy of Virginia Broersma)