Sanctuary 21c is a collaboration between painter Sebastiaan Bremer and musician-composer Josephine Wiggs to make a space for living and creating. Bremer is best known for his paintings using archival family photographs; Wiggs is the bass player in the band The Breeders. In the mid-1990’s the two shared a loft in Chelsea, New York City – a space which was sparsely furnished with items found on the street, and where the ambiance was created by use of a yellow light bulb above the kitchen sink, and a red one in the shower.
Sanctuary 21c is the latest evolution of installations that Bremer has presented in Houston and in New York City described below, in which the artist and his collaborators created studio space to make art and play and record music. For 21c Nashville, Bremer has designed a space that combines components of a music recording studio with antique mirrors, tilework, urban signage, as well as his own artwork to create a Sanctuary that breaks down barriers between art and music, art and life, and artist and audience, as guests become participants, exploring self-expression, experimentation, and artistic collaboration. In furnishing and arranging the rooms, Bremer’s style is eclectic, inclusive, egalitarian, tempered by Wiggs’s more minimal sensibility. In the bedroom/painting room are paints and inks from Bremer’s Brooklyn studio. Instruments from Wiggs’s home studio are installed in the living room/music room.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sebastiaan Bremer was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1970. He attended the open studio program at the Vrije Academie in The Hague from 1989 until 1991.He received the Werkbeurs Grant from FBKVB in Holland and moved to New York in 1992, where he worked as the assistant to several artists, including the photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In 1998, Bremer attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings, and drawing directly on photographs, the style which he continues to use today. Bremer’s work is represented in collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Zabludowicz Trust, London; The Rabobank collection, The Netherlands; AKZO Nobel collection, The Netherlands; Lodeveans Contemporary LLP, London; and the Berger Collection, Zurich. Sebastiaan Bremer’s artwork has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; MoMA PS1, New York; and at Het Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. He has had solo exhibitions at Air de Paris; Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin; Roebling Hall, New York; James Fuentes, New York; BravinLee Programs, New York; Hales Gallery, London; Mia Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm; Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, and Zurich.
Josephine Wiggs is a musician and composer. She is a bassist and a founding member of The Breeders, with whom she has recorded three albums, including an upcoming new release. Early on, Wiggs who was born and raised in England played with the Velvets-inspired art rock band Perfect Disaster, recording three albums with them. Over the years, she has also collaborated with Spacemen3/Spiritualized drummer Jon Mattock, producing Honey Tongue and BonBon Lifestyle with him. Together with Vivian Trimble, formerly of Luscious Jackson, she released the album Dusty Trails, an homage to classic film soundtracks. Since 2000, Wiggs has also written music for live performance, art installations, and feature-length film. That diverse body of work, which has been shown internationally, includes several pieces to accompany dance or experimental film by the highly regarded duo chameckilerner, work by the video artist Zohar Kfir, and soundtracks for the feature films Piggie by Alison Bagnall, Happy Accidents by Brad Anderson, Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan, and the documentary Built on Narrow Land.