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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau
Carol K. Brown’s latest work Someplace Else consists of watercolor paintings and a series of hand drawings titled Modified Husband. This exhibition is a culmination of Brown’s desire for detail layered with humorous subject matter. Obsession seems to be the foundation of her artistic practice. There is nothing subtle about Brown’s humor.
Someplace Else explores memory and perception through intricate watercolor paintings. The environment of the watercolors invites the viewer to step into a dreamlike world. These paintings follow the path of a disappearing man traveling in a rich and beautiful but dubious space. The artist is dealing with the fullness of life, while the ground becomes shakier. There is nostalgia for a lush world that never actually existed. Her lighthearted series of drawings titled Modified Husband confronts aspects of absurdity within the aging process. Each work of art is the perfect balance of simplistic line drawing layered with detailed collage. The contrast between the effortlessness of hand drawn subject matter and the collaged detail highlights Brown’s brilliance with social commentary.
Carol K. Brown is an American visual artist based in both Miami and New York City. Beginning her career as a sculptor, her work has evolved through numerous phases: anthropomorphic abstractions, figurative paintings, and social commentary. Brown first exhibited in 1992 at the Nohra Haime Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Boise Art Museum; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, among others. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Miami Art Museum; the Jacksonville Art Museum; the Denver Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Frost Art Museum at FIU; and Miami-Dade Art in Public Spaces.
Dates: October 5th – November 4th 2023
Opening Reception: October 5th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Photos at the courtesy of: Steven P. Harris
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Carol K. Brown is a visual artist based in Miami and New York. Beginning her career as a sculptor, her work has evolved through numerous phases: anthropomorphic abstractions, figurative paintings, and social commentary. In the past few years, her focus has been on the subject of femininity and female self-perception, something we can see in her series Paperdolls, Revenge of the Paperdolls, and Las Conquistadoras.
Using irony and sarcasm as tools to give strength to her messages, she employs social references to compose her gallery of characters and themes. In her work she has noted pedestrians, homeless people, herself, real women in the arts, and even faceless characters to communicate her ideas, often misplacing them socially, historically and physically. This personal approach, and even the reconsideration of it in series such as Edgewater Ballroom, is one of the aspects that attract spectators towards her compositions.
Brown avidly explores traditional and new techniques. Photography, painting, video and installation are just some of the mediums she utilizes, often mixing two or more together. The wide spectrum of her technical research is a consequence of her ambivalence towards technology, a subject she often inserts into her work.
Brown’s art has a powerful relation to the viewer, with an everyday life intimacy that challenges us to re-read the subjects she presents and look for the subtle details that evaluate them.
Carol K. Brown has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Boise Art Museum; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, among others. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Miami Art Museum; the Jacksonville Art Museum; the Denver Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Frost Art Museum at FIU; and Miami-Dade Art in Public Spaces.
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