Brown is primarily known for vigorous, large-scale oils that blur the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, or, perhaps more accurately, render figures in abstract terms; her snaking, libertine incrassations make steaming hash of the Renaissance, unmooring pathos and narrative from their stodgy compositional prerequisites. Her dynamic canvases transform paint into flesh, using viscera as the groundwork for commentary on desire in all its shimmering, fractious ambiguity.
Drawing on the ethos of predecessors like de Kooning, Brown subverts painterly conventions of the female nude by invoking the grotesque, the repugnant, and the ineffable. Still, there’s no shortage of generosity and humor in Brown’s work, and her signature harshness never gives way to cruelty, preferring instead to articulate the shared existential mire of human embodiment. Bodies, not just gorgeous or sinful ones, are faulty, and gross, and so often needless; Brown does not shy away from our frailties, but rather constellates them, and her edgeless testaments to want and its discontents pulsed far too loud to avoid notice.
NORTH X NORTHWEST BILLINGS, MONTANA
Featured: Susan Stone, A Congress of Crows 2019
Below: Justin W John, Two Can Play At This 2019
Sixty works of art, selected from more than 500 entries, are exhibited through October during the Yellowstone Art Museum’s first North x Northwest art exhibition.
Works of art from 18 states, including painting, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and photography, were selected by juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
Andrews narrowed her selections to “museum-quality work, demonstrated by a high level of skill in technique, composition and presentation that would pique the interest and curiosity of the viewer,” she described in a press release.
According to Bryan W. Knicely, executive director of the Yellowstone Art Museum, the inaugural event offers a “sampling of the outstanding cultural programs and events that the BCP organizations have to offer each year,” ranging from art to film and music to theatre.
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17th Annual Juried Exhibition
July 1 — 27th
ART SOURCE GALLERY
1015 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
Opening reception on Thursday, July 11th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This annual summer event is open to artists nationally who are not regular members of the Gallery. This gives the Treasure Valley a wonderful opportunity to see new and different fine art.
Jurors this year are Debbie Hughbanks, an accomplished artist from northeastern Washington who is a Master Signature member of Women Artists of the West, and Allen Malaise, a talented sculptor of wild life in bronze, juror for the 3-D artworks.
From the 46 nationwide applicants, the jurors selected pieces for both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional works representing a diverse range of media, style and expression sure to impress any art aficionado.
Awards total $1150 and will be announced in the Gallery at 6:30 pm.
Music by JB Duo.