Saturday 7-10pm @ SALTWORKS // iona rozeal brown // mythologies and mash-ups

iona rozeal brown, a children’s story, 2009, Mixed media on panel, 60 x 48 in.
iona rozeal brown
mythologies and mash-ups

September 25 – November 6, 2010
Reception for the artist, Saturday, September 25, 7-10pm
Artist talk and book signing, Saturday, October 16, 1pm

SALTWORKS is pleased to present mythologies and mash-ups, new paintings by New York-based American artist, iona rozeal brown from September 25 to November 6, 2010.  This is brown’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

mythologies and mash-ups depicts an elaborately crafted universe of fantastical creatures with the purpose of creating an allegorical history rooted in African-American hip hop culture and synthesized with Japanese art historical and contemporary aesthetics.  The works are painted in flat planes of color and strong lines in the style of the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo period.  brown continues her investigation of the power of consumer society to undermine individual identity introduced in her highly successful Blackface series (2001-5).  This new body of work reads like an epic fable, lush and hallucinatory, in which lessons of the hip hop-era gods and goddesses are preached to the young, often falling on deaf ears.  The spiritual and the material worlds co-exist in a chaotic realm of good versus evil, which is at once contemporary and timeless.

iona rozeal brown received her MFA in painting fro the Yale University School of Art, and her BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.  brown also completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. brown currently lives and works in New York City.  She has had solo exhibitions at the following institutions: MOCA Cleveland, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Spelman College Museum of Art.  brown’s work has been acquired for the collections of the Norton Family Collection, the New Museum New York, NY, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Yale University,  the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL and the Hirshorm Museum, Washington, DC.  brown will have a solo exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011.
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