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.