Julia Brown

Skin Trade

Artist’s Reception April 8 (Friday) 6 – 8 pm

Artist’s Talk April 9 (Saturday) noon

Julia Brown’s works are based on photographic and textual documents of subjects apprehended in acts of transgressing the boundary between the human and its others. The series Skin Trade explores scopic and haptic surfaces of desire. Comprised of oil paintings on linen and panel, and gouache and ink drawings, the works engage in hiding, collecting, and exposing; in commerce and voyeurism; in the illicit.  

Painting trades in flesh.  Its skin is the nearest safe distance to the other, for stalking frozen prey, and touching by proxy; for knowing.  – JB

Julia brown “Lucy” 2016 oil on linen on panel 20 x 24″

Julia Brown (b. 1978) creates paintings, videos, and works on paper exploring the politics of looking, the body as a site of cultural conflict, and the problems of representation.  She has exhibited in New York at Cabinet, Brooklyn, Ogilvy + Mather, Art in General, The Kitchen, Scaramouche Gallery, Harvestworks Media Festival, Talman + Monroe, LMAK Projects; in Los Angeles at LACE, Public Fiction, and Supersonic at Barnsdall Gallery; in Houston at Project Row Houses and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; in Dallas at McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Pollock Gallery at SMU, and Forth Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU; The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Real Art Ways, Hartford; internationally at The Gallery Apart, Rome, Via Farini, Milan, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Form Video, London, and Blank Projects, Cape Town.  This is her first exhibition at Devin Borden Gallery.
Brown received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006 and her BA in studio art from Williams College in 2000.  She was a 2010 recipient of the Epson Prize and the 2006 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting Award.  She has attended numerous residencies including The Core Program, The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, The Whitney Independent Study Program, the Fondazione Ratti, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a two time Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.  Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at George Washington University in Washington D.C.  Through May 6, 2016.

julia brown (l to r) “collection” 2014 “the Paper” 2013 “curator of exotic artists” 2014 oil on panel each 14 x 12″

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