SUPERCRASHER: COPY OF ZERO
Brown’s work plays in his own graphic and literary world filled of color-saturated imagery and signs.
He blurs, smashes – SUPERCRASHES – layers, type, text, symbols, drawings, logos, scribbles, scratches, colour fields, splotches, shapes, lines.
Similar to his commercial work as a graphic designer/magazine art director he engages precious thoughts, political slogans, heady soundbites, caustic conversations, silly statements, personal notes, grand proclamations, newsy bits, alien acronyms and English mumblings – all made on a hard surface 4 feet wide by 5 feet high.
Mining images from phones, cameras, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, mass-media, advertising, magazines, news, entertainment, the internet, and the art world –- he applies his understanding of the complex transactions of representation in the making of art.
With the collision of words and pictures [an agitated step-child of his design work] he has evolved a unique signature, sometimes tripping over the echoes of other signatures, that reverberates in the forever-evolving visual languages of our time. With each piece of 4×5 he attempts to find ‘his own antidote’ for life.
In a world of mass-duplications and digital copies, what appeals to Brown the most is that a work of art, is only one single piece of original work – a Copy Of Zero. There can be copies, sure. In the art world there are heaps of duplications: posters, books, postcards, over-sized t-shirts and even crass ties. But the original piece is a singular work of art – and this to Brown holds an authentic and legitimate place.
His work is iconic. Ironic. Often humourous. And sometimes dour.
But always – Terribly, Terribly, True.
DeLEON WHITE GALLERY
Queen + Dovercourt, Toronto
3 YEARS of GOD & GOO
July 22 to August 21 2004
33 paintings, 48″ x 60″, acrylic, oil, house paint and graphite on wood.
21 selected works → here
TAAFI [Toronto Alternative Art Fair International]
THE DRAKE HOTEL 2004 – First artist to exhibit in the lobby of the hotel.
MOCCA [Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art]