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Faculty artist offers multimedia exhibit in Chicago

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
8 November 2005

Art faculty member Gillian Brown recently concluded a two-month exhibit at FLATFILE galleries in Chicago.

As part of the two-person exhibit, titled 'Parallel Play,' Ms. Brown developed a new series of sculptures that incorporate translucent objects and surfaces onto which imagery from a single projector floats and multiplies.

The themes for her work include creation myths from around the world, recent scientific work on how existence comes into being (including cosmology and string theory), and her understanding of how something comes from nothing in one's consciousness and perception.

In one of her works a stream of metaphorically connected imagery, suggesting emergent thoughts, is projected on a translucent shell-shaped 'brain' suspended in a wire-frame head.

In her work titled 'The Beginning of Language,' a small wax and paper book resides in the throat behind a translucent fabric sculpture of a mouth and neck. Onto this book are projected images of birds flying off from the center whose flights are timed with the Sanskrit vowels being whispered on the soundtrack. They are mirrored Rorschach-like on both pages, suggesting both vocal chords and vertebrae, as they disappear.

Ms. Brown has exhibited across the United States, and her work is contained in the collections of Centre George Pompidou and the Bibliotheque National, Paris, The Seattle Art Museum, Andover, Princeton, and Cal Arts Museums, among others.

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