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Gabe Brown

Open Water Dark Land

May 3 - June 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3rd, 4 - 6 PM

Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown’s multilayered paintings combine a narrative of personal experience with colorful landscapes where geometric forms mix with the natural and man-made worlds of birds, ships and swirling teardrop rainbows. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary, discerning the detail of things often overlooked, noticing everyday events such as conversations between birds and the cellular structure of plant life.”  Her invented visual metaphors of representational and abstract forms create a strange world, depicted with a sense of whimsy and optimism, yet a serious appreciation of the bigger story.  She says: “Art is like magic, an illusion created by the force of humanity. Our choices in life can be amazing portals for adventure. For me, these portals present themselves through the process of painting: researching potent images, configuring them on canvas, and struggling to imbue them with a sense of myself and my own wonder at the enormous complexity of the world. …I hope that my painting is a secret recipe for creating an inner landscape of the human condition; narrative vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious. Nature, and those things existing in nature become metaphors for a strange and at times super reality, a parallel universe that questions the natural scheme of life itself.”

Gabe Brown studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, and earned a BFA from Cooper Union, New York, and MFA from the University of California, Davis, CA. She has had solo exhibitions at R&F Gallery, Kingston, NY; Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY; University Gallery, University of Wisconsin; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY; Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY and Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY.  She has shown her work regionally and nationally in group exhibitions at KMOCA, Kingston, NY; Horticultural Society of New York, NYC; Art Center of The Capital Region, Troy, NY; One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY; Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; Albany International Airport Gallery and Albany Art Center Galleries. Her awards include a Residency Fellowship at Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Redwing, MN; SOS Grant, New York Foundation for The Arts; Binney and Smith Fine Art Achievement Award, Materials Grant; Betty Golden Prize for Excellence in Art; and a Full Fellowship at Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.  She currently lives and works in Kingston, NY. Learn more about her work at www.gabebrownstudio.com.

This exhibition is funded in part by Hacker Boat Company, Inc., and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.

 

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