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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by Deborah Brown as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Deborah Brown works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a neighborhood she helped pioneer as an artist and where she started Storefront, one of the first artist-run galleries in the neighborhood. Her lecture titled "Deborah Brown: Bushwick Artist" will take place Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. 

Her recent paintings, Runaways, take the post-industrial landscape of her surroundings as the starting point for narrative works that portray a female protagonist, her dog, and various avian companions in pastoral and urban settings. The paintings are composed of thick slabs of paint applied with a palette knife, punctuated by linear passages and off-register color patches. Seen together, the work offers a fractured, brooding landscape, mirroring the internal psyche of the protagonist and channeling feelings of abjection, strength, and freedom. Through its direct embrace of personal narrative, Brown’s work offers a subtext of feminine empowerment and artistic discovery. Brown has an M.F.A. from Indiana University and a B.A. from Yale. Recent exhibitions include Lesley Heller Workspace, N.Y.; Mike Weiss Gallery, N.Y.; Life on Mars, Brooklyn, N.Y.; BravinLee programs, New York, N.Y.; and Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at GEARY Contemporary in September 2017.

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