Virtual Still Life
630 Greenwich Street
June 25 - August 7, 2015
Opening Reception June 25th 6-8pm
Maccarone is pleased to present Virtual Still Life, an exhibition
of late works by Roger Brown. Born and raised in rural Alabama,
Brown attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the
1960s and became closely associated with the Chicago Imagists.
After working and living for decades in the Midwest, Brown
established a home in La Conchita, California, where he would
come to create his Virtual Still Life series, a cohesive body of
27 painting-and-object works, 11 of which are included in this
Conceived in the mid-1990s, this series came to Brown as computer
media was beginning to have a powerful influence on contemporary
visual culture. Reacting to the then-current rage for virtual
reality technology, Brown was perplexed by the idea that the
virtual could be more compelling than real experience.
Although earlier in his career Brown had created paintings on
found objects or with such objects attached, these pieces pair
Brown's distinctive patterned landscapes with an assortment of
20th century American ceramics. By placing his diminutive,
vernacular thrift store wares on shelves extending from the
frames' bottoms, Brown puts them in dialogue with the pictorial
narrative contexts he created for them. Thus, these works merge
Brown's lifelong painting practice with his domestic habit of
collecting and arranging objects in personally resonant narrative
formations. In this mixture of 2D and 3D elements, the viewer
comes to see the objects as flat and the landscapes, which lack a
single horizon line, as deep space. In these "virtual" still
lifes, the real and the pictorial blur together, becoming
reliquaries in celebration of real experience.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with DC Moore
Gallery, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, and has been
organized with Jay Gorney.
For further information, please contact Ashton Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 431 4977.