Judith Brassard Brown‘s new solo exhibition, Smallish, features new paintings and a word/image catalog that she authored. The burnished, tiny, egg tempera paintings continue Brown’s tendency to resolve conflict and seemingly disparate entities through image-building, whether written, collaged, or painted. In her hands, memories and small revelations coexist with ancient concerns; multiple, subjective realities coexist to form a more robust hold on both reality and daydreams.
One of her poems accompanies the painting Ridiculous:
Sometimes, things are just silly or unexpected.
Like this hill I saw this past November.
red and green like Christmas,
tied with a ribbon of road with teeny bows
imitating trees on the tippy top and falling off the side.
Respite from other random, more disturbing offerings
which only increases my pleasure.
Parts of this series were published in this year’s Spring Review of Four Way Books, a biannual electronic literary journal from the non-profit, independent literary publisher Four Way Books. The album of paintings may be viewed at this link: http://fourwayreview.com/artwork-by-judith-brassard-brown/
The artist is also exhibiting her work in Double Visions at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury from May 2nd-September 4th, 2016. This show features twelve artists from the museum’s permanent collection, alongside work by a guest artist invited by each participant.
Brown’s guest is Montserrat College of Art graduate Catalina Viejo. Other exhibiting artists include Phyllis Berman, Marilu Swett; George Nick, Julia von Metzch, Eric Aho, Dorothy Krause, Jessica Strauss, Antoinette Winters and Chris Gustin.
Smallish is on view from July 1st-31st, 2016. The Opening Reception is First Friday, July 1st, 5:30-8:00 pm.
Judith Brassard Brown is represented by Kingston Gallery in Boston with solo and group shows in the US and in Europe. She is a professor at Montserrat College of Art where she teaches painting and drawing. She founded their Summer Intensive Studios in Viterbo, Italy, returning most summers as faculty. Follow her on Instagram @judithbrassardbrown and visit her website at www.judithbrassardbrown.com