“This has been, to put it mildly, a challenging year. There is no need to enumerate the horrors and difficulties the whole planet is enduring in 2020. We are all living it together through the ever-present media talk-talk-talk that bombards us daily. It can suck to be an adult.
But what if I could lead you to a place of boundless imagination? Where the expansiveness of the sky is married to the delicate intimacy of flowers. I invite you explore in a place beyond words, to pause for a bit and rest in the details.”
– Karen Hochman Brown
Los Angeles artist Karen Hochman Brown’s solo exhibition, Unspoken Word: BEYOND, TAG Gallery [November 3-28, 2020] ]presents us with large-scale digitally manipulated representations of an imagined, beautiful, and glorious Mother Nature.
“When the realities of ‘sheltering in place’ sunk in, I began traveling through memories of other times and places via my photographic archives. The cloud imagery comes from around the globe, from the sea to the mountaintop. The flowers are from gardens closer to home. I mold the images using ArtMatic Designer by U&I Software, a modular graphics synthesizer program, to create distortions and reflections of my photographs. I finish my work using Adobe Photoshop to assemble and augment the layers into digital collages.
Because I work on a computer, the image I see is bright. There are pixels shining in my face as I create. As a result, I oftentimes choose to print my exhibition pieces on either aluminum or as digital prints laminated to a ¼-inch sheet of acrylic. These substrates mimic the brightness I see on my monitor. For this collection, I chose large-format acrylic prints for this exhibition to enhance the magnificence of the cloudscapes. The artwork floats on the wall without a frame. The polished edges of the acrylic reflect the encased artwork adding an extra illusion of depth. To complement the large pieces, I have continued to play with transparency and depth by creating small mixed media pieces with paper and resin on wood panel.”
About Karen Hochman Brown
Karen Hochman Brown is a Los Angeles-based photographer using software to manipulate her photographic images. In her signature style, Hochman Brown bends nature photographs into multi-layered kaleidoscopic constructs. The work is sensitive to the inherent beauty of the subjects as she strives to magnify that quality through focus and repetition. The resulting geometric forms resonate in harmony and discord, creating unique energies. Other work includes a process she calls synthesized photography. The work is a collaboration between her vision and the possibilities available through the pallet of graphics software.
Hochman Brown studied art at Pitzer College, California College of Art and Art Center College of Design, but self-developed her processes through experimentation, relying heavily on skills learned as a graphic designer. Inspirations include Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte.
Hochman Brown has had solo shows with Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara, CA, Gallery 825 and TAG Gallery Los Angeles, California Center for Digital Art, Santa Ana, CA, The Gallery at Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ. She has participated in numerous group shows in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States.
Video tours of Unspoken Word: BEYOND
Unspoken Word: BEYOND was exhibited at TAG Gallery in Los Angeles from November 3 – November 28, 2020
5458 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036