March 26, 2008

Deborah Brown loves animals

At artnet, blogaphobic Charlie Finch writes that his old pal Deborah Brown has captured the feeling of Pier 25 and other natural NYC sites in a new series of paintings at Lesley Heller Gallery. "These paintings arrive none too soon, as tacky glass high-rises obliterate much of the sparse nature of familiar New York. Now the cranes tend to topple rather than spread their wings and fly. Brown’s painting 'Gowanus,' for example, profiles a cormorant against the sunset drenched canal of that name. 'San Remo' shows a solitary hawk skimming one of the West Side’s classic sandstone buildings. 'Tram' depicts one majestic pigeon embarking via skytrain for Roosevelt Island. Brown has always been a minimal portraitist of the single animal; her compassion far outstrips that of Mother Nature. But our new New York situation draws a new message from her cozy, familiar tropes: New York resident, that pigeon is you!" Read more.

"Deborah Brown," Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY. March 28 through Apr. 26.

1 comments:

I happened to stop into Brown's new gallery show on the Upper East Side. The work is as much social commentary on our relationship with an ever-diminishing natural environment as it is a reflection of Brown's emotional attachment to animals and nature. It reminds me of her whimsical subway station, my favorite of all of the stations, at Houston and Varick on the #1 train. EJP

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