University of Iowa News Release
Nov. 5, 2005
photo: Trouble in Tiny Town, 2000; oil on canvas; 70 x 68” by Alex Brown
Alex Brown, a painter from Des Moines, will present a lecture on his work at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building. His lecture will be free and open to the public.
As a visitor in the UI School of Art and Art History, Brown will also meet individually with graduate students in the school's painting area on Friday, Nov. 12.
Michael Watts, director of the Tarble Arts Center at eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., explained that Brown paints images that resemble digital photographs that have been manipulated. "He doesn't use software to specifically create the image," Watts said, "But he may use (software) to make a filter for the image."
After the image is broken down into patterns, Brown reconstructs the image onto his painting. "It's broken down through a patterning process," Watts said. "At first glance you don't think there's much there. The image is there but you just don't see it immediately.
"He wants you to look 'for' the image not 'at' the image. Once you look at his pieces, you will understand that right away."
Brown said he hopes the viewer will "fall into . . . less recognizable moments" compared to the experience of looking at a "more straightforward work."
Brown holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in New York. His work has been exhibited all over the country including the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Palm Beach Fla. and internationally in Ghent, Belgium and Montreal.
He had a one-person show earlier this year at the Des Moines Arts Center, and previous one-person shows in Miami and Montreal. In 2000 he received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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