“Babies” are dangerous subject matter for contemporary artists. There’s a risk of falling into the pit of cute, trite or cliché. Nevertheless, Carol K. Brown has taken up the challenge. Using paintings, photographs and video, she skirts the line between “art” and “cute”. The work in this exhibition alludes to the overwhelming nature of parenthood and the subsequent loss of control of one’s offspring.
Brown’s career has been one of persistent reinvention—often with surprising results. There is, however, a consistent quirky, dark-sided approach to all her work. Beginning as a metal sculptor, Brown explored various media and her work evolved in numerous directions: anthropomorphic abstractions, figurative paintings and social commentary, but there has always been strength to her visual explorations.
Brown has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including The Beijing Biennial; The National Museum for Women in the Arts; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Denver Art Museum, and The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Numerous museums and public collections own her work, including: The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; The Frost Art Museum at FIU; The Perez Art Museum Miami; The University of Colorado, Boulder; The Tampa Art Museum; The Jacksonville Art Museum; The University of Florida, Gainesville; The Polk Museum of Art; The Memphis Brooks Art Museum; The Arkansas Art Center Museum of Art; The Denver Art Museum; The City of Orlando; and both The State of Florida and Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places programs.
Brown’s many solo exhibitions have included The Center for Fine Arts, Miami, (now PAMM); Nohra Haime Gallery, New York; Ambrosino and Frederic Snitzer Galleries, Miami; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Jacksonville Art Museum: and Lehman College, Bronx, NY.
Ms. Brown has been the recipient of several state and national grants, twice being awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an individual artist. She divides her time between Miami Beach and New York and is on the faculty of Miami’s New World