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Maggi Brown:
New Paintings

June 8, 2013 – July 23, 2013
Maggi Brown:
New Paintings

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Barbara Krakow Gallery is proud to announce our eighth solo exhibition with Cambridge-based Maggi Brown. Maggi Brown’s most recent paintings incorporate illegible writing-like scrawl, dense layers of oil paint and the occasional mark of graphite that takes its clearest role in “Tangerine Storm”, the first painting in the group.

Since her first exhibition, Brown has always focused on the physicality of her surfaces. Whether incorporating foreign objects into the paint (Ginko leaves, sand & cotton string, among others) or building up her surfaces via painting, scraping, scratching, overlaying and glazing, the artist creates powerful visual statements that form connections between things that are seemingly opposed – writing versus painting, surface versus depth, new versus old, etcetera. It is key, though, to recognize that those oppositions do not compete on Brown’s canvases but instead converse, thus providing new illuminations as to how surface, form and color can create what – seems like an oxymoron – variegated consistency.

This idea leads back to an examination of the works. How does one take a unified, peaceful canvas of soft pale tones and make it intensely active? How does one build up layer after layer, only to tear it down to find that part of what lay before actually is key to combine with the newest elements? How does one write, draw and paint on a single surface with such harmony and yet there is so much activity that one’s eyes can never rest in just one spot? The works in the current exhibition answer those, and many other questions.

Works In Exhibition

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Stand

Maggi Brown Stand 2013 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
48 x 50 inches  (121.9 x 127 cm)
(Inventory #25394)

Whiteout

Maggi Brown Whiteout 2013 Oil and graphite on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
48 x 48 inches  (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
(Inventory #25390)

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Gold Rush

Maggi Brown Gold Rush 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
26 x 28 inches  (66 x 71.1 cm)
(Inventory #25395)

Lose the Day Lilies

Maggi Brown Lose the Day Lilies 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
26 x 28 inches  (66 x 71.1 cm)
(Inventory #25393)

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Shape Shifters

Maggi Brown Shape Shifters 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
48 x 50 inches  (121.9 x 127 cm)
(Inventory #25391)

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Tangerine Storm

Maggi Brown Tangerine Storm 2012 Oil and graphite on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
48 x 50 inches  (121.9 x 127 cm)
(Inventory #25396)

Turning Pink

Maggi Brown Turning Pink 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
22 x 18 inches (55.9 x 45.7 cm)
(Inventory #25392)