In her first solo exhibition at Carter & Citizen, Heather Brown reveals her preoccupation with the expansion and contraction of meanings that exists alongside the many layers of context assigned to an object throughout its life. In Ruins, a haunted presence informs the content while existing on the physical surface of the paintings. Brown’s sources range from Art Deco to Mayan relief and decoration, as evident in her rough and craggy geometric abstraction.
Brown considers painting a battle over space, which she demonstrates by absorbing, processing and depositing multiple layers of meaning and paint in the work. Some layers become indecipherable from one another, while others are clearly distinguished. These paintings wear a humble and worked over skin, yet remain confident and sturdy. In Ruins, Brown concedes that all bright new things become obsolete.