Framemakers Picture Framing and Art will exhibit selected abstract works by Fairfield artist, Janine Brown from July 20th through August 23rd. The works in the exhibition titled ABSTRACT INTENTIONS were selected by Bridgeport artist, Gus Moran. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm. Framemakers is located at 3004 Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.
The works on exhibit by Ms. Brown include paintings, pastel drawings, and prints from three periods of work. While each group of work is distinct, the common thread is the use of photography as a starting point for the compositions. In the colorful abstract paintings and pastels from the Mad Mags series, Brown used the blurry backgrounds of photos from mail order catalogs and fashion magazines to create the shapes within each composition. The blurry images were then redefined and re-colored to create whimsical landscapes of shapes. Kristen T. Woodward, the resident curator for Artists2artists, comments “These are highly enjoyable works…”
In another group of works, Brown intentionally took blurry photographs of the Remington Arms Factory and used the images as a starting point for pastel pieces. She uses multiple layers of diagonal strokes to create a textile-like texture to the abstract pastels. Finally, during a trip to Wyoming, Brown documented the aspen trees that adorn the mountains and created semi-abstract linoleum cuts based on the photos. Janine Brown is a freelance designer and multi-media artist. She has exhibited work in galleries throughout Fairfield County and in Chicago, IL. Her fashion and graphic design work has been sold in national retail outlets including Lord and Taylor, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Home Goods.