Julia Brown

September 26, 2008

American Vernacular (still)

"American Vernacular" (still)

Julia Brown holds an MFA from CalArts and a BA from Williams College in Studio Art. She is the 2006 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting Award, and a 2008-2009 Winter fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Her work has been exhibited at LMAK Projects, New York, Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College, 507Rose Gallery, Venice, Supersonic 1 at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, and Artists Space, New York. This fall, Brown’s work will be on view at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Her video American Vernacular (2007) is on view at Harvestworks through September 26.

The current state of George W. Bush's effigy.

Brown writes:

Recently I’ve been thinking about the objects and images we make culturally as wishes [for what we want in reality]. In making American Vernacular, I wanted to animate figural decor objects so that their latent psychological content could be foregrounded.

A composite of images from the Oval Office video. Top left and right, Clinton; Bottom left and right, Nixon.

Currently I’m re-editing a piece about the color symbolism of the decor of the Oval Office. I’m also working on a video in which I make an effigy and perform a ceremony to spiritually heal George W. Bush (both projects pictured here).


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