Painter, NYC

Petey Brown

Tango: A.I.R Gallery Show - 2014

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Petey Brown

April 3 - 27, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3rd from 6-9pm

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Tango, an installation of oil paintings and works on paper, by Petey Brown in Gallery II. This exhibition will be on view from April 3 – 27, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 3rd from 6-9pm.

The paintings in Tango are based on images of Argentinian danc- ers, derived from observing videos of this intensely sensual prac- tice. Small gouache drawings serve as the inspiration for the larger paintings, which are oil on linen. The works are painterly, colorful, and exuberant, depicting the strong emotions conveyed in the dance.

As William Eckhardt Kohler writes in the catalogue essay for this show: Petey Brown shows "...a love of lush color and paint. A romance with the mundane moment – for while the tango is romantic and ritualistic, a performance with layers of sexual and power subtext, it is the sense of the dancers as people that prevails. They are taken up, subsumed by the dance, just as the painter is subsumed and taken up by the paint, by its inherent beauty, by the ritual moment of enactment; and finally seduced by its inherent beauty and capacity for transformation to become something more than who we are.... In Brown’s paintings the dance serves as a metaphor for being in the moment and the immediacy of the paint IS the moment for the artist."

Perry Meisel has written: "(Petey Brown’s) pictures are kinetic, not static. Her figures have their counterpart in her technique, which resembles that of a sister art of pop music. Her images are syncopated images in an exact musical way: what one sees emerges against a background of time past. Like the classical downbeat that one hears in rock or jazz only after the brash, syncopated upbeat that follows it, Brown’s figures move forward because they leave some- thing behind."

Petey Brown lives and works in New York. She has shown in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Florida, and Chicago and is represented in museums, corporate collections, the Library of Congress, and private collections throughout the country. She has done commissions for hotels in Florida, California, and Hawaii based on a series of figures engaged in beach activities. This is her first show at A.I.R. Gallery.

Tango Catalog


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