The only good thing about taking down a great show is when you immediately get to begin putting up another great show.
FAB Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Michaela Pilar Brown. The show will open on February 15th and run through April 13th. On Thursday February 16th Brown will be on site for a conversation about her work with noted historian Frank Martin. This event will start at 4pm in the Fine Arts Center, in the Department of Visual and Performing arts at South Carolina State University. There will be a reception to follow. This event free and open to the public so please join us.
Brown’s photographs focus on cultural hierarchies relating to beauty, and how race and history play into these caste systems. Using a combination of performance and staged photography, Brown explores issues of identity and notions of otherness as defined by American standards of beauty. Through her work, Brown challenges accepted ideas such as the politics of the body with respect to race and gender.
Michaela Pilar Brown was born in Bangor, Maine and raised in Denver, Colorado, she cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard, and has been immersed in the culture of objects, their making, and interpretation ever since. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University. In 2001 Brown moved to South Carolina and took on the role of full time caretaker of her ailing father. She then took a job as a curator of the Fairfield County Museum of Art in Winnsboro, SC., though at her core she was and still is an image and object maker. In 2010 she returned to full time studio practice.
In 2011 Brown was named Emerging Artist of the Year by Undefined Magazine. Last fall she was a Harvey B. Gannt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. She is also featured in the current issue of the Jasper magazine. In March, Brown will be an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Burlington, VT.
To learn more about Michaela Pilar Brown, please visit www.michaelapilarbrown.com