What else is a window
MFA Graduate Project Exhibition
May 15-June 10, 2017
Reception: Wednesday, May 17, 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 24, 4pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and by private appointment
The School of Art + Design at Portland State University is pleased to announce What else is a window, a solo exhibition of new work by MFA candidate Carlin Brown at Melanie Flood Projects.
Brown’s photographs and sculptural objects use materials which respond to the physical experience of the screen as an entryway’s threshold, a reflective pool of light, or a mediated virtual. The window opens onto a world beyond— it is where surface meets depth, where transparency meets its barriers. The window is also a frame, a proscenium: its edges hold a view in place.
The computer window is a screen within a screen, nested and stacked on its desktop like structural frames. It shifts the window’s metaphor from a singular frame to a repetitive many. By stripping mirrors of their reflections and scrubbing the image’s surface with a virtual-brush, the seductive qualities of metallic paper and panes of glass recall familiar experiences. This exhibition calls for the viewer to be present and offline, a replacement for the screen.
Carlin Brown (carlin b) is a Canadian artist and curator living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including group and solo exhibitions across North America, United Kingdom, and Australia. Most recently, Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art, Calgary, CA; Meyers Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, OH; Redline Center of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Speedshow: [C.A.F.E.], Lyon, FR; Wallace & Grace Hayden Gallery, Eugene, OR; ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, GR; Tate Modern, London, UK; University of the Arts, London, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; and TRUCK Contemporary Art at Arts Commons, Calgary, CA. She studied at Concordia University and holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art + Design.
What else is a window is presented as part of Portland State University's 2017 Master of Fine Art in Contemporary Art Practice: Studio program season of graduate exhibitions. More information visit http://psumfastudio.org/ or https://www.pdx.edu/
 Anne Friedberg, The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.