Carlin Brown

What else is a window

May 15-June 10, 2017

Reception: Wednesday, May 17, 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 24, 4pm

Melanie Flood Projects pleased to announce What else is a window, a solo exhibition of new work by Carlin Brown.

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. [1]

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 the seventh installment of an ongoing artist series at Melanie Flood Projects, Thinking Through Photography. The series includes a comprehensive survey of contemporary photographic practices through programming that highlights experimental and diverse approaches to image making. Facilitated by exhibitions, artist talks, studio visits, interviews, and suggested readings, it aims to expand the language surrounding photography, while also unveiling progressive work by local artists in the Pacific Northwest & beyond.

Thinking Through Photography is made possible with support from the Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti.