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Exhibition of abstract paintings by artist Charley Brown on view at Dolby Chadwick Gallery
Charley Brown, Untitled, Bridge #1, 2016. Oil on pasted canvas, 54 x 72 inches.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Dolby Chadwick Gallery announces its second exhibition of abstract paintings by the San Francisco artist Charley Brown. Brown’s 2013 show, Divergence, showed the artist, a virtuoso draftsman and painter recognized for his talent from childhood, and skilled in many areas of artmaking during his peripatetic, diverse five-decade career, taking on abstraction as a technical and aesthetic challenge. Abstraction allows Brown to explore formal ideas always present in the representational work, but in a condensed and direct way. The curved black oil paint lines set against white backgrounds in these large paintings of his Intersections and Epistrophe series (named after a Thelonious Monk piece, referring to word repetition as a poetic or rhetorical device) suggest, from a distance, enlarged detail photos of typography or pictograms; seen close up, however, they assert their painterly materiality and Brown’s always impeccable craftsmanship.

Brown’s graphic use of black lines or gestures recalls paintings by the Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Pierre Soulages, as well as the oilstick drawings (or, indeed, the curved Corten steel sculptures) of the postminimalist Richard Serra. These are artists whom Brown readily acknowledges as influences (“I can fake a Motherwell, but it won’t be the same.”), but his works are less about the drama of gesture, and more about how a restricted set of visual elements can be greater than the sum of its parts. Brown’s deliberate process is the opposite of AbEx Sturm-und-Drang (Storm-and-Stress) improvisation, and might be likened to visual music—Stravinsky and Monk are two of the artist’s favorites—rather than choreographic calligraphy, a la Pollock, and he similarly aims for a balance of classical and modern in his work. The paintings’ compositions begin with small sketches in pencil on paper. The most promising ones, enlarged by photocopying, are adjusted and refined. They are then copied onto transparency film and projected onto specially prepared canvases that have surfaced with many coats of acrylic modeling paste, each sanded, and then finished with several coats of clear varnish.

The contours are transferred to the canvas, dot by dot, using china markers. Brown applies black oil paint mixed, not out of the tube, with printmaking brayers, rather than brushes, going over each area repeatedly in order to eliminate unpainted ‘holidays,’ or white spots. He uses no tape to mask shapes, creating crisp edges only with rollers, blurred edges with a fingertip or other tool, and erasing with a rag wrapped around a fingertip. If this additive-subtractive technique sounds like monotype printmaking technique, it is essentially the same, although Brown discovered the method through his use of sgraffito, scratching through paint, on a restaurant mural commission. In some works Brown creates shadowy forms using a brayer with almost no paint, the repetition of forms spaced one brayer circumference apart creating a visual vibration, implying movement and change. Howard Risotti, a professor emeritus of contemporary art and critical theory at Virginia Commonwealth University, sees Brown not as an ironic stylistic ransacker in the current appropriationist fashion, cynical about the art of past and present, but rather as a contemporary artist working within the long tradition of artists who found and find in their art meaning and importance in an often otherwise chaotic-seeming universe:

By treating style not as a reproducible, endlessly repeatable device severed from all historical roots, but as a way to cast the light of past traditions onto the present, [Brown] infuses his paintings with historical background giving to them a sense of the weight and import of history.

Charley Brown was born in 1945 in Barstow, California. He studied at the Doxiadis School of Design, in Athens, Greece, and California College of the Arts, in Oakland, CA, receiving both his BA and MA in Art from Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA. In addition to exhibiting in galleries across the United States and Europe, including the New Museum, New York City, he has painted murals commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C.; the Main Library branch of the San Francisco Public Library system, in Civic Center, San Francisco; and Stanford University, in Stanford, CA.





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