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Janine Brown|The Holiness in the Ordinary

Kristine Schomaker / January 15 - February 18, 2022 / Los Angeles, California

As people the world over grapple with distrust of the unknown or those who look, think, or live differently, multimedia artist Janine Brown’s solo show “The Holiness in the Ordinary” at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles looks closer at commonalities and distinctions within the framework of being a human.

Brown created a series of video portraits that allows each participant to reveal unique and often contradicting characteristics of their identity. Starting with a self-curated list of statements that complete the sentence “I am…”, each person gains agency over who and what they want to show the viewer. The resulting videos become part confessional and part mantra of humanity- revealing the complexities of identity and the common denominators between people unknown to each other. The portraits will be displayed as a three-channel video installation that highlights the complexities, contradictions, and commonalities of the participants to date. 

Janine Brown is a multidisciplinary artist based in Southern Connecticut, formerly Los Angeles, California. She uses personal experience and childhood in the rural Midwest as well as historical research of her concepts such as the term “wallflower” to create still and moving portraits that explore and question ideas about identity and stereotypes. Brown's solo shows include Moorpark College Art Gallery, (California);  Gallery 825, (California); and the Westport Arts Center (Connecticut). Group exhibitions include “Tra 2 Mari” at the Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporanea, Cisternino, Italy; “TenWomen” at Marie Baldwin Gallery, (California); and "How We See Her" at the Foundry Art Center (Missouri). 

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California

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