Brands Clamor for the Touch of 'Carbon' Artist Judith Braun

  • November 16, 2015 13:11

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Judith Braun at work, Chrysler Museum of Art.
Judith Braun

Burton's Feelgood Snowboard 2015 for women is now available to the public at a sale price and it features a winning design, literally. Sporting edgy black artwork by Judith Braun, the snowboard debuted with Olympian Kelly Clark who won the Bronze Medal at Sochi in 2014.

New York-based Braun, backed by the experience of a three-decade career, employs a charcoal-laden fingertip technique in her ongoing Fingerings and Symmetrical Procedures series which caught the eye of Vermont-based snowboard maker Burton two years ago. Braun was asked to create a special work for the company that incorporated the key elements of her drawings: symmetry, abstraction, and the use of carbon medium.

Kelly Clark with her Burton Feelgood Snowboard featuring art by Judith Braun, at the Sochi Olympics.
Judith Braun

Up-close Braun's fingerprints are apparent, and at a distance, brilliant abstractions unfold or landscapes that evoke the mystical watercolors of Charles Burchfield.

Braun was given studio space at Burton to create her unique drawing, part of her evolving ouevre which she decribed as “just me moving through my life and times as an artist, by metamorphosis and metaphor.”

Fluctuating shades depict changing pressure and various amounts of carbon in Braun's art. View the video here to see the artist's process.

Burton Feelgood Snowboard 2015 featuring art by Judith Braun

Braun tells ARTFIXdaily that her latest commission goes on view this weekend at a new Lululemon store, opening at 114 Fifth Ave. in New York, with a public reception on Friday night, Nov. 20, 6-10 pm. (There could be some limited edition tank tops available at the yoga apparel retailer's Flatiron location.)

An intruiguing commission for an oil company will next take Braun to Beijing. She says the mural-sized Fingerings piece will promote "some new engine they developed that removes bad carbon from the gasoline, and I'm a 'carbon' artist!"

Braun has had solo shows at Joe Sheftel Gallery and Fruit and Flower Gallery, in New York City, and participated in numerous museum exhibitions, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; and Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI.  In 2013 she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a New York Artist Fellowship Grant.  She was also a contestant in the first season of Bravo's reality TV series, "Work of Art", 2010.   

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