L.A. County Arboretum: A special commission from L.A. Metro brings art to the streetsLos Angeles Post-Examiner

L.A. County Arboretum: A special commission from L.A. Metro brings art to the streets

ARTIST KAREN HOCHMAN BROWN COMMISSIONED BY LA METRO TO CREATE WORK FOR THEIR “THROUGH THE EYES OF ARTISTS” POSTER PROJECT FOR DISPLAY ON BUSES AND RAIL MAY 7 TO JULY 1, 2018

 POSTER SIGNING AT THE LA COUNTY ARBORETUM ON MAY 15, 11 AM-1 PM

 (Los Angeles, California) – It has been an eventful year for LA Artist Karen Hochman Brown. The digital artist currently has a solo show on view at The Main in Santa Clarita and the Jewish Federation in Monrovia. She recently concluded her artist residency at the Crain Art Gallery in San Marino, plus she has two upcoming solo exhibitions scheduled at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster and the California Center for Photographic and Digital Arts in Santa Ana.

Hochman Brown continues the wave of interest in her work with a commission for a poster on the buses and trains of the LA Metro. On view throughout Los Angeles from May 7 to July 1, 2018, the artist’s work weaves imagery of train tracks, aloe blooms, and peacock feathers. Drawing from elements one might find at the Arboretum, Hochman Brown comments, “I was inspired by many non-native species co-existing in harmony, much like the kaleidoscope of people from across the globe who live in Los Angeles County.”

Hochman Brown’s inspired art has redefined the possibilities of abstraction with digital media and continues that development in Shoreline Symmetries at The Main gallery space in Santa Clarita. The artist has departed from purely abstract compositions to examine her techniques among landscapes. To this end, Hochman Brown has envisioned the landscape as hyperreal, otherworldly, and defying of natural phenomena.

In previous work, the artist engaged questions about cultural identity. Her works referenced Judaic iconography with their six-point structures and formed the basis of the artist’s technical, expressive, and conceptual investigations. Currently, Hochman Brown’s subject has evolved to a broader consideration of the natural world and its irreducible makeup of fractal geometries. Comprised of multiple layers of floral imagery, Hochman Brown isolates and pieces together their disparate elements into abstracted kaleidoscopic tapestries. The artist’s painterly process utilizes various digital photographic editing tools and software in her meticulous manipulations of tonality, brightness, and saturation to create an illusion of depth.

Karen Hochman Brown received her B.A. in Art from Pitzer College, has continued to study math, and did post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts where her master’s thesis introduced Construction Geometry via Art, a Junior High School curriculum she taught at Pasadena Waldorf School. She continued to study the interconnections of math and art via technology at UCLA studying graphic design in late-nineties. Her work has been widely exhibited in California and the United States.

The LA County Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

 Top photo: Arboretum Mandala by Karen Hochman Brown

 

 

 


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