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May 14 to June 25, 2016
MARSHALL BROWN Chimera
Exhibitions presents its second solo show with Marshall
Brown, featuring new architectural photomontages. The
exhibition opens on Saturday, May 14, 5 to 8pm and runs through
June 25, 2016.
The Chimera series is named after the mythological
beast believed to have been part lion, part goat and part dragon.
Brown describes these cross-bred works as acts of “creative
miscegenation”. In a technique Brown dubs “stealth
collage,” he samples published photos of buildings and
remixes them, painstakingly cutting and pasting found fragments.
He creates new alignments between diverse, seemingly incompatible
aesthetics. Different from modernist collages which were designed
to shock, Brown’s Chimera are intended to deceive viewers
into new awareness.
After having worked in collage for over a decade, Brown created
the suite of one hundred pieces on view between January 1 and
December 31, 2014. Each 14 x 17 inch composition begins with
an intuitive selection of samples, and proceeds with a disciplined
assemblage of new architectural visions. Unlike most works of
architecture, these photomontages have neither site nor function.
They may be sketches for potential future projects, showcasing
Brown’s unique ability to make new spaces and forms using
diverse sources. Brown insists with the Chimera that he’s
more than an architect of buildings— he’s a creator
of intricate worlds.
Marshall Brown is an architect based in Chicago.
He is designing a new project for Detroit to be presented at
Venice Architecture Biennale and will also unveil a garden
folly for the Arts
Club of Chicago in April 2016. He has been a MacDowell Fellow,
and also the first Saarinen Architecture Fellow at the Cranbrook
Academy of Art. His projects and essays have appeared in several
books and journals, including Metropolis, The Architect's
Newspaper, Architectural Record, Crain's,
The New York Daily News, Art Papers, The Believer,
and New Directions in Sustainable Design. Brown’s
work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
and Western Exhibitions. He received his Masters degrees in
Architecture from Harvard University where he won the Druker
See more Marshall Brown work here
Miscegenation is an archaic term typically associated with laws
that forbade mixed marriage and/or racial interbreeding