The Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, 9th Floor New York City, NY 10022 United States 212.535.8810
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$ 50,000

Runes of Sleep

Origin United States
Period 2000-2019
Materials Carbonized nickel on board
W. 40 in; H. 22 in;
W. 101.6 cm; H. 55.88 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 2013
Description City-image/City life

Colin Brown’s dazzling and graceful scenes of New York epitomize the energy and allure of the city. He elicits an impactful sense of solitude through his expansive landscapes. The serenity behind Brown’s imagery is contradicted by the arduousness of his process. During his preparation, Brown first applies a white surface on panel, to which he then adds a black layer of either nickel, carbon, or charcoal. Working diligently with a jeweler’s tool, Brown then removes small amounts of the black layer, revealing the white undercoat. This process of reduction creates the illusion that light does indeed emanate from the city windows, street lamps, and automobile headlights displayed across the panel. Brown’s highly intricate blackboards initially appear to be photographs, but on closer inspection one discovers the driving hand of the artist at work. Brown was born in Ithaca, New York in 1965. He received his B.F.A from the State University of New York at Purchase and his M.A. from New York University at the campus in Venice, Italy. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Styles / Movements Contemporary
Dealer Reference Number M 10231D.001
Incollect Reference Number 167281
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