Karen Hochman Brown: Fine Art Photographs Driven by Math and Technology

Karen Hochman Brown: Fine Art Photographs Driven by Math and Technology

Misty Cabbage by Karen Hochman Brown
Misty Cabbage by Karen Hochman Brown

Karen Hochman Brown: Fine Art Photographs Driven by Math and Technology

Let us introduce you to Karen Hochman Brown. Karen creates digital images inspired by her childhood affinity for kaleidoscopes and her passion for math and technology. Karen will be opening her solo show at Crain Art Gallery in the San Marino Library on February 24, through to April 6. Then, in May and June this year, Karen’s work will be part of the Through the Eyes of Artists posters on LA METRO System.

Artist Statement
I’m a child in my mother’s garden. Flashes of color and light dance as I hold my first kaleidoscope up to one eye, close the other, find a source of light, and the rest of the world disappears while I endlessly turn, turn, turn.

The light transforms broken bits of colored glass into perfect rays of symmetry. Identical triangles recede into the mirrors, creating vibrant patterns, effortlessly changing as I spin the tube while my heart beats in wild delight at the endless play of animations.

I slow the spin, watch for an exceptional shape and stop. The momentary pattern is fragile, can collapse in an instant, so I hold very, very still. Even then, precision is required. Who would imagine that I was igniting a life-long passion for the swirling patterns of light and color born on a summer’s day so long ago?

Today my kaleidoscope is more complex. Computer software and hardware replace the simple tube of cardboard, glass, and mirror. I sit with a stylus and keyboard, watching the show unfold as I turn, layer, and spin the reflection from one of my photographs, brightly illuminated in my monitor.

No longer restricted to a three-way reflection or a flat mirror, I romp through polar space, fiddle with fractals, and play in the realm of infinite images.

From one of my photographs, I pull out the metaphorical “broken bits of glass” and turn these into my own kaleidoscopic imagery — spinning, nudging, and shifting these flecks of light until, like that child on the lawn, my heart beats wildly and I become lost in the endless dance of color, light and shape.

Nano Bug City by Karen Hochman Brown
Nano Bug City by Karen Hochman Brown
Erythrina on Fire by Karen Hochman Brown
Erythrina on Fire by Karen Hochman Brown

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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