Karen Hochman Brown’s “Photo/Synthesize” at the Yuma Art Center

Karen Hochman Brown’s “Photo/Synthesize” at the Yuma Art Center

Karen Hochman Brown
Solo Exhibition


Reception December 14th 6-8pm
On view November 24th, 2018 – February 2nd, 2019

Yuma Art Center
254 S Main St.
Yuma Arizona


Karen Hochman Brown presents Photo/Synthesize, an exhibition of three bodies of work focusing on nature, the sea, and floral images, transforming images into radiant kaleidoscopic shapes that are richly immersive.

Hochman Brown begins her work by importing a photograph into a modular graphics-synthesizer program, where using algorithms, distortions, modulations, and symmetries as well as polar and fractal space, she layers her images into works that could be created from stained glass, glowing, deep, and focusing on intense details to develop an emotional response.

Opening Saturday, November 24th at the Yuma Art Center in Yuma, Ariz., Hochman Brown presents art work from three separate series, Anonymous at the Beach; Shoreline Symmetry – Sky and Surf; and Floral Purples and Pinks & Reflections on Roses. These inspiring works expand the boundaries of new media and technology-driven art with their lush and evocative depictions of natural beauty.

In each of her reflections on nature, she weaves layers of art into a single image, with each layer creating additional depth, to draw viewers into the singular world that her artwork represents, as with Floral Purples and Pinks & Reflections on Roses.

Shoreline Symmetry – Sky and Surf builds from Hochman Brown’s childhood past time, collecting driftwood and shells on Santa Barbara beaches. This series presents waters from California, Hawaii and Israel in bilateral symmetry, shaping otherworldly seascapes that combine the raw power of the ocean with ethereal but ominous cloud formations.

Anonymous at the Beach draws from the solace the artist finds at the shore, taking the initial images from photographs of quiet moments in which she was an anonymous observer.

In each series, Hochman Brown transforms and translates natural forms into textures and shapes, forming a collaborative dance between software and the deep wanderings of her imagination.

About Karen Hochman Brown

Karen Hochman Brown is a mixed media artist working in digital and photographic mediums, shaping swirling images that revere nature, color, and natural beauty. With a B.A. in Art from Pitzer College, and post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts, she’s developed and taught a junior high school curriculum, and continued her studies in the interconnections of math and art via technology at UCLA. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S.



About the Yuma Art Center

The Yuma Art Center is dedicated to advancing the arts by providing distinct opportunities for community participation and artistic growth.  With over 100,000 visitors each year, the Yuma Art Center holds more than twenty visual art exhibitions annually, as well as producing theater productions, hosting performing and visual arts classes, and facilitating an annual summer mural program.

The Yuma Art Center is located at 254 S Main St., in Yuma, Ariz.

Photo/Synthesize runs November 24th, 2018 – February 2nd, 2019.



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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