Karen Hochman Brown at the stARTup Art Fair February 15-17

Karen Hochman Brown at the stARTup Art Fair February 15-17


Karen Hochman Brown
stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles

February 15 to 17, 2019
Opening Celebration
February 15, 7-10 PM


The Kinney Venice Beach
737 West Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

A self-described high school “math geek” chose instead to study art and has managed to merge her two passions into masterful digital creations of startling power and beauty. Los Angeles artist Karen Hochman Brown has married the flexibility of art and the precision of mathematics into a virtually unlimited paintbox.

“The computer has been tied to my artwork, and my life,” Hochman Brown says. “I never looked back.”

Hochman Brown will be premiering brand new work at the stARTup Art Fair, running February 15th to 17th at The Kinney Venice Beach. You can see more of Hochman Brown’s work in a solo show “Digital Ambrosia” at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, in Santa Barbara running February 23 to April 7, 2019 as well as Descanso Gardens Sturt Haaga Gallery in “Unusual Views” opening February 10 to June 9, 2019.

Hochman Brown coined the term “digitography” from a combination of photography and digital process. Working from primarily floral and vegetative images, she uses a graphic synthesizer to create custom virtual-paintbrushes, changing settings of endless parameters that react to a visual reference. The brushstrokes are applied one by one based on information such as shape, color, orientation and luminance. In this process, she is not limited to using photographs for reference and can venture into a world of totally algorithmic creations. Results can mimic natural painting styles or come off as purely graphic. In addition to 2-D prints, the artist processes images over time to develop animations.

Most recently, Hochman Brown has begun to work with photo portraits. In the “Portrait Project”, she turns portraits of people into synthesized pieces of visual music. Based on the model of the sound synthesizer, Hochman Brown creates custom brushes that play upon the photograph’s visual information in the same way that a synthesizer plays a riff of music. The computer assists the drawing process, generating brushstrokes that change based on color, shape, texture, luminance and other information found in the photo file, changes that include anything from the angel the stroke is applies to the actual structure of the brush. Her portraits are lively and colorful variations on the subject’s visage.

These inspiring works expand the boundaries of new media and technology-driven art with their lush and evocative depictions.

About Karen Hochman Brown
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.


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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