Monday, March 9, 2015

Works of Art

Family Troubles?, 2012, archival pigment print,
49 1/4  x 35 1/4 in., $800
Pot to Piss, 2012, archival pigment print, A.P.,
35 x 59 in., $800

Cut You, 2011, archival pigment print, ed. of 5,
 40 x 40 in., $800
Untitled, 2011, acrylic, paper and mica on wood,
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 in., $300
Up-Ended, 2012, birch bark, pine, paper,
 4 x 8 x 7 in., $350

Baller, 2011, acrylic and paper on wood, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 in., $300

Cocking Crow, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 76 in.
$5,000
Game, 2015, mixed media on paper,
25 1/2 x 19 in., $950 (framed)

You Play Too Much, 2015, mixed media on paper,
19 x 25 1/2 in., $950 (framed)


Funeral Flowers, 2015, mixed media
on paper, 19 x 12 in., $750 (framed)

Stolen Lives,Stolen Land, Gifted Religion,
2015, mixed media on paper,
25 1/2 x 19 in., $1,100 (framed)

Sloppy, 2015, mixed media on paper,
19 x 12 in., $600 (framed)
Fish Dreams, 2015, mixed media on
paper, 22 x 15 in., $675 (framed)

The Dance, 2015, mixed media on paper,
22 x 30 in., $1,250 (framed)

Untitled, 1992, welded steel,11 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in.,
$250, for additional views CLICK HERE
Untitled, n.d., mixed media on panel, 6 3/4 x 9 in., $300
Untitled, 2015, mixed media on paper,
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.,$800

Untitled, 2015, mixed media on paper,
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 in., $800

1979, 2015, mixed media on paper,
30 x 22 in., $1,100

The Funk Of It, 2015, mixed media on paper,
12 3/4 x 19 1/2 in., $500

Jump Ready, 2015, mixed media on
paper, 19 1/2 x 12 3/4 in., $500

Untitled, 2015, mixed media on paper,
30 x 22 in., $1,100

Weeping Moon, 2015, mixed media on
paper, 30 x 22 in., $1,100


Leak, 2015, mixed media on paper,
12 3/4 x 19 1/2 in., $500

The Herd, 2015, digital print on paper,
21 1/2 x 17 in., $650

Untitled, 2015, digital print on paper, 17 x 21 1/2 in.,
$650

Borrowed Time, 2015, mixed media on paper,
12 3/4 x 19 1/2 in., $500

Time Keepers, 2015, mixed media on paper, 
22 x 30 in., $1,500

Nigger of Narcissus, 2015, mixed media
on paper, 22 x 30 in., $1,100

Night Trip, 2015, mixed media on paper,
30 x 22 in., $1,500

Night Ride, 2015, mixed media on paper,
30 x 22 in., $1,500


Untitled, 2015, mixed media on canvas,
9 x 7 1/2 in., $300

Untitled, 2015, mixed media on canvas,
9 x 7 1/2 in., $300
Where I'm From Shit Talking is High Art, 2015, mixed media on photographs, 3 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. each, $300
For close ups CLICK HERE

Artist Statement

My practice explores the body through the prisms of age, gender, race, sexuality and history.  I consider memory, myth, ritual, desire and the spaces the body occupies within these vignettes.  The narratives move between past, present and surreal projections of the future, sometimes occupying these spaces simultaneously. 

I explore the ritualized use of common objects and architectural spaces; often queering their size, orientation or form to blur the line between memory, dream and experience; plotting the relationship between normative considerations of the body and its function in specified spaces.  I use racially identified signifiers to twist and turn mythologies about the body and the spaces that it occupies. The work is at once confrontational and seductive.  Graphic novels, pugilist sport, colonial portraiture and magic realism factor into the narratives.
Recent work explores home as a physical structure and repository for memories. I chronicle beginnings, departures and returns to this symbolic yet physical place, believing it to be the genesis where history, memory and myth are joined. The characters and the spaces I build for them to inhabit demonstrate the capacity in our lives for monsters, angels, heroes and giants, illustrating our reactions to occupation and absence, desire, responsibility, and obligation.

Artist's Bio

Michaela Pilar Brown
Biographical Narrative

Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker.  She cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard.  She has been immersed in the culture of objects, their creation and examination her entire life.  She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University settling in Washington, DC where she showed in group exhibitions, and worked at a number of non-profits engaged in education and arts related programming. 

In 2001 she left Washington, DC and moved Winnsboro, South Carolina to provide for the care of her terminally ill father and all but ceased making art.  In 2009 she resumed art making and returned to full-time studio practice.  She spent 2010 redirecting her work, and began showing again at the end of year.  Since 2010 she has a number of group and solo exhibitions.  She was the 2011 Undefined Magazine Emerging Artist of the Year, the Fall 2011 Harvey B. Gantt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art, a 2012 recipient of an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center where she was in residence in Spring of 2012.  Her Fall 2012 solo exhibition “Whit(Her) Goes My Heart” at Columbia College’s Goodall Gallery was critically received.  She now makes her home in Columbia, SC.


Artist CV

CV – Michaela Pilar Brown
Select Solo and Group Exhibitions


Artfields 2013
April 2014
Lake City SC

flashBlack: the African diasporic impulse in American photography
January 2014
Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
the University of Memphis
Memphis Tennessee

I See You
January 2014
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art and Culture
Charlotte, NC

November 2013
South Carolina Biennial
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC

November 2013
Civil Rights, Then, Now When?
I.P. Stanback Museum
Orangeburg, SC

November 2013
My Father’s House
Tapp’s Art Center
Columbia, SC

October 2013
AHA!
The Humanities Council / Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties Awards
Columbia, SC

June 2013
ONEx1
Columbia Museum of Art
Group Exhibition
Columbia, SC

May 2013
The South Carolina Arts Gala
South Carolina Arts Commission
Invitational group exhibition
Columbia, SC

April 2013
Install It III
Vista Artist Guild
Outdoor City Wide Installation Group exhibition
Columbia, SC

October 2012
Whither Goes My Heart
Solo Exhibition
Goodall Gallery
Columbia College
Columbia, SC

May- June 2012
Manifesting Memory – Plantation Legacies of the South
Group exhibition
Charleston Art Institute
Charleston, SC

May 2012
The South Carolina Arts Gala
South Carolina Arts Commission
Invitational group exhibition
Columbia, SC

April 2012
Install It II
Vista Artist Guild, McKissick Museum
Outdoor City Wide Installation Group exhibition
Columbia, SC

February – March 2012
Solo Exhibition
FAB Gallery
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC

February 2012
What’s Love
Group Exhibition
Columbia, SC

September 2011
We Carry Memories Inside of We
Juried Group Exhibition
Avery Research Center
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

September 2011
Artist in Resident Showcase
Gantt Center for African American Art and Culture
Charlotte, NC

September – November 2011
Resident Exhibition
McColl Center for Visual Art
Charlotte, NC

June 2011
Fourth Wall Arts
Salon Series presenter
Philadelphia, PA

June – July 2011
Dual Perspectives
Solo Exhibition
Kathleen Ogilvie Presents
Le Cochon Noir
Philadelphia, PA

June 2011
I am Dark but Lovely, Mixed Media, site specific Video Installation
701 Center for Contemporary Art

April - May 2011
3DSC
Group Exhibition
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC

April 2011
One Book One Voice
Site Specific Video installation
Commissioned by the Columbia Museum of Art
Big Apple, Columbia, SC


March – April 2011
Kiting
Anastasia and Friends Galley
Columbia, SC

February 2011
What’s Love
Group Exhibition
Columbia, SC

February - March 2010
Love (A) Fair
Anastasia and Friends Gallery
Columbia, SC

December 2010
Change for Change
Charity group exhibition
Columbia, SC

Curatorial
2009
Freedom – The Trials, Travels and Collections of William Belk
Fairfield County Museum, Winnsboro, SC
200 object exhibition including Ivory sculpture collection, William Belk papers, Iranian Hostage Crisis- State Department documents.  Produced 40 minute film.

Katharine Ladd – 19th Century Voice of Fairfield County
Fairfield County Museum, Winnsboro, SC
Documents, objects and images from poet educator, civil war activist Katharine Ladd.  Produced 20 min documentary of Ladd descendant Mary Ladd Yongue


2008
Birthing a Community
Fairfield County Museum, Winnsboro, SC
The York W. Bailey Musuem, Historic Penn School, St Helena Island, SC
Midwives in Fairfield County. 30 nineteenth and twentieth century objects, 6 information panels, directed, edited and produced, 60 minute documentary film
Winner of 2009 Award of Achievement   South Carolina Federation of Museums
Winner of 2009 Award of Merit South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies

2007
To the Point
Fairfield County Museum, Winnsboro, SC
Projectile Points and Arrowheads from Fairfield County Collectors

Iswa
Fairfield County Museum, Winnsboro, SC
100 years of Catawba Pottery from the Thomas Blumer and Lindsay Pettus Collections


Speak No Evil
Gallery 107 North, Winnsboro, SC
Mixed media paintings and prints of Rachel Gibson

Phee, Phi, Photography
Gallery 107 North, Winnsboro, SC
Contemporary Photography and Installations of Jon Ives, Errol Alger, and E. Tory Brown

2006
Pamela Burris
Gallery 107 North, Winnsboro, SC
Contemporary Sculpture and Prints

Awards
2012 Artist Grant Vermont Studio Center Artist In Residence
2011 Undefined Magazine Emerging Artist of the Year
2011 Fall Gantt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art
Winner of 2009 Award of Achievement South Carolina Federation of Museums
Winner of 2009 Award of Merit South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies
Winner of 2008 Award of Merit South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies

Professional Organizations/ Service

2011 – Present Board Member, Programming Committee Chair, Friends of African American Art & Culture, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

2013 – Present, Public Art Selection Committee member, One Columbia for Arts & History, Columbia, SC

Education

1988 – 1991, 1996- 1998
Howard University, Washington, DC Sculpture, Art History
1989 – 1990
Academic Intern Smithsonian Institution
1990
Intern Washington Project for the Arts
1997 Intern, International Sculpture Center

Publications

Jasper Magazine
Vol. 002 No. 004, Columbia, SC
Defying Labels, the Work and Woman, Michaela Pilar Brown, Gunter, Mar/April 2013

Free Times
October 2012
Artists Explore Place, Race in South Carolina, Day

The State
October 28, 2012
SC Artist Pushes Boundaries at Columbia College, Taylor

Charleston City Paper
April 16, 2012
What’s In a Name – Art Institute of Charleston Ponders Plantation Life

Free Times
April 2012
Art Review – Install It 2 Feeds Growing Contemporary Art Tastes, Gilkerson


ArtSee Magazine
Mar/April 2012
Michaela Pilar Brown, South Carolina State University, FAB Gallery review, Held, Mar 2012

Jasper Magazine
Vol. 001 No.003, Columbia, SC
Service is the New Muse, Brown, Jan 2012

QCityMetro (blog)

Charlotte, NC

The Art of Michaela Pilar Brown

Undefined Magazine
Book Twelve, South Carolina
The Many Voices and Faces of Michaela Pilar Brown, Hartvigsen, June 2011

The State

What's Love': a romantic and racy, sweet and sometimes scandalous art event

Taylor, February 2011