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Liz Brown, OMGWTF

Like the Spice
224 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-5388
November 14 - December 7, 2008
Reception: Friday, November 14, 6:30 - 10 PM
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Like the Spice is pleased to present Liz Brown: OMGWTF, an exhibition of the artist’s retro-futuristic paintings and drawings.

Borrowing freely from the history, advertising, sarcasm, fantasy, banality and the technology of our shiny new post-cultural millennium, Brown conflates landscape, advertising layout, and film still, distilling late capitalist popular anxiety into a WTF exuberance. Like a post-apocalyptic shopping scene from a zombie movie, Brown’s works are at once menacing and celebratory.

With one foot firmly planted in our McMansion-by-Macy’s-Martha-Stewart-Collection reality, Brown imagines a world where corporate fantasies become detached from products and inhabit our collective unconscious. With no public place left to hide from corporate titillation, all that is left is to imagine our own adspace, where fantasies are as slick as Disney movies yet as personal as teenage diaries. This seemingly abandoned world is host to 70’s science fiction hallucinations, custom yachts with neon sails, taxidermied mountain goats in outdoor dioramas and blimps hawking “primal agendas” and “final frontiers”.

Liz Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1977 and has lived across the country including rural Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and San Francisco. She has shown her work nationwide and is included in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. Like the Spice has featured her work at the Fountain 2007 Art Fair in Miami, FL, Bridge Art Fair and the Affordable Art Fair in New York in 2008 and the upcoming Scope Miami fair in December, as well as five group shows and one previous solo show, Most Triumphant, at Like the Spice’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn gallery space. Brown earned her MFA from the Mount Royal College Graduate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. She has taught at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland and at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC. In 2005 she was a Space Program recipient at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. Liz Brown lives and works in the Clinton Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.
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