Cash Brown

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Cash Brown

Bombast #5 2010 ink, gouache & watercolour on 240gsm Arches
20×25cm

From 2008 Solo Exhibition ‘Appropriate’
‘Appropriate’
[verb] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause
[verb] take possession of by force, as after an invasion
[adjective] suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
[adjective] appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
[adjective] meant or adapted for an occasion or use
[adjective] suitable and fitting
[adjective] being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

Extracted from http://www.elook.org/dictionary/appropriate.html

Cash Brown has always made art… in some form of another. Whether it is printmaking, painting, installation, sculptural objects or drawing, she has maintained a constant devotion to aesthetics. Most importantly, Brown has never lost her sense of play.

This exhibition one might say is a climax, due to the fast she has thrown herself into her own melting pot of mediums she so furiously works with. It is her most major exhibition to date. Formally trained in academic painting at the National Art School, Brown has an almost obsessive preoccupation with the history of western painting and its socio political baggage. This provides a departure point for her conceptual repertoire of visual and linguistic “gags”. The works in “Appropriate” draw their predominant and immediate visual reference from Gustave Courbet’s famous “Origin of the World” painting from 1866. From the grandfather of modernism one wouldn’t expect anything less!.. In a multitude of sublime meanings it exists as an image of a female torso, but its possible interpretations are practically endless.

“The Origin of the World” could be read as a landscape – a snapshot freeze frames of the infinite, the mystery of the human subject with all its existential pain and bodily pleasures rolled into one curious state of topographical being.

Brown, with her masterly paint work and economy of content and form has unravelled and at the same time appropriated this voyeuristic premise with her own unique technique and system of humour has created a kind of surreal pornography. The voluminous flesh is the surface which she scarifies. I use the term pornographic because we are so overly and completely saturated with nudity. It is nothing short of bravery that Brown undertakes a “series of nudes”. Brown has captured and consequently created a strange animistic and primitive hybrid.

These works are almost dreamscapes, a bizarre document of the evolution of psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy – all the hallmarks of the big themes, feminism, death, beauty and the geography of the unconscious. Close ups of what and how we think a riddle in itself.

Brown’s work is testament to her skill as a painter and a conceptual thinker. One can’t help but look at this manic collection of deliberated psycho sexualised felines and canines classical mythological icons. So why execute such strange and other worldly images made from the mixing of historical references? Why does a dog lick its crotch? Because it can. Why does an artist make cultural artefacts? Because they can.

Finally a great painting is a documented battle between realism, expression and abstraction. Brown successfully and rather uniquely executes this concept of trans substantiation.

Adam Cullen
March 2008

Exhibitions

2011
Cash Brown 2011
2010
Untitled
2010
Cash Brown

Education

2007
Cert 1V small business management, Mission Australia, Mt Druitt
2006
Cert 1V vocational education and training, Benchmark college, Penrith
2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney
1997
Drawing Marathon at Central School of Art in Adelaide (New York Studio School)
1994 – 99
Painting and drawing, Balmain Art School, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2010
Size Matters, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
2008
Priceless, GRANTPIRRIE (Project Window), Redfern
Appropriate, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
2006
Product of Environment, Big Star Gallery, Norwood, South Australia
2003
Wetland, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Paddington
1999
Across the Bridge, Gallery 245, Surry Hills
Heterogeneous, Zanzibar, Drummoyne
1998
Untitled, Open House Gallery, Rozelle
Pachyderm, L’Otel Darlinghurst

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009
Showing Off, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Tickled Pink, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
Hibrid, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
Art For Sharks, AMCS, Brisbane
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Artists at the Armory, SOPA, Newington, Sydney
2008
Smash Hits, Paramatta Artist studios, Parramatta
Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney
Becos I’m Worf It, MOP, Chippendale
2007
Year of the Pig, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Great Western, Suitcase Gallery, Newington Armory, Newington
Melbourne 07 Art Fair (independent)
Back a Bushie, Crookwell Town Hall, Crookwell
Artists at the Armory, Newington (SOPA)
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Seven Plus Three, Seven, Wentworth Falls
Maxine’s Art Show, Danks St Depot, Waterloo
Artist at my Table, NAS, Darlinghurst
Schon, Kunsthouse Projekt, Bern, Switzerland
Funeral Songs, MOP, Chippendale
9×5 Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2006
Shelf Life, MOP Projects, Redfern
Not The Big Picture, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
Group Show, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
Global Warming, SODA Gallery, Avalon
Snowdropping, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
Year of the Dog, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
WHOLESALE THERAPY, (with Adam Cullen) MOP Projects, Redfern
Art of Eucalyptus, University of Melbourne Botany Foundation, Melbourne
Post It, Peloton, Chippendale
Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne
Abbatoirs and Brickworks, an industrial history, Newington Armory Gallery, Newington
Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species, Leconfield Winery, South Australia
Art With A Heart, King on Burton Gallery, Darlinghurst
An Artist at My Table, Cellblock, N.A.S. Darlinghurst
2005
Special Affects, (with Adam Cullen) MOP Projects, Redfern
Home Economics, (performance piece with Adam Cullen) M.C.A. Sydney
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Icons Framed, Christie’s Paddington and Sofitel Wentworth Sydney
Wayside Chapel Auction, King on Burton Gallery, Darlinghurst
Not the Big Picture, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
HOTSPOTS”, 77 Williams St, East Sydney
Soda Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Avalon
Punch, MOP Projects, Redfern
Group Show, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
Christmas Show, Gallery Philip Neville, Darwin
Artists Against Sedition, Casula Powerhouse, Casula
Ink, Lighthouse Foundation, Melbourne
FONAS Drawcard exhibition, Cellblock, Darlinghurst
2004
New Talent 3, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst.
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Drawcard, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney
FONAS Infusion, Cell Block, N.A.S., Darlinghurst
2003
The Degree Show, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
The Bondi Art Fair, Bondi.
Dabs and Slabs, Cell Block, National Art, School, Darlinghurst
Drawing Week Exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
Primaries, (curator) Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst
2002
First Wave, Fifth Floor Gallery, Ultimo.
Christmas Show, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Paddington
2001
Drawing Week Exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
S.I.S.A. Exhibition and Competition, National Art School, Darlinghurst
1999
Exposed, Warehouse Studios, Ultimo
Death Begets Reality, 351, Haymarket, Sydney
1998
Life, at P.C.L. Exhibitionists, Strawberry Hills
Skin, Open House Gallery, Rozelle
Bloom, at Open House Gallery, Rozelle
1997
Red, C.A.S.A. Gallery, Rozelle
Works from the New York Studio School “Drawing Marathon”, Central School of Art,
Norwood, South Australia
12, SOHO Gallery, Woolloomooloo

Prizes and Residencies

2006
S.O.P.A. residency, Newington Armory, Homebush
2004
Real Refuses portraiture prize, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
2003
Murray Sime prize for excellence in painting at the National Art School
2003
Robin Gibson Gallery prize
2001
S.I.S.A. award, National Art School, Darlinghurst

Selected Bibliography

2009
The Thighs of It, Sydney Morning Herald, Emily Dunn, 29/9/09
ABC news, 29/9/09
MODESTY CURTAIN, Brisbane Times, 30/9/09
Runway Magazine, STU, Death issue # 13
2008
Smart Art, Art and Australia, Joanna Mendehlson, pp 169/70 June edition
Meeow Meeow,
www.artlife.blogspot.com
www.artandmayhem.com
www.dailyserve.com
JJJ radio interview, 20.10.08
www.asrtwipe.blogspot.com
www.artfagcity.com
2007
ABC national news, 27/10/07
Art of Food, Leta Keens, Belle Magazine, Sept/Oct edition, pp 139-145
Arts, Blue Mountains Gazette, p 26, Tasty 7/10/07
Arts, Blue Mountains Gazette, p 48 Big Honour for Small Room, 21/3/07
2006
Sedition, Machine Magazine, p 6-8 Vol 14
Shelf Life, Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, NSW Ministry for the Arts catalogue
News, Artshub, 6.10.06
The Week Ahead, Art, All Cashed Up, The Independent Weekly, 01.03.06
Tracey Clement, Wholesale Therapy, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 19.03.06
Jacqui Knox, Artistic License, Blue Mountains Gazette, 29.03.06
The Art Life, Wholesale Therapy, artlife.blogspot.com.au March
The Art Life, Wrapping up the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman, artlife.blogspot.com.au April
2005
Tracey Clement, Special Affects, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 12.08.05
The Art Life, Home Economics, artlife.blogspot.com.au 14.12.05
Sunandah Creagh, Twin Virtues, The Culture, Sydney Morning Herald, 7.11.05
Blue Mountains Review, cover story, Eye on the Prize, March Edition 05
The Art Life, Special Affects, artlife.blogspot.com.au 21.07.2005
Janet Hawley, Idol Chatter, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald, 18.6.2005
2004
Spotlight, Sydney Morning Herald, 13.03.04

Finalist

2007
Doug Moran Portraiture Prize (highly commended) Sydney.
Salon De Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney
2006
Sir John Sulman Prize, A.G.N.S.W. Sydney
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, Sydney
Redland Art Award, Queensland
Mission to Seafarers Award, Victoria
Lexus Mortimore Memorial Prize, Dubbo
Comalco Martin prize, Gladstone, Qld
2005
C.C.A.S. Contemporary Art Prize, Gorman House, Canberra
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Soda Gallery Small Painting prize, Soda Gallery, Avalon
The Waterhouse Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Gallery, Mosman
Art on The Rocks, The Rocks, Sydney Visitor’s Centre, Sydney
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, Sydney
She, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong, Vic
Amnesty International Art Prize, Darlinghurst
2004
Art on the Rocks, SRC Gallery, the Rocks, Sydney
Tyree Tycan Works on Paper, Bowral, NSW
John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Regional Gallery, Sale, Vic
Waverley Woollhara Art Prize, Bondi
Works held in private collections in: U.S., U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.


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