We are excited to feature the work of Carson Davis Brown as the next Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist. Carson currently lives and works in California and Michigan. His current series, Mass, combines photography, installation and sculpture. Carson works inside big box stores to create sculptures of consumer products that have been grouped together by color. Once erected, these ephemeral sculptures are photographed and then abandoned.
Carson Davis Brown (b. 1985, Grand Rapids, MI) is a visual artist working in photography and film. His background ranges from commercial design and photography to documentary and film. Brown often marries the functional to the abstract. His work examines the narratives of larger social structures by dismantling the landscape those narratives exist in and re-assembling it. This contextual re-imagination forces the observer to become hyper-aware of his/her environment.
Mass is a site-specific installation project about creating visual disruptions in places of mass (to date: big-box stores, super-centers, etc.). At an intersection between Street Art and Land Art, installations are made without permission, using found materials within the retail landscape. The installations are made, photographed, then left on site to be experienced by bystanders and ultimately, dissembled by staff at the location. The photographs made of the installations are also exhibited initially in a similar consumer landscape. The images are printed, framed then exhibited in these big-box stores, all without permission.
Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.