|"White Man's Burden" painting by Jasmine Brown. All photos courtesy 950 Gallery.|
|sculpture by Jasmine Brown|
|painting by Jazz Brown|
Jasmine Brown is known for her paintings, photography, illustrations and works in many other media incorporating poetry, symbols, landscape, much of it inspired by international travel, African masks, voodoo textiles, Native American and Black American cultures. In this show there is a little bit of everything. Portraiture is incorporated into most of her works.
Her technique is varied and inconsistent. Some of the painting and drawing looks less than refined, but that clearly does not come from lack of skill, as evidenced by other works that display competence in drawing and in the use of color and form—meaning those works that might appear clumsy in execution are done so for emotional impact. For example, on one wall there are adjacent portrait paintings, one of a woman surrounded by a field of abstract forms and symbols and the other a portrait of a man surrounded by words. The former looks almost primitive and untutored in execution, and the latter is beautifully rendered with skilled paint application. The latter is titled “White Man’s Burden.” The words and phrases written on the canvas are racially and politically inciteful: phrases such as “Eat like Dahmer, explode like McVey” and “too many blacks driving big Cadillacs.”
|"Psycho-logical Path," acrylic on panel by Jazz Brown|