Ashlynn Browning

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EDUCATION

2002       MFA- Painting and Printmaking- University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2000       BA- Studio Art, BA- English-  Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

 

ONE & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

      2016       Building Blocks, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

      2014       New Geometric Constructs, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2014       Surfaces + Structures, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2013       Macro, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

      2013       Ashlynn Browning: New Paintings, Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2012       New Angles, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2011       Personal Geometries, UNC-Greensboro, Elliott Center Gallery, Greensboro, NC

      2011       Striking Balance, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2011       Geometry Personified, Gallery 80808/Vistas Studios, Columbia, SC

      2010       Meet Ashlynn Browning, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

      2010       Hexagons, Grids & Webs, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC

      2009       building/burning/growing- part II, Siskate Gallery, Charlotte NC

      2008       building/burning/growing, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2007       Bridging the Inner Landscape, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2006       Mixed Media, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC

      2006       New Mixed Media Works, Rotunda Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

      2005       New Drawings, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2005       Drawing on the Moment, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2004       Marked Time, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2003       Blind Lines, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS  

      2015       The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2015       Angular Existence, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

      2015       Uniquely Human, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

      2014       The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2014       Foundations, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2014       Across the Board, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

      2014       Real Beauty, Carroll Square Gallery, Washington, DC

      2014       Pairs, Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

      2013       The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2013       Independents, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

      2012       Geometry, Carrboro Town Hall, Carrboro, NC

      2012       Contemporary Carolina Abstraction, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC

      2011       Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

      2011       Faction, ArtStreet Gallery, University of Dayton, OH

      2011       Collective Consciousness, Artspace, Galway, Ireland

      2011       Carolina's Got Art, (traveling exhibition), Arts & Heritage Center, N. Augusta, SC

      2011       Carolina's Got Art, (traveling exhibition), Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

      2011       New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2010       Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

      2010       Unwrap Your Mind, THAT Gallery, Hong Kong

      2010       Color Fields, Forms & Fractures, if ART Gallery, Columbia SC

      2010       Geometric Constructs, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2010       NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC

      2009       Works on Paper, Gallery Pantone 278, Charlotte, NC

      2009       Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

      2009       New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print Vol. 82, Southern edition

      2008       Landscape, Hallway Projects, San Francisco, CA

      2008       NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC

      2007       Tangible Gestures, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2007       The Kindness of Strangers, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA

      2007       Letters, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, UK

      2007       New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2006       Drawing x 3 Artists, Vignettes, Raleigh, NC                        

      2006       Everything Falls Apart, Nested, Carrboro, NC

      2006       Introductions ‘06, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA

      2006       New and Hot, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2006       New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2005       New Members Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

      2004       Abstraction, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2004       Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

      2004       The Triangle's Best Art-Part II, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2004       Surface Matters, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, NC

      2003       Mid-Winter Paper, three-person exhibition, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2003       Three Emerging Artists, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC

      2002       Coterie Treize, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2002       New Works, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC

      2000       N.C. Women Artists: 20th Century Trends, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

      2000       Meredith College Faculty Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2006       Your Art Here, City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC

2006       Discovering Contemporary Art in the Carolinas, Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC

2004       Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

2002      The Altered Landscape, Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough, NC

2002       MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

 

SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS

2015       Dave Bown Projects juried competition, honorable mention

2015       New American Paintings, featured artist

2014       Selected- International Artists' Symposium, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany

2010       Carolina’s Got Art juried exhibition, Elder Gallery, first prize

2005       United Arts Council, Regional Artist Project Grant

2005       Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Grant

2009       New American Paintings, featured artist

2002       Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2009       Virginia Center for Creative Arts

2007       Virginia Center for Creative Arts

2005        Vermont Studio Center

 

PUBLICATIONS

Vitiello, Chris, "Abstract art entwines with reality in a group show at Meredith College," Independent Weekly, March, 4, 2015.

Zevitas, Steven, ed. New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Vol. 118, Juror

Dominic Molon. Open Studios Press, Boston MA, June 2015.

Jacobson, Louis, "Genius or Gobbledygook?," Washington City Paper, May 13, 2014.
 
Berlangero, Tom, "Forms of Abstraction: Eric Mack and Ashlynn Browning at Whitespace,”

Burnaway, March 21, 2014. Feaster, Felicia, "In Atlanta, 2 Artists Tackling Ideas of Imagined, Created Space,"

Atlanta Journal - Constitution, March 20, 2014.

Roefs, Wim. "Macro,” catalogue essay, September, 2013.

Carpenter, Edie. "Independents,” catalogue essay, April, 2013.

Vitiello, Chris. "New Angles,” exhibition essay, November, 2012.

Rooney, E. Ashley. 100 Southern Artists. Schiffer Books, 2012.

Helpren, Max, "Art News," Raleigh Downtowner, Vol. 6, Issue 6, June 2010.

Jarvis, Craig, "Painter Says New Work Surprises Her," News and Observer, April 11, 2010.

St. Lewis, Louis, "Spring Brings Hope," Metro Magazine, April issue, 2010.

Zevitas, Steven, ed. New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Vol. 82, Juror

Ron Platt. Open Studios Press, Boston MA, June 2009.

White, Amy, "Flotsam Boats and Painterly Jetsam," Independent Weekly, Sept. 24, 2008.

St. Lewis, Louis. "Browning at Flanders," Metro Magazine, Sept. issue, 2008.

Stoddard, Leah. “Tangible Gestures,” catalogue essay, November, 2007.

White, Amy. “Ashlynn Browning and John Maggio Interpret the Natural World,” Independent Weekly, August 22, 2007.

Natale, Michele. “Critic’s Picks for Best Art,” News and Observer, August 3, 2007.

Sung, Ellen. "Gadfly Champions N.C. Art History," News and Observer, Jan. 28, 2007.

St. Lewis, Louis. "Area Artists Create Italian Themes for Second Mannequin Ball", Metro Magazine, Dec. issue, 2006.

Natale, Michele. “New, Hot and Talented,” Independent Weekly, June 28, 2006.

Sung, Ellen. “On View,” News and Observer, June 23, 2006.

Natale, Michele. "Lucky Number Seven," Independent Weekly, June 21, 2006.

Greenberg, Blue. "Ten Best Shows Triangle 2005," Herald-Sun, Dec. 29, 2005.

Greenberg, Blue. "Drawing on the Moment," Herald-Sun, April 24, 2005.

St. Lewis, Louis. "Hot Month for Art," Metro Magazine, April issue, 2005.

Natale, Michelle. "Critic's Picks," News and Observer, Jan. 7, 2005.

Lucas, Scott. "Surface Matters," Creative Loafing, Aug.18, 2004.

Amenoff, Gregory. "Joan Mitchell Foundation 2002-03 MFA Grant Recipients Exhibition," catalogue essay, June, 2004.

Lassiter, Joie. "Surface Matters,” catalogue essay, February, 2004.

 

 

Biography:

Ashlynn Browning earned her BA in Studio Art and English from Meredith College and her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of NC at Greensboro. She has received grants and residency fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, United Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Browning’s work was featured in the 2015 and 2009 Southern editions of New American Paintings, as well as in recent exhibitions in Columbia, Atlanta, New Jeresy and Washington DC. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta GA.

 

Statement:

My work merges geometric forms with an intuitive, ever changing process of applying paint. Many of the forms in my work from 2009-2013 functioned as stand-ins for figures. These single figures represented implied narratives and personal psychologies as they stood hesitant, crooked and brooding or upright and boldly assured. Each one showed a side of myself.

Since 2013, I've become interested more in creating a sense of place, rather than a singular geometric form that is personified. I have been experimenting with stacking and aligning forms and exploring the relationships between them. There is still an element of the forms standing in for figures, but now they exist in groupings and in a more architectural context. As always, exploring material and process is my greatest focus.

The hexagons and webs of my work from 5 years ago still exist within the current paintings, but have been partially buried beneath chunkier, squared off forms that play with weight and architecture. The views into the underlying layers are more closed off and opaque now.  These new paintings bring to mind urban architecture, grids, windows, bricks and walls.

Experimenting with the idea of opposing forces continues to be an important part of my work. Bold color is set against muted color, geometric forms mix with organic ones, and graphic pattern and texture play off smooth color fields. These are variables that I mix and layer in multiple stages until a resonant image appears.

The many layers in each piece speak both to the history of the painting’s creation, as well as to the hidden parts of ourselves that we conceal and reveal in time. I know a painting is complete when it has become its own separate entity, one with a sense of dignity and self.  

 

My personal gauge for a successful piece is that once it’s complete, a sense of mystery remains. I look back and have no real grasp on how the finished painting came to be. It is distinct from me and has a life of its own now.  

Artist's Website:

http://ashlynnbrowning.com