Bursting with Youthful Energy

"Claire Browne's enchanting new works at the Newspace Gallery exude vitality -- youthful vitality coming from a mature artist. Browne, who lives in L.A., received a bachelor's degree in English and earned a master of fine arts from the Claremont Graduate School. Her drawings on canvas ("drawn paintings," according to the press release) feel fresh and alive, charmingly casual yet thoughtful.

There's some playful friction right from the start in Browne's choice of media. She draws in pencil on gessoed canvas, sort of a T-shirt and tux combination, the informal doodle sprawled over the formally prepared surface. Her marks are simple circles, outlined, filled in and often with a smaller dot within. Some are as small as the head of a pin and others the size of a fingerprint. They cluster and form chains, seemingly organically, accreting into dense, vibrant fields that often extend over the edges and onto the sides of the canvases."

-Leah Ohlman, Los Angeles Times

 

"Browne draws vast clusters of symbiotic circles, ink drawings on collaged canvases stretched over hard wood. Working from intuition and an innate desire to explore the unknown, Browne creates sensations and feelings of nebulae simultaneously suggesting macro and microcosms - fragments of marks expanding or contracting between intersections of art and science."

- Joni Gordon, Director Newspace Gallery

 

"Browne's perceptions and consciousness are found in her instinctive trackless marks. Her space is inhabited by successive spheres in abandoned patterns which reflect a history informed by the likes of artists such as Agnes Martin, Vija Celmins, and Louise Bourgeois. These ink drawn paintings reflect patterns of the natural world which materialize within an artist's unconsciousness."

- Joni Gordon, Director Newspace Gallery

 

"The fifteen color pencil drawings executed on gessoed canvas that comprise Claire Browne's exhibition titled Mind Time both elevate and celebrate drawing as an end in itself...Here the structured and linear pacing of the clock and calendar, however rhythmic, give way to a more quantum driven and quirky experience of time as something abstract, erratic, unpredictable..."

- Andy Brumer, Artweek