Curated by Nicholas Lowe with assistance from the staff of the Roger Brown Study Collection showcases the rare artwork and collections of the famed Chicago Imagist Roger Brown. The exhibition explores Brown’s process of collecting and arranging hundreds of domestic objects in his La Conchita, California home and studio. Experience the first-ever exhibition of Brown’s three-dimensional Virtual Still Life paintings shown with the extraordinary collections they evolved from.
Roger Brown was a collector as much as he was an artist. The SAIC alumnus and Hyde Park Art Center exhibited artist filled his home and studio in La Conchita, California with hundreds of domestic objects—vernacular ceramics, southwestern knickknacks, and pop culture ephemera—all meticulously arranged and occasionally incorporated into his artwork. Calif. U.S.A. explores Brown’s process of collecting and arranging, which was distilled into his Virtual Still Life series—paintings turned three-dimensional with ceramics on shelves in the foreground. Exhibited together for the first time, these extraordinary paintings and arrangements (or tableaux) of objects reference and echo each other, as combined reflections on landscape, heritage, religion, history, life, and death.