medium: mixed media
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302 3rd Avenue S
Onalaska, WI 54560
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I am stuck to “The Grid.” My existence is based a pattern of squares and rectangles, and their interaction with (and invasion of) the natural world. I see squares. All of the time. I am interested in this interaction between our pre-fab lifestyles and the world that we impose our will on.
The pieces here are reactions to these thoughts. There is a tension between the clean, crisp edge of the geometrical shapes and the areas that they are found in and around. The paintings also represent this notion that we have these created boxes for ourselves to live (and think) in, and are constantly trying to find our way out of these boxes.
My work is influenced by artists such as Mondrian, Diebenkorn, Kelly, Hoffman and Rothko. Their abilities to create alternate states based on right angles have intrigued me for years. Yet, I also admire artists like DeKooning, Kline and Pollock; where the energy of creativity is left to record and explain the artists’ methods of creation.
I work by experimenting with a basic premise, idea or form on paper. I project this image onto hand-stretched canvas, and continue to experiment further in color and materials. The materials that are most prevalent in these pieces are; acrylic, latex, oil, and watercolor paints. Other media such as pen, oil pastel, colored pencil, and charcoal have found their way into my work as well.
I enjoy working inside “The Grid” of square or rectangular canvases. While working inside these boundaries, I have experienced the most freedom ever in my brief artistic career. The ‘realities’ I have created in these pieces are liberating, calming and stimulating at the same time.
For me, the grid is good, and the angle is right.
Quenten Brown was born in rural Wisconsin, where he lived and attended school. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 1999 from Viterbo University. He earned is Master's Degree in Education/Professional Development through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2005. He has been teaching at West Salem High School since 2000.
Brown currently lives in Onalaska, Wisconsin. When he’s not teaching, Brown can be found working on his art in his garage studio, or playing music in and around the La Crosse area.