by Courtney Brown
What I am curious about: the natural world, technology, art history, metal working, predictive fiction, informs the visual language I use to communicate in my sculpture. I try to create forms that convey an investigation into where these subjects overlap, in conflict or in concert.
I admire the work of the Surrealists, who created a visual language for the unconscious. I borrow from primitive culture to find roots of archetypal and mythological symbols. I make predictions, to invoke future scenarios that are volatile, ripe for existential questioning.
Clay, wax and metal are used in my sculpture to build a texture and form language that captures the qualities of many other materials, captures the affects of time, captures organic, fleshy forms, as well as the beauty of decay.
As a sculptor, I am hands-on, I draw, sculpt, mold, manipulate and fabricate each piece. Casting is done commercially and any collaborations are duly noted. 3D programs and 3D printing are also utilized where they are best applied.
“Self Organization” is a mixed materials sculpture that expresses Moore's Law, blurring the lines between organic and mechanical life forms. The tentacled entity reaches for the letter “I”, insisting it has become self aware. The tentacles are bronze, on the base of a 1938 Underwood 14” carriage typewriter. Photographs by Philip Ringler, see his work at www.philipringler.com.
1989-90 Metalsmithing Program Annual Student Exhibit, Wayne State University, Detroit
1992 University of Arkansas Ozark Women’s Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1993 Gallery 111 Self-Portrait Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1994 Gallery 111 Fantasy/ Science Fiction Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1994 Whimsicals Gallery Erotic Art Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1995 Gallery 111 Annual Erotic Art Show
1995 Vox Anima, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1997 Art Works Foundry and Gallery Holiday Show, Berkeley, California
1998 Art Works Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
1998 Hayward Arts Council Artworks Group Show
1999 Artworks Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
2000-1 Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, California
2000-1 Articles Gallery, Mendocino, California
2000 Mendocino Art Center Main Gallery Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
2002 Theatre Artaud, San Francisco, an exhibit on the theme of “Metamorphosis”
Based on Inkboat butoh dance group’s performance by same name
2002 Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, Women’s Art Exhibition
2003 Varnish Fine Art Grand Opening Exhibit, San Francisco, California
2003-4 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California, ongoing
2004 Halloween Show, Dark & Light Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA
2005 Solo Mendo Bistro restaurant exhibit, six months, Fort Bragg, CA
2005 Perfume Mendo, solo show, three months, Mendocino, CA
2005 Green Door Gallery featured artist, Fort Bragg, CA
2006-7 Varnish Art Gallery, ongoing through 2007, San Francisco, CA
2008 Created www.cbrownsculpture.com
2015 San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2015 Sculpture Slam 1st Place
2016 Artworks Foundry Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
Work Experience-Sculpture/Metal Fabrication
Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, CA Feb. 2015 to Dec. 2016
Responsibilities: Fabrication of bronze sculptures.
Tools: TIG welder, electric and pneumatic hand tools
Materials: Silicon bronze, steel, stainless steel
One Off Furniture, San Francisco, CA Nov. 10, 2012 through Jan. 2015
Responsibilities: Construction of various unique designs.
Tools: TIG and MIG welders, electric power tools, chop saw, pneumatic tools, patina tools
Materials: Mild Steel, stainless steel, bronze, brass
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco October, through Nov. 8, 2011
Responsibilities: Preparation, installation and de-installation, for De Young and Legion of Honor art museums.
Tools: Electric power tools, drop saw, hand tools, soldering tools, hydraulic lift
Materials: Steel, brass, wood, paint, fabric
Local Group Studios, Oakland, CA Opened June 2012
My studio, where I sculpt in various media for fine art bronze and sculpture.
Tools: Electric power tools, CAD program Solidworks, Sketch Up, 123D, 3D printer, wax tools, hand tools
Materials: Plaster, wax, metal, plastic, paint, wood
Performance Structures, Inc., Oakland, CA Oct. 2008-May. 2011
Metal Finishing Technician:
Responsibilities: Finishing and polishing fine stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor, small to monumental works.
Tools: Electric and pneumatic power tools, custom machinery and robots, TIG welder, metal fabrication equipment
Materials: 316 stainless plate
Lightspann Illumination Design, Oakland CA Sept. 2006-Aug. 2008
Responsibilities: Fabrication and finishing of fine art lighting. Included interpreting CAD drawings, cold working glass, electrical wiring, faux finishing.
Tools: MIG, TIG welders, plasma cutter, oxy-acetylene welder, electric metalworking tools, glass finishing tools
Materials: Brass, glass, steel, mechanical parts, wiring and lamping parts, metal finishing supplies, paints, patinas
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA 2006
Responsibilities: Created earthquake-proof mounts for art exhibits. Assisted in exhibition painting, object installation.
Tools: MIG welder, oxy-acetylene and propane torches, electric power tools
Materials: Steel and other metals, acrylic, MDF, foam, paints
Dan Hemann Sculpture, Fort Bragg, CA 2005-2006
Bronze Sculpture Finishing Technician:
Responsibilities: Assembly and finishing of fine art bronze sculpture
Tools: TIG welder, pneumatic finishing tools, electric grinders, etc.
Materials: Cast bronze
Morrisonn Studios/Neidhart, Fort Bragg CA 2001-2003
Responsibilities: Fabrication of architectural features and lighting. Included interpreting CAD layouts, metal fabrication, manual machining, soldering, patina.
Tools: Mill, Lathes, TIG welder, pneumatic finishing tools, electric power tools
Materials: Brass, copper, aluminum, resins, patina solutions, wood, mold making materials
Reification, San Francisco, CA 2000
Architectural Metal Fabricator:
Responsibilities: Fabrication of frames and other decorative architectural features, restoration.
Included layout, welding, finishing, and patination.
Tools: TIG, MIG welders, electric metal finishing equipment
Materials: Brass, steel, iron, aluminum, bronze, wood, acrylic, patina solutions, metal finishes
Artworks Foundry, Berkeley CA 1997-2000
Metal Fabricator, Finisher, Patineur:
Responsibilities: Finished bronze castings, miniature to half-life size.
Included mold making, waxwork, patina and furnace charging.
Tools: Pneumatic metalworking tools, TIG welder, hydraulic jack, crane and rigging,
plasma cutter, arc welder, electric grinders and metal working tools
Materials: Bronze, mold making materials, wax, plaster, patina solutions
Laney College, Oakland, CA
Machine Technology and Computer Design courses 2012
College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA 2003-2005
Major: General education, mathematics
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA 2000-2001
Artist-in-Residence, Teaching Assistant
Nine-month residency to learn traditional lost wax casting techniques, mold making, furnace building
Wayne State University, Detroit 1989-1991
Major: Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design