Marcus Brown, a native of New Orleans, is an international sculptor, painter, educator, inventor, musician and an avant-garde sound performance artist. Brown developed a form of painting called Electro-sonic Painting in which the artist paints with an amplified brush instrument used to simultaneously create a fine work of art as well as music. In demonstrating this new genre of music and art, Brown has collaborated with many talented and renowned musicians including Fred Thomas from James Brown’s JB’s, Nathan Weidenhaft , Snap( Sylvester Andrews), Eric Gold, Steve Masakowski, Sasha Masakowski , Doug Garrison, Bill Summers, Brian Seeger, Cliff Hines, Khari Allen Lee, Devin Phillips, Mark De Florio, Chuck Barber many more. In addition to his performance art, Brown has exhibited with artists such as Andy Warhol, Chris Burden, Hannah Wilke ,and many others around the world. In 2008, Brown received an Art in Public Places commission featured in Prospect I by the Arts Council of New Orleans in collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation for his piece Human Universal Musical Sculpture HUMS), a sound sculpture that interacts with an individual’s bioelectrical currents to produce a unique sound. Brown, is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts NOCCA), earned his BFA at the Kansas City Institute of Art (KCAI) in Kansas City, MO and a M.Ed. from Portland State University in Portland, OR. Brown currently practices art internationally and teaches at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in New Orleans.
My work uses traditional media like wood, steel, clay, aluminum, bronze, and non-traditional interactive electronic technologies. One constant theme in my work has been marrying ancient ideas and practices with new technologies. Most of my public work in New Orleans is created for schools, churches, and communities.
Art is spiritual, it's science, it's history, it's everything, Art is a prayer in making. - Marcus Brown
In making, I follow an African American-Creole tradition of using multiple media languages in the applications and functions of my work. Like a New Orleans chef uses multiple ingredients to create a gumbo dish. I use visual, audio and performance media in my work to create my own dishes which re-conceptualize and re-spiritualize American contemporary culture . Sonically, I transcribe the musical traditions of my African and Native heritages in both a spiritual and socio-economical context. With the use of my environment and the body, I aim to create spiritual tropes with my linguistic visual and phonic transmissions. Much like a voodoo craftsman, I view my role in society as a spiritual one, who uses many processes to connect society to the spirit world. My focus lies in revitalizing “spiritual making” in the midst of a capitalist-driven civilization.
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