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A native of New Orleans, Marcus Brown is a sculptor, painter, inventor, musician, and educator. Brown holds a MEd from Portland State University and BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) in Missouri. His work is expansive and includes national and international exhibits and performances. Locations include New York City, Berlin, Germany, and Krakow, Poland, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The McKenna Museum of African-American Art, and The New Orleans Museum of Art. Brown currently has public sculptures in Biloxi, Mississippi, HUMS II and The New Leaf on St. Bernard Ave., as well as St. Peter Claver and Henriette Delille at St. Peter Claver School in New Orleans. He also has sound installations at JAMNOLA and recently developed an interactive sound exhibit for the 2022 New Orleans French Quarter Festival. Mentors like the late Lin Emery, John T. Scott, and Jim Leedy, collectively instilled in Brown the importance of always learning and experimenting to create your own path. In that vein, Brown developed a form of painting called Electro-sonic Painting in which the artist paints with sound/data producing instruments. In addition to his performance art, Brown has exhibited with artists such as Andy Warhol, Chris Burden, Hannah Wilke, and others around the world, to name a few.
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
Much like a Voodoo craftsman or a Dogon African mask-maker, I view my role as an artist as spiritual: I create work for ceremonies and communities, not merely to hang passively on a Western white wall. I focus on revitalizing “spiritual making” in the world through my artistic practice. Using my environment and body, I aim to create spiri
Much like a Voodoo craftsman or a Dogon African mask-maker, I view my role as an artist as spiritual: I create work for ceremonies and communities, not merely to hang passively on a Western white wall. I focus on revitalizing “spiritual making” in the world through my artistic practice. Using my environment and body, I aim to create spiritual tropes using my linguistic, visual, and phonic transmissions.
In making, I employ an African American and Creole tradition of using multiple media languages in the implementation of my work. In the same way a New Orleans chef sources multiple disparate ingredients to bring together a gumbo, I use visual, audio, performative, and interactive media in my work to create compositions that re-conceptualize and re-spiritualize American contemporary culture. Sonically, I am tempered by the musical traditions of my African American, Native, and European heritages to create new soundscapes.
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