Mackenzie Browning: GREEN SCREEN
October 25 - December 8, 2018
Mariani Gallery, Guggenheim Hall, Room 100
Reception: Thursday, Oct 25, 4-7pm | Artist Talk: Thursday, Nov 1, 5-6pm
Screen Printing Workshop: Thursday, Nov 15, 5-7pm RSVP HERE!
Denver-based, Canadian artist Mackenzie Browning works primarily in screen-print, book arts, and print based sculpture. Green Screen explores the suburban landscape amid the current political climate and Colorado real estate boom.
Browning’s aesthetic can be described as meticulous and inventive, often blurring the lines between design, craft and fine art. His artworks are constantly pushing personal and technical boundaries, often becoming architectural in nature. "Suburban Leisure” (2013) particularly demonstrates the artist’s ability to boldly interpret every day lived experiences, such as lawn care, in memorable, conceptually strong installations. The piece imitates the appearance of a well-groomed lawn. Rather than using actual sod or turf, Browning screen-prints blades of grass onto sheets of cardstock. He then individually hand folds each piece of paper into 400 precise “tiny houses” aligned in a manicured rectangle around two, opposite facing lawn chairs. As the viewer walks towards either chair to sit, a motion sensor triggers stereotypical (although intrusive) sounds from suburbia (lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.) to disrupt the serene, idealistic ambiance commonly associated within neighborhood life.
Green Screen peacefully confronts architectural structures such as privacy walls and obstacles designed to divide borders and property lines. Browning’s latest work, “False Cedars” (2018) creates a faux-bush out of hundreds of digitally cut leaves arranged meticulously within the corner of two walls. The leaves cascade between both planes mirroring not only the growth pattern of a real bush, but also how cedars are traditionally used along property lines to inoffensively create privacy. While “False Cedars” preserves the artist's personal respect and admiration for flora and fauna, the work also resonates with a larger, global perspective. It embodies a composed, peace-loving commentary on issues of border control, invasive approaches to difference, and privacy.
Browning grew up in divergent environments. He spent his childhood on a one-hundred-acre Canadian sheep farm, before moving to several cities and suburban settings while flipping houses. These personal “roots” and emphasis on craft and labor emerge within his practice and serve a sa strong counterpoint to in his print-based installations, drawings, and sculptures. Collectively, Green Screen creates a meaningful installation that prompts contemplation, meaningful discussion, and engagement while maintaining a style and sensibility that is uniquely his own.
Barrier Green, Screen print on cotton rag paper, 2016.
Agnes Ma: Please, Stay On the Trail
October 25 - November 30, 2018
Oak Room Gallery, Crabbe Hall
This installation by Agnes Ma, Adjunct Faculty SoAD- Foundations & Digital Fabrication, highlights work created during a summer residency at Yellowstone National Park. In addition to teaching, Ma has built a digital fabrication lab and helped to incorporate new digital technologies into the UNC School of Art & Design curriculum. She received a master of fine arts in metalwork, jewelry design, and digital fabrication from Northern Illinois University and received a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work combines traditional craft and modern methods of fabrication to examine the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.
Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery: In A New Light 1 & 2
Murals Are Permanently On View In Crabbe Hall Lobby
The lobby of Crabbe Hall, which houses our Oak Room Gallery and studios, served as a blank slate for duo Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery to revitalize. The east coast/west coast collaboration between Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery results in an unprecedented revitalization of Crabbe Hall lobby. Built in 1919, the building houses UNC’s Oak Room Gallery and Visual and Performing Arts studios. Bablo and Milbery were inspired by the architecture and characteristics of the building such as its original oak doors, green marbled baseboards, and sky high arches and wanted their footprint within the space to compliment, not detract, from the classic beauty of the building’s interior.
Pat Milbery is, above all, a creative collaborator, as well known for the large-scale murals he's created alongside some of the most prominent street and graffiti artists in the world as he is for the playful photo shoots and video parts he's participated in as a pro snowboarder. His vivid street art collaborations adorn the walls of dozens of boutiques, breweries, residences, bars, and other businesses in Denver, around the Rocky Mountains, across the country and around the globe, and he's helped curate and create major art installation projects for brands including the Ford Motor Company, X Games, Budweiser, Zumiez, Loveland Ski Area, Wahoo Fish Tacos, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. He has shared snowboard contest podiums with the likes of Shaun White and Travis Rice, and the Snowboard Camp Tour he founded to make freestyle riding more accessible to kids is now entering its second decade. He's also the co-owner of So-Gnar, an umbrella collective responsible for the Snowboard Camp Tour, the So-Gnar streetwear and apparel line he helps design, and the Shredded Beats hip-hop concert series he promotes. He's equally proud of his Minnesota roots and his 17 years of Colorado transplant status, and splits his time between Denver and Golden and wherever his van full of snowboard gear and aerosol cans take him.
From design to production, Andrew Bablo builds, crafts and experiments through the use of various media. Seeing no boundaries or limitations, he loves to work interactively, large-scale and in the eye of the public. Bablo started his career in branded and licensed apparel design, working with major league sports teams across the country. He spent years creating garments for several retail brands including Reebok and ’47. Later, Bablo collaborated with the industry’s top artists, athletes and brands as the former Editor-in-Chief of Steez Magazine. Over the course of nine years and 35 issues, Bablo grew the magazine from a black and white photocopier to a major publication, distributing throughout thousands of major newsstands such as Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Bablo founded Steez Design, bringing his artistic background to the commercial design world. Bablo graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently residing north of Boston, he works as an artist, designer and entrepreneur.