“Shoreline Symmetry” features the work of Karen Hochman Brown, an artist who makes mandala-like works that begin with photographs she spins and adorns into digital prints mounted on aluminum. Layer upon layer of detail come together to make one image. She meticulously alters light and shadow to create an illusion of depth.
The inspiration for this works comes from her childhood in her mother’s garden, when she held her first kaleidoscope up to her eye. She now uses computer software and hardware to replace the simple handmade kaleidoscope of her youth. She turns, layers and spins her photographic reflections, brightly illuminated by her computer monitor. No longer restricted to a three-way reflection or a flat mirror, her artwork plays in the realm of infinite images.
Her passion for art began in her early primary school years. In high school, she discovered geometry and began fusing mathematics with her artwork, exploring intersecting circles and patterns. To the artist, there was a distinct and immediate marriage of mathematical precision and aesthetic beauty. After she received a B.A. in Art from Pitzer College in Claremont, she continued to study math and did post-graduate work at California College of Arts and Crafts, creating a course titled Construction Geometry via Art that she taught at Arts Magnet High School in Oakland and at the Waldorf School in Altadena.
In 1984, after buying her first Macintosh computer, she further tightened the role and interconnection of art and math via the medium of technology. She went back to school again, taking classes at UCLA and Art Center College of Design, to study computer-based graphic design.
The exhibit will be available for viewing during all events at The MAIN, as well as Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The community is invited to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at an art reception on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.