Born in 1951 in Glendale, CA, James hd Brown relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico in 1995 where he founded Carpe Diem Press. Collaborating with local printers and artisans, Brown creates limited edition art books featuring the work of influential artists from the United States and Mexico, often including original prints made by the artists to be inserted in the books themselves. The USC Fisher Museum of Art will highlight Brown’s unique artist press, featuring approximately twenty books and related ephemera. Some of the artists in the Carpe Diem series include Joan Jonas, Graciela Iturbide, Kiki Smith, and Francisco Toledo, as well as a new artist book produced especially for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The exhibition will also feature Brown’s "My Other House,” begun in 2009 and worked on continuously since then. The idea for this project came from his two sons, who would not allow anyone in their room, which they claimed as their other house. Intrigued by this concept, Brown began investigating the idea of having another physical or imaginary place that is fundamental to one's life. 'My Other House" includes dozens of artworks made from materials Brown has accumulated over the years, and will be installed in four galleries at the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
James hd Brown: Life and Work in Mexico
USC Fisher Museum of Art
James hd Brown, Mystery of My Other House , 2014, Oil, pencil, collage and industrial paint on linen 138 x 262 inches, Collection of the artist
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