Deborah Brown: The Bushwick Paintings
Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through May 16 2010
In her latest impressionist street- and sky-scapes, Brown paints post-industrial views of Bushwick with a dreamy, pastoral aesthetic that doesn’t quite romanticize poverty so much as isolate moments of beauty amidst the ugly. Set against pink-blue skies, barbed wire-topped fences take on a swirling, playful quality that almost seems legible. Trees filled with birds and plastic bags come to life with comic, Tim Burton-esque whimsy. Brown’s most affecting works, however, manage to isolate the ‘hood’s hulking infrastructural architecture like cement plants and water towers amidst spectacular, sprawling skies.