Are artists in Houston paying attention to Braque and Magritte, given the abundance of their work currently on view in the city? The answer appears to be yes, and not just painters, judging from photographer David A. Brown’s unveiling of recent single-exposure images in his trying to find my way series on Saturday at Jung Center. Brown name-checks the two modernists in ode to magritte and sometimes i want to be georges braque.
I’d say the Braque affinity is especially strong–the spatial play, the push and pull–and that Brown’s photographic approach is at its most interesting when it suggests cubist, rather than surrealist, ways of seeing. ode to magritte feels like just that, an ode. He’s trying to be Braque in sometimes i want to be georges braque, and the resulting image packs a stronger punch.
Brown’s show continues through March 28 at the Jung Center of Houston.