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  Judith Braun
Homeostasis
March 20 - April 24, 2016
 

Homeostasis refers to systematic stability, and the works in this exhibition are part of Braun’s ongoing series of drawings, Symmetrical Procedures, begun in 2003. Braun’s parameters for these drawings are threefold: abstraction, which allows for freedom in her imagery; symmetry, an underlying principle of mathematics, physics, music, and language that provides equilibrium amidst the chaotic; and the use of carbon media like charcoal and graphite.  The artist employs carbon-rich materials not only because of their potential for infinite gradations but also because they derive from a fundamental element in nature.  Additionally, Braun’s conceptual parameters relate to the physics of emergent systems, a theory which explains how quantity and diversity combine and interact to allow systems to self-organize within the constraints of simple rules.  She notes that, “Though my drawings are spare and pristine, I think they are a response to my chaotic, and beloved, urban life, with its endless possibilities and interactions, and may reflect the need to navigate a quiet path within the maelstrom….I’m aiming for clarity as an expression of intention, not of accomplishment.”
 
Ranging in date from 2004 to the present and organized into several groupings, the works demonstrate the diversity and complexity of Braun’s investigations.  The various mark-making strategies in Symmetrical Procedures have evolved over time and respond to one another in a continuous engagement.  Some simple and elegant linear drawings use repeated and varied elements similar to themes in a musical composition.  In others, lines fragment into particles which spin and vibrate.  Another group has mirrored, echoed and repeated motifs that create elaborate and complex compositions.  In several drawings the surface of the paper is densely covered with graphite and the absence of marks defines the imagery.  One grouping of sixteen drawings investigates a small perceptual puzzle resulting from the single overlap of a simple shape.  Also in the exhibition will be a large-scale fingerprint drawing made directly on the wall, part of an ongoing series Braun calls Fingerings.  While the composition is schematized in advance, Braun works carefully but spontaneously, with focused attention to the pressure and gesture of her charcoal-dipped fingers.  
 
 
 
Symmetrical Procedure IN-30-2, 2016
Graphite on paper
29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches

Symmetrical Procedure FB-30-2, 2014
Charcoal on paper
26 x 26 inches

Symmetrical Procedure IN-30-1, 2015
Graphite on paper
29 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure TTC-16-4, 2015
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches

Symmetrical Procedure BKS-19-1, 2008
Graphite on Dura-lar
16 x 16 inches

Symmetrical Procedure IN-11-1, 2015
Graphite on Dura-lar
11 x 11 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure NE-21-4, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure TTC-9-10, 2008
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches

Symmetrical Procedure EM-16-1, 2015
Gouache on paper
16 x 16 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure NE-21-1, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure TTC-16-2, 2015
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches

Symmetrical Procedure BKS-13-3, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
13 x 13 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure CH-19-2, 2008
Graphite on paper
19 x 19 inches

Symmetrical Procedure TTC-9-5, 2005
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches

Symmetrical Procedure CH-19-4, 2008
Graphite on paper
19 x 19 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure TTC-9-9, 2005
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches

Symmetrical Procedure NE-21-2, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure TTC-16-3, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure IN-11-5, 2004
Graphite on Dura-lar
11 x 11 inches

Symmetrical Procedure NE-21-3, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure IN-11-3, 2015
Graphite on Dura-lar
11 x 11 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure ST-9-11, 2009
Graphite on Dura-lar
12 x 12 inches

Symmetrical Procedure JC-10-7, 2009
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure ST-9-12, 2015
Graphite on Dura-lar
12 x 12 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure EM-13-2, 2013
Graphite on Dura-lar
13 x 13 inches

Symmetrical Procedure BE-10-2, 2015
Graphite on Dura-lar
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure FP-20-3, 2016
Bleached charcoal on paper
19 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure CC-10-16, 2008
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure JC-10-6, 2015
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure CC-10-15, 2008
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure BE-10-3, 2015
Graphite on Dura-lar
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure EM-12-2, 2016
Gouache on paper
12 x 12 inches

Symmetrical Procedure BE-14-2, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure S-6-9, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
6 x 6 inches

Symmetrical Procedure S-6-7, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
6 x 6 inches

Symmetrical Procedure S-6-8, 2014
Graphite on Dura-lar
6 x 6 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure CC-10-14, 2008
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure JC-10-1, 2010
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Symmetrical Procedure JC-10-5, 2015
Graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
 
Symmetrical Procedure ST-12-4, 2013
Graphite on Dura-lar
12 x 12 inches

Amulet Grid, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 drawings, each 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
 
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