Dixie Brown

Creating in three dimensions gives me the opportunity to visualize another side of things.
I also address alternate viewpoints by the subject/content of my sculptural pieces.

New ways of seeing can be stimulated through associative dissonance,
when the chosen combination of form and material are unexpected.
Confronted with incongruity,
viewers are challenged to reorganize meanings and interpretations.

Recently, I began using the form of a bomb, which is assumed to be hard, destructive, and industrially made.
But my materials are soft, comforting, and worked by hand.
Such opposite characteristics both can be experienced as protection, depending on where one stands.
In addition, a person can experience opposing feelings about the pieces at different times.

EXHIBITIONS

2005      "Fiber Art Exhibition" - Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
              "Ocean Works"- Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA  
              "Bay Area Fine Craft: RED"- Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
              "fiber/Dimensions at the Bay Model"- Sausalito, CA
2004      "Off the Rim" - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
               International Felted Art - Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary
              "Constructions & Compositions"-V. Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
              "Special Interests" - Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
              "Intersections II" - Herbst International Hall, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
              "Red Alert" - Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
              "Black, White and Gray"- ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
              "Innovations in Fiber Art II" - Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2003      "Members Exhibition"- Pacific Rim Sculptors, San Francisco, CA
               Juror: Cheryl Haines
              "The Fine Art of Craft" - Artisans, Mill Valley, CA Juror; Rachel Osajima
                        Best of Show and Merit Award
              "Innovations in Fiberart" - Sebastopol Center or the Arts, CA Juror, Carole Austin
                       Merit Award
2002      "Revelations" - Sight and Insight Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
              "Intersections" - The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
              "Fine Art of Craft" - Art Works Downtown, San Rafael. CA
2001      "Inclinations in Fiber" - Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
              "Fair Forward" - Civic Center, San Rafael. CA Carrie Lederer, Juror Second Place- Installation Art
              "Fiber Art Exhibition" - Green Shutter Gallery, Hayward, CA
2000       Sculpture and Craft Exhibit - Frances Young Gallery, Ross, CA
              "New Dimensional Work"- 600 Townsend, S.F. CA
              "Marinventing the Future"- Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
              "FORM: Paper and Fiber" - Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Merit award
1999      "Beyond Boundaries"- College of Marin Gallery, Kentfield, CA Ted Cohen-Juror
               Fiber Art - Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA Juried by Carole Beadle
               Sculpture and Craft Exhibit - Frances Young Gallery, Ross, Cash award 
               "Earth, Sea,& Air"- Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
               Sculpture and Craft Show - Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
               LucasFilm Art-Tech Gallery - San Rafael, CA
1998       "Crafts National 32" - Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, PA
               "All Creatures Great and Small" - Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
               "The Wheel Stuff" - Civic Center Gallery, Marin County, CA Merit Award
               Annual Members Show - Marin Arts Council, Corte Madera Town Center, CA
              "Sculpture and Craft Exhibit" - Frances Young Gallery, Ross, CA
               Annual Show - College of Marin Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA Jurors' Merit Award
                "Square Foot Show" - InSight Gallery, San Francisco, CA
               Nortel Corporation Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA
             "Experimental Media"- Marin Arts Council, Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
              Marin Society of Artists - Frances Young Gallery, Ross, CA
1997      "29th Annual Textile Exhibit" - Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA
              "Sculpture and Craft Exhibit" - Frances Young Gallery, Ross, CA
              "Close Encounters" - Civic Center Gallery, Marin County, CA Cash award and Honorable Mention
              "Sculpture and Photography" - Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA Manuel Neri - Juror
              "Fiber Dimensions" - Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA


EXHIBITIONS - SOLO 

2000      "Life/Forms" - Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
1999      "Below/Above" - Gallery Oboy, San Francisco, CA

PUBLICATIONS
2004        Art Review by Benjamin Genocchio - The New York Times - July 4, 2004
                Catalog - Spring/Summer Exhibitions 2004 - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
                Catalog - 2004 World Meeting of Felt Art - Budapest, Hungary

2001      "Photographing Fiber"- Fiberarts Magazine
2000      "Biodiversity Boldly Regarded" - Fiberarts Magazine
1999       Fiberarts Design Book VI,  Lark Books, Asheville, NC.
               Surface Design Journal
1998      "Spotlight on Education"- Surface Design Journal,
1997      "Best of the West" - Southwest Art

AFFILIATIONS

Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, SF Bay Area, CA
International Sculpture Center, Chicago, IL
American Craft Council, New York, NY
Friends of Fiber Art International, Western Springs, IL
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
Works - San Jose, CA
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Marin Arts Council, Marin County, CA
fiber/Dimensions group, San Francisco Bay Area, CA