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Carlin Brown What else is a window: MFA Exhibition
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Carlin Brown What else is a window: MFA Exhibition
Carlin Brown
What else is a window

MFA Graduate Project Exhibition

May 15-June 10, 2017
Reception: Wednesday, May 17th, 6-8pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, May 24, 4pm

Melanie Flood Projects
420 SW Washington St #301

Portland, OR 97204

Gallery House: Saturday 12-5pm and by private appointment

Free and open to the public

The School of Art + Design at Portland State University is pleased to announce What else is a window, a exhibition of new work by MFA candidate Carlin Brown at Melanie Flood Projects.

Brown's photographs and sculptural objects use materials which respond to the physical experience of the scree as an entryway's threshold, a reflective pool of light, or a mediated virtual. The window opens onto a world beyond it is where surface meets depth, where transparency meets its barriers. The window is also a frame, a proscenium: its edges hold a view in place.[1]

The computer window is a screen within a screen, nested and stacked on its desktop like structural frames. It shifts the window's metaphor from a singular frame to a repetitive many. By stripping mirrors of their reflections and scrubbing the image's surface with a virtual-brush, the seductive qualities of metallic paper and panes of glass recall familiar experiences. This exhibition calls for the viewer to be present and offline, a replacement for the screen.

Carlin Brown (carlin b) is a Canadian artist and curator living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including group and solo exhibitions across North America, United Kingdom, and Australia. Most recently, Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art, Calgary, CA; Meyers Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, OH; Redline Center for Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Speeshow: [C.A.F.E.], Lyon, FR; Wallace & Grace Hayden Gallery, Eugene, OR; ATM Gallery, Austin, TX; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, GR; Tate Modern, London, UK; Contemporary Art at Arts Commons, Calgary, CA. She studied at Concordia University and holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art + Design.

What else is a window is presented as part of Portland State University's 2017 Master of FIne Art in Contemporary Art Practice: Studio program season graduate exhibitions. More information visit and


[1] Anne Friedberg, The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.