New York

Joan Brown

Allan Frumkin Gallery

Joan Brown’s two travel paintings have this scary effect. They were inspired by a trip to South America, but they could be voyages to anywhere unknown. Traveling dislocates, sending the body out into a void, surrounding it with a space that closes off the view, focusing on the body as a center. One painting has a ship in the center; the other, an airplane. Out from these small images, tight coils, short, accumulated trails of paint, are whipped into tornadoes, establishing a foreign territory, a body hurtling through space at the speed of flight—or, more dreadfully, the mind made anxious by the incessant monotony of the sea, an expanse both terrible and boring.

On this trip, Brown saw a lionlike animal and a monkey, both of which she paints. The monkey painting is more interesting: it walks on all fours at the bottom frame of the picture. A curved, meandering shape emanates upward from the

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