Large Composition with Round Earrings, Heart Earrings, Bamboo Earrings and Chickenheads with Twenty Gold Impressions
This sculptural relief casts hoop earrings from 1990s hip-hop culture as celebratory symbols of female empowerment and maturity while also evoking an ancient carved tablet. Brown's pieces are presented as if they were artifacts from another era. She explores both the anthropological and aesthetic dimensions of her materials.
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LaKela Brown sculptural reliefs evoke ancient art forms such as hieroglyphic wall carvings or cuneiform relief tablets. She references 1990s hip-hop culture by using rope chain necklaces, gold-capped teeth and chicken heads, while posing door-knocker hoop earrings as celebratory symbols of female empowerment and maturity. Brown presents her pieces as if they were artifacts discovered from another era in museum-like displays that invite examinations as much anthropological as aesthetic.
LaKela Brown holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Solo exhibitions of her work include: LaKela Brown at Rockefeller Center at Art Production Fund in New York City; Surface Possessions at 56 Henry in New York City; Material Relief at Reyes Projects in Detroit, Michigan; Untitled at Lars Friedrich Gallery in Berlin, Germany; Bamboo Earrings At Least Two Part at Cave Gallery in Detroit, Michigan; and LaKela Brown: Solar Gold at Jackie Klempay in Brooklyn, New York; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown her work include: To Heal and Protect at Welancora Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; ID: Formations of the Self at Shirley Fiterman Art Center in BMCC, New York; A group of more or less than 10 at Winter Street Gallery in Edgartown, Massachusetts; Metallica at Foxy Production in New York City; and Styles of Resistance: From the Corner to the Catwalk at MOCADA in Brooklyn, NY; among others.
In 2018, Brown was a Faculty Artist-In-Resident at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan.