Iona Rozeal Brown’s Afro-Japanese paintings

Geishas rock afros, corn rolls and dreadlocks. They fashionably freeze with the same intensity that break dancers pose on the floor, but artist Iona Rozeal Brown’s acrylic painted Asiatic people are in black face, and they’re ri.dic.u.lous. Comic book motifs, Ukiyo-e prints, Kabuki theater, Noh, Byzantine religious painting, voguing and most notably hip-hop, mix together like two turntables playing tug of war with the cross fader. If Brown was a DJ, she’d be Bobbito Garcia taking viewers on a journey all over space and back-back–forth-and-forth through time. Her blending is flawless. Victory.

"Smoking Pipe and Pods"
“Smoking Pipe and Pods 11.11 and 12.23: trifecta inclusion, child walking past window heard to say, ‘1st comes…then comes…’ pon farr mountain tops of memories of tomorrows (study)”
"Live !"
“Live !”
"Untitled"
“Untitled”
"The Happened Stances of Jupiter and Io"
“The Happened Stances of Jupiter and Io”

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