Cover image: Aaron Fowler and Lex Brown, C.E., 2018. Performance: New Museum, New York. Courtesy New Museum. Photo: Scott Rudd
In conjunction with “Aaron Fowler: Bigger Than Me,” on view in the Storefront Window of the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building, Fowler has paired with Lex Brown for a new collaborative performance, C.E. (2018). Written by Brown and devised with Fowler, C.E. brings together the sci-fi worlds of Brown’s interdisciplinary practice and Fowler’s storytelling approach to personal narrative. Each playing an A.I. named Alexa, Brown and Fowler navigate systems of social and economic control in search of the people who have gone missing in a privatized world. Premiered during the opening reception for “Bigger Than Me,” it is the artists’ first collaboration.
Aaron Fowler (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO) is an artist based in New York and Los Angeles. “Bigger Than Me” is the artist’s first solo museum presentation. Fowler creates elaborate assemblage paintings through intuitive layering of found objects and unconventional materials that illustrate imagined and concrete narratives from his personal experience. Recent solo exhibitions include Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University (2016); Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH (2016); and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2016). He will be in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018), opening in June, and has been in group exhibitions at Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2017); Saatchi Gallery, London (2017); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015). Fowler was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2015 and an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014.
Lex Brown (b. 1989, Oakland, CA) is an artist, writer, and performer based in New York. Her work plays with personal and emotional experience in relation to large-scale social and economic systems. She will perform as part of “Munchmuseet on the Move” at Munchmuseet, Oslo (2018). She has performed and exhibited work at the High Line, New York (2017); International Center of Photography, New York (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2015); REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles (2014); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2012, she was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her first work in fiction, My Wet Hot Drone Summer, a sci-fi erotic novella that takes on surveillance and social justice, is available from Badlands Unlimited.