Austen Brown

Mudroom (2015)

The Bakken region of North Dakota has experienced unprecedented growth due to the economic conditions surrounding oil production. A hyper mobile workforce of around 40,000 have been relegated to living in trucks, RV parks, and motels, leaving behind fragments of short lived homes when the work dries up. I’ve made two visits, one at the height of oil extraction and the other more recently, when production has declined due to the artificially low prices initiated by OPEC. These audio and video recordings are of two moments; productivity and a subsequent fall. Focusing on sites of industry and housing, moving images are overlaid on field recordings that move through spaces of extraction, production, discarded rooms, and waste.

Austen Brown

(B. 1985) Is an artist living in Chicago, IL holding his Master of Fine Arts from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. Using geography and a site based practice, he investigates the fragmented nature of place through sound, video, and sculpture. His work has been shown around the United States at EXPO Chicago, IL; ACRE, Chicago, IL; Switched on Garden, Philadelphia, PA; Flat Gallery, Chicago, IL; LODGE, Chicago, IL; Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014 he was an artist in residence at ACRE, and has received awards including the Municipal Arts League Fellowship, Siragusa Foundation Fellowship, New Artist Society Scholarship (SAIC), and the Sonic Arts Fellowship (SAIC).

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