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Geary Contemporary

185 Varick Street

Geary Contemporary’s latest show, Runaways, is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Bushwick-based artist Deborah Brown. The artist’s first solo exhibition with Geary Contemporary displays a series of work in which Brown utilizes the post-industrial landscape of her surroundings as the starting point for a narrative, where a female protagonist, her dog, and various avian companions move through urban and pastoral settings. Thick daubs of paint applied with a palette knife are punctuated by linear passages and off-register color patches, offering a fractured, brooding landscape that navigates an exotic and unfamiliar world. Seen as a whole, Runaways channels feelings of abjection, strength, freedom, and empowerment.