Breaking artistic boundaries

Loren Brown talks to ArtWalk onlookers about his paper collages. Brown made his collages from Vogue magazines.

CHLOE GRUNDMEIER, Evergreen reporter

This weekend, the Pullman ArtWalk allowed psychologist Loren Brown to cross boundaries and disciplines with his collage artwork.

Brown is interested in the kind of artwork that blurs boundaries between different disciplines, and he used inspiration from poetry in this series, he said.

“When seemingly random images are placed next to each other in collage, they can make new meaning or a new image,” Brown said, “in the same way that poets put seemingly random words or lines together to make new meaning, or paint a new image.”

Brown took all the material used in his 10 collages from different issues of Vogue magazine. The way Brown constructed the collages it’s not obvious all the images came from a fashion magazine, he said.

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Loren Brown’s collages on display during the ArtWalk on Saturday inside of Niell’s Flowers.

“I started playing around with the backgrounds of photos; almost none of the material came from the model or focal point of the image it was collected from,” Brown said. “I liked using the backgrounds and different textures from the magazines.”

Brown discussed his inspiration for this series as coming from the process, rather than being an idea beforehand that he stayed focused on.

“When I was looking at a few of the completed collages, I realized they reminded me of poems,” Brown said. “[They] are dedicated to a different poet who the piece reminded me of.”

This year was Brown’s first time participating in the ArtWalk, as he moved to Pullman last July. He was very excited to learn how much the Palouse values the arts. Small towns in rural areas don’t regularly focus on the various forms of artistic creativity, he said, so this focus was very exciting to him.

“It’s really important to expose people to different kinds of art; not all art pieces are realistic paintings of landscapes, but everyone has a different style,” Brown said. “Young people need a chance to see how broad art can really be, and be inspired to make their own kind of art.”