“In his first solo exhibition, local artist Dillon Brown has created This Heart of Mine with a variety of mediums and materials to encapsulate his journey thus-far through the realm of love. Romantic, familial, and self love are some of the themes revealed using a multi-faceted approach to explore the ways in which they intersect, divide and unite; not only for the artist himself, but humanity as a whole. The images and phrases throughout the show will invite the viewer to identify with, and share in the universal joys, pleasures, traumas, and triumphs of the most unique piece of the human experience. The grounding force of the exhibit is three sculptures the artist created specifically for This Heart of Mine. Using the iconic symbol of the stylized heart shape—whose connotation is vapid due to its commercialization—Brown is able to imbue meaning and deeply personal subject matter. He turns our notion of the heart as kitsch on its head, even while using not only the “heart shape” but materials often found in the Valentine’s Day isle at the supermarket. By including family heirlooms, gifts, clothing, photos and journal entries into the pieces, he creates a contrast between the flamboyant, yet fun, plasticity of the “heart shape” and the emotion that truly lies within. Brown shares with us a tangible representation of how his own heart’s course has created the framework for his perspective on life and future relationships.
Local artist Dillon Brown is exactly that to his very core. His deep connection to place and the natural world informs his work and is often a tangible part of it. With various courses taken in graphic design, ceramics and art history, he is mostly self-trained and self-disciplined in his passion to create meaningful, personal and conceptual works. Driven by bravery and love of process, he has explored a variety of mediums and materials. From ceramics, painting, sculpture, and found-art collage, to digital media, Brown remains consistently open to the new and the old. As a 6th generation Nevadan and native Renoite, Brown incorporates his family history, natural artifacts (both heirloom and found), with modern materials to tell stories that are current yet collective—and always intimate. Much of Brown’s inspiration comes from his late grandfather Charlie who could build anything—was a rock-hound and amateur archeologist. He explored and collected—his most incredible find of ancient Native American baskets in a Nevada desert cave (which bears his name) are on display at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. This Heart of Mine is Dillon Brown’s first solo exhibition. His work has been exhibited in group shows in and around Reno at the Lyon County court house (where his artwork was selected from 35 artists as the title piece), Studio on 4th, the former Club Underground, and the First United Methodist Church. Dillon Brown lives and works in Reno, Nevada. He is an Optician by day, a dreamer by night, and an artist always.”
Bio by Dena Sweigart