Born in 1951 in Glendale, CA, James hd Brown relocated with his family to Oaxaca, Mexico in 1995 where he founded Carpe Diem Press. Collaborating with Gabriel and Judith Quintas of Linotípográfica Quintas, Brown creates limited edition art books featuring the work of influential artists from the United States and Mexico. Brown often includes original prints made by the artists to be inserted in the books themselves. The USC Fisher Museum of Art will highlight Brown’s unique artist press, featuring approximately twenty books and related ephemera. Some of the artists included in the Carpe Diem series are Joan Jonas, Graciela Iturbide, Kiki Smith, and Francisco Toledo. Brown will be producing a new artist book especially for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Brown’s exhibition will also feature his "My Other House,” begun in 2009 and worked on continuously since then. The idea for this project came to Brown after his two sons, while living “in a forgotten house in the wildness of Mexico, somewhere outside of Oaxaca” discovered a staircase leading to an “almost secret” mezzanine. Nobody else was allowed access to this place, a sanctuary that the boys called “my other house”. Intrigued by this concept, Brown began investigating the consequences of having another physical or imaginary place that becomes fundamental to one's creative and imaginative life. “My Other House" will be installed in the four main galleries at the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
USC Fisher Museum of Art is the only Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA partner featuring an exhibition dedicated to an LA-born expatriate artist. Brown has lived and worked in Mexico for the past 22 years, and Fisher’s exhibition will demonstrate his ongoing creative dialogue and exchange with Mexican art, artists, and culture.