I'm an artist and an anthropologist. My studio practice explores the confluence of nature, humanity, and technology; or rather matter, energy, and consciousness. My technique is grounded in classical Roman and Byzantine mosaic, and executed in contemporary castoffs from the twenty-first century construction industry. I work directly with private clients, art consultants, architects, and designers to create site-specific fine art and architectural installations for a range of healing, commercial, and residential spaces.
Most recently, I have been experimenting with what I call 'deep object studies', small-format compositions created from bits of found hardware according to a set of universal laws that I invented. These experiments have culminated in an off-the-radar stealth exhibition:
deep objects: material essays installed in a stairwell
a jo braun experiment
600 North 36th Street
Fremont, Seattle, 98103
M - F 8 am - 8 pm, Sa 8 am - 6 pm, Su 8 am - 5 pm
See the virtual preview here. (I'll note that I've already sold
six eight of these, so if you want one, let me know!)
The State of Alaska recently commissioned me to create and install a large format five-panel artwork for the McLaughlin Youth Facility in Anchorage, AK. Great client, wonderful experience.
I will teach my 2-day workshop 'Working Direct from Scratch' on the East Coast, at M3 Gallery in Pineville, NC, 20-21 September. I designed this course to share the theoretical and technical core of my studio practice--mastering thin set mortar, and the 'rules' of classical mosaic grammar. Everything else I do with mosaic emerges from these two spheres of competence. I limit my classes to 8 participants so I can provide one-on-one attention and keep the class structure conversational. Click the link to register.
If you live closer to the West Coast, I teach this course at Seattle Mosaic Arts. There's a rumor circulating to the effect that I'll be offering it again in September, but even I don't know if it's true yet! If you want it to become true, contact SMA and let them know you'd like to take my class.