Unspeakable, New Works by Brett McDanel and Cynthia Brown


  • Kasum Contemporary Fine Art

This January Kasum Contemporary will ring in the New Year with an exhibit featuring impetuously bold abstract paintings by represented artist Cynthia Brown and distinctively narrative large format sculpture by represented artist Brett McDanel. The exhibit, Unspeakable, will open on Saturday, January 16th and will run through Sunday, February 14th, 2016. The gallery will host a Preview Reception on the evening of Saturday, January 16th from 5:30-7:30 PM (RSVP required) and a Closing Reception on the evening of Friday, February 12th from 7:00-10:00 PM. Persons interested in attending the Preview Reception may RSVP by contacting the gallery at 405.604.6602 or by emailing inquiry@kasumcontemporary.com.

Gallery artist Brett McDanel is not outspoken but his work most assuredly is. Using his background in construction he up-cycles gears, widgets, thingamabobs and other found parts, animating them into action as featherless fiends, clawed cats, humanoid busts, edgy furnishings and otherwise eccentrically whimsical sculpture that often delivers a dark comical mood. The last two years the Norman, Oklahoma, artist has realized great success in refocusing his subject matter in the figural form; using his sculpture to convey the human experience and launching his art into the international art marketplace. This January Kasum Contemporary will unveil McDanel’s largest work to date. “This is a project I’ve been thinking about for two years,” says McDanel. The large scale installation will manifest the artist’s interpretation of the ephemerality of the corporate ladder and the narrative of those that ascend its rungs. Brett’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets and is represented in Santa Fe at InArt Santa Fe and in Oklahoma City at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art.


Newly represented gallery artist Cynthia Brown has been actively creating art and contributing to the Oklahoma art scene since the 1990’s. Her abstract paintings range from soft and spacious to bold and chaotic; delivering a wide range of emotional content. She considers abstract painting to be an, “Act of self-discovery; an intuitive process of adding, subtracting, layering and communication with the media she uses.” The artist begins each canvas with spontaneous mark making and as the work unfolds and begins to reveal its nature she does her best to capture what occurs. Simply put, she allows the painting to happen; acting as a guide in the process. The artist studios in Tulsa, where she also taught art in the Tulsa Public School system for 10 years before refocusing her activities in painting media. Her works are represented in Santa Fe at The William and Joseph Gallery, in Tulsa at M.A. Doran Gallery and in Oklahoma City at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art w here she will debut new works later this month. Cynthia’s work has been featured in exhibits and publications throughout the southwest United States.


About the Gallery:

Kasum Contemporary Fine Art’s eclectic consortium of represented gallery artists are defined by their provocatively bold artworks which challenge the observer as much as the artist; be it through technique, concept, emotion or the sheer deafening volume of compassion behind the work. It the founders’ philosophy that while anyone can create art, artists are rare; true artistry exists in the conception, the delivery and the drive to exceed the expected in all capacities. The gallery features exhibit receptions, lectures, demonstrations, pop-up exhibits, interactive installations, special performance events and seasonal patron events. The establishment is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am – 7:30pm, Friday from 11:30am – 8:30pm, Saturday from 11:30am – 7:30pm and Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Kasum Contemporary Fine Art is located at 1706 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 and can be reached by calling 405.604.6602.