We had the good fortune of connecting with Dane Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dane, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I have been getting into Octavia Butler’s work pretty heavy lately, but the one that stands on rop of it for me is Parable Of The Sower. It showed me how ideology can be used in a tangible way.
The first line “”All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God Is Change”, petty much says it all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m excited by ideas and how they connect, especially in black culture. I notice I do that a lot through figures and people and that’s who I show in my work.
The thing that got me to this point was putting myself and my art out there more to be seen. It was a learning curve but I learned how to promote myself and find my artistic voice.
I want people to know anything that you create, and put into the world is you. When you sell your product the brand is you, you are selling yourself (in a non-creepy way).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In short, Ramen restaurant, Korean restaurant, Nigerian Restaurant, Jamaican restaurant…. (I think y’all see where I’m headed with this) I”ve had the best time just chatting over food.
Anything else I’m down for exploring the city as ATL is always vibrant. But at least 60% of the spots would be art relatedShoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly the whole Atlanta art and vendor community has embraced me in such a way that I would feel funny naming individual people.
But I can say that the people that ride with me in the collective Art Crew ATL (Amara, Velasco,and JD) has grounded me in a way I never imagined.