Pretty/Complex

by Kelsey Zalimeni

Carole Feuerman's latest prints are an extension of her fascination with swimming and water.  These pieces feature clusters of swim caps and swimsuits, free of their practical use and presented as objects themselves.  A combination of playful arrangement and bright color make for a cheerful mood.  The titles- St. Barts and St. Lucia- further enforce the joyful radiation.

'St Barts', 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 72 x 30.75 inches

'St Barts', 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 72 x 30.75 inches

'St Lucia', 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 72 x 30.75 inches

'St Lucia', 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 72 x 30.75 inches

Although they're aesthetically pleasing, these prints aren't just pretty pictures.  They contain complexities which spur thought and conversation.  St Barts and St Lucia both bear the movement and composition of an abstract-expressionist painting.  The vast array of texture and pattern provide depth and dimension that challenge the eye.  Lastly, the anthropomorphic nature of this garment gathering yields a most entertaining narrative; one could get lost within the play of either piece for quite some time.

 

The caps and swimsuits assembled in St Barts and St Lucia are the same ones she has used in her sculptures over the last 40 years.  Can you match a cap or suit to a Feuerman sculpture? Submit your findings to info@carolefeuerman.com or post in the comment bar below.