Carole A. Feuerman's Hong Kong Hyper-Real Pool Party Lives Up to the Hype / by Carole Feuerman

Kendall Island  , 2014. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

Kendall Island, 2014. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

Even the Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbor couldn’t distract the crowd’s attention from Feuerman’s Harbour City Swimmers exhibition. The show is a surreal spectacle of hyper-real sculptures and models dressed as Feuerman’s sculptures integrated together throughout the exhibit.

People’s heads were spinning as models would come to life and move, while others waited for Feuerman’s sculptures to do the same.

Monumental Quan  , 2012. Oil on Bronze with Stainless Steel. 67 x 60 x 43 inches.

Monumental Quan, 2012. Oil on Bronze with Stainless Steel. 67 x 60 x 43 inches.

Feuerman’s reputation as a master illusionist was immediately apparent and the crowd was entranced by the specially commissioned swimming pool home for Kendall Island, Olympus, Next Summer, The Golden Mean, Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball, and Monumental Quan.

 

 

Neon lights and camera flashes illuminated the flawless swimmers and set social media ablaze as Feuerman enthusiasts posted pics of the show that spread like wildfire.

 

It’s the sculptor’s first solo show in Hong Kong and the response has been monumental. Viewers were wonderfully delirious and delighted by Feuerman’s swimmers.

It’s often said that people fall in love with Feuerman’s sculptures because of their exuberant celebration of life in its finest details and the people of Hong Kong certainly seem to be reveling in this celebration.

The Golden Mean  , 2012. Bronze and 24K Gold Leaf. 150 x 54 x 38 inches.

The Golden Mean, 2012. Bronze and 24K Gold Leaf. 150 x 54 x 38 inches.

Next Summer  , 2012. Oil on Bronze with Stainless Steel. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Bronze with Stainless Steel. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

There is nothing casual about Feuerman’s hyper-realism and perhaps that is its most potent trait. Feuerman’s swimmers transcend ordinary reality because of their timeless nature. Her artistic technique for hyper-realism succeeds in capturing emotion in motion.

 

Olympus  , 2013. Oil on Resin. 10 x 168 x 66 inches.

Olympus, 2013. Oil on Resin. 10 x 168 x 66 inches.

The swimmers beckon for viewers to see reality afresh; after discovering the details of a Feuerman, people’s eyes cannot help, but be more aware of the world around them. The quiet gift given to people at the exhibition from every sculpture is the will and desire to truly see the magic of life’s finer points.

Anyone lucky enough to see the show will walk away with a new found hyper perspective, which will beautify their life and allow them to see new grandeurs residing all around them. They’ll realize that they were looking, just not hard enough.

 

Harbour City, Hong Kong.

Harbour City, Hong Kong.