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.

New Swimmer Triptych

by Kelsey Zalimeni

Carole Feuerman's latest 2D works feature more bright and beautiful prints of her patented swimmers. This trio is the latest addition to her expansive print series. Here we have Capri, Catalina, and Moran, each smoothly rendered before a pastel background tiled with sketches of their likeness. The group adds even more breadth and depth to Carole's ambitious print project. 

"Capri" , 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

"Capri", 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

"Catalina" , 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

"Catalina", 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

"Moran" , 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

"Moran", 2014, Giclée with Silkscreen, 20 x 30 inches

The swimmers are photorealistic, a conscious choice by Carole to keep them stylistically separate from her hyperreal sculptures.  The details are just enough to convey the their supple skin and the unique texture of the shiny suits and caps.  The saturated figure sits perfectly before the wash background. The two planes are thematically bound by the repetition of the swimmer's portrait in each. These new prints further affirm the span of Carole's versatile talent.