Keeping up with Carole

by Kelsey Zalimeni

Last weekend I had the privilege to spend a busy afternoon with Carole, starting at her busy NYC studio and finishing in New Jersey at the immense Mana Contemporary Art Center.  On this particular Friday, Carole was wrapping up some business in NY when I came to call. I jumped at her invitation to join John Richey and herself on a trip to Mana, where a sculpture was to be transported to her second studio on site, and new prints of Carole's were being developed.

 First order of business- moving 'Monumental City Slicker' from storage to studio. Proper recognition must go out to John on this job... that sculpture is   heavy  .

 First order of business- moving 'Monumental City Slicker' from storage to studio. Proper recognition must go out to John on this job... that sculpture is heavy.

Since we were pressed for time at Mana, Carole and I split off from John at the studio so he could handle the sculpture project. We went down to the second floor to view proofs at Gary Lichtenstein Editions.

Gary and his crew were hard at work when we arrived

Gary and his crew were hard at work when we arrived

These floral swim cap proofs were the prints being considered

These floral swim cap proofs were the prints being considered

After a brief and productive meeting at GLE, we headed back to check on John's progress. To Carole's great relief, he and a Mana employee had managed to get 'City Slicker' in a perfect position for the impending client viewing. 

We left Mana needing Advil and dinner. I thought to myself how hard Carole, John, and the entire Feuerman staff work incredibly hard day in and day out.  Saying our goodbyes on the PATH back to the City, I wished Carole well.  Another reunion has passed, and I'm already looking forward to the next one! 

Octavia Gallery: Exhibition & Book Signing

by Kelsey Zalimeni

Carole Feuerman's newest prints St. Barts and St. Lucia will be exhibited at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans beginning September 13.  In conjunction with the opening, Carole is set for two book signing events, in promotion of her recent Artist Book Foundation release by John T. Spike and John Yau, titled 'Swimmers.'

'St. Barts' ,  2014- Archival Pigment Print, 26 x 52 inches

'St. Barts', 2014- Archival Pigment Print, 26 x 52 inches

Both the print showing and book signings will be held at Octavia Art Gallery, located at 454 Julia Street, New Orleans LA 70130.  The exhibition runs until October 11, 2014, so be sure to stop through if you're in the area.  Carole will be signing copies of 'Swimmers' on October 1, 4:30-6pm and October 4 from 11am-2pm.

'Swimmers' by John T. Spike and John Yau- available now on Amazon.com

'Swimmers' by John T. Spike and John Yau- available now on Amazon.com


Come support Carole and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about her career and works in person!

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. 

A Different Side

Carole Feuerman is best known for her hyper-real sculptures, but her versatility extends into the 2D realm as well. These featured prints are in dialogue with a Warholian approach to artmaking- repetition of iconic imagery with variation in color placement. 

This group of Serena prints hang together in this grid on the walls of Carole's studio

This group of Serena prints hang together in this grid on the walls of Carole's studio

Yet another group of prints call upon Warhol's diamond-dusted series; these bathers exude a dazzling aura, enchanting viewers with their sparkle from all angles. Colors include this pink print, as well as blue, gold and silver.

A different angle of the the bather, in the same diamond-dusted fashion as the other prints.

A different angle of the the bather, in the same diamond-dusted fashion as the other prints.

Carole's prints are a great accompaniment to her sculptural pieces; the reproduction of her swimmers through print solidifies their likeness as an iconic symbol within her oeuvre