The White Stripes’ music blasted through speakers from Mana’s fourth floor café directly across from Carole Feuerman’s open IS Day studio.
Jack White’s howling guitar was the perfect opening serenade for the chorus of Carole’s sculptures basking in hyper-real, pulse racing resurrection.
During International Sculpture Day at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, Carole’s Studio was a phantasmagoria of hyper-real shimmering swimmers in prime condition and polished to perfection.
Free refreshments were served and the crowd gathered to get up close, ultra-access to see Carole’s glowing, sculpted, bodies that flawlessly mirror the human form.
There are certain calendar events that you would kick yourself for missing. Carole’s IS Day celebration at MANA Contemporary was definitely one of those happenings and people knew it. Many took off work, while others drove in from out of state!
If you were at the event and found yourself talking to one of Carole’s hyper-realistic sculptures by accident, don’t worry you’re not alone. One gentleman even humorously confessed his feelings for a sculpture as he took a photo, “You don’t have eyes, but I love you.”
Mana Contemporary is a cultural center in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Opened in May 2011, the center provides services, spaces, and programming for artists, collectors, curators, performers, students, and community. It is conveniently located at 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City.
Once an old Tobacco Factory, the massive space has been turned into a beacon of artistic excellence that beckons all to explore its labyrinth of bold works.
Mana champions sculpture and on IS Day there were over a hundred artist studios open to the public! This free event drew loads of people and as they came through Mana’s doors they were immediately immersed in Carole Feuerman's Lobby Exhibition!
Carole’s Sculptures including, Kendall Island, Next Summer, Diver, and Mona Lisa are the perfect introduction to MANA!
Her dedicated efforts, visible in every hyper-real detail, speak to the aesthetic exertions of her fellow impassioned legions of artists at Mana Contemporary. The building is united in diverse, active creating.
Carole is excited that her Swimmers are on display at her second studio home and will act as welcoming beacons!
Carole's newest innovation is Kendall's elevated diving board pedestal.
She was inspired after seeing Kendall Island installed on a custom made six foot pedestal in New Orleans as part of the year long Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibit.
Kendall’s elevation was especially compelling and Carole wanted to give her that same engaging presence at Mana.
The Lobby Exhibition will run through July.
Longtime friend to Carole A. Feuerman, Gianluca Bisol recently visited Carole’s NYC and New Jersey studios and was delighted to see new works as well as classic favorites!
Mr. Bisol is the President & CEO of the company that bears his family's name. Bisol has been producing world famous Prosecco wines since 1875.
Gianluca has been a passionate sponsor of several of Carole's exhibitions including: exhibitions held at the Moretti Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, and past Venice Biennales to name a few.
Gianluca Bisol is generously and enthusiastically sponsoring both of Carole’s upcoming exhibitions in Italy: Shapes of Reality at Aria Gallery in Florence as well as Time-Space-Existence presented by Personal Structures by Global Art Affairs, as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale!
Carole’s Solo Show “Shapes of Reality” will be on view at The Aria Gallery in Florence from May 1st to June 20th.
Aria’s spaces are located at Borgo SS Apostoli 40r - Florence!
Curator Antonio D’Amico writes, “Feuerman shapes the soul of sculptures.” The Aria Gallery show reflects Carole’s return to the ideals of the Renaissance as she examines the exquisite elegance hidden behind each shape of the human body.
She celebrates the human form by capturing emotions and gestures. D’Amico advocates the notion that Carole’s superb hyper-realism is so successful that she has “become a competitor against nature.”
The great news is that the Florence Gallery is only a short train ride away from the Venice Biennale! Over 300,000 people will attend the Venice Biennale. If you’re one of those lucky attendees on vacation in Italy, I urge you to try and catch both of Carole’s shows!
Carole has been invited again to take part in the Venice Biennale, which is often dubbed “the Olympics of the art world”. Her monumental works DurgaMa and Leda and the Swan are part of the 2015 exhibit: Time –Space-Existence presented by Personal Structures by Global Art Affairs running from May 9th through November 22, 2015 in Palazzo Mora. Her selections for this year draw on the themes of birth/rebirth and existence.
Leda and the Swan draws on mythical context. It is based on the Greek myth in which Zeus, disguised as a swan, seduces Leda, resulting in the birth of Helen of Troy. The reclining female figure drapes her relaxed body across the back of the inflatable swan in an elegant curve that moves from the swan’s neck to its tail.
She is simultaneously strong and serene in a vintage women’s bathing suit and swim cap. When the Swan left Carole’s NYC studio the combined weight of the sculpture and its crate was over 1,000 pounds!
DurgaMa is an ascending beauty that represents the cycles of existence. The lotus symbolizes rebirth and spiritual awakening. The meditative figure sitting atop the opened lotus flower speaks to the purity of the artist’s inner vision.
The lotus’ strong stem carries it up to twelve inches above dirty water to bloom. It represents the soul’s journey from the mud of materialism to the radiant light of enlightenment. DurgaMa basks in that light.
Carole and Gianluca have a long standing bond that has brought them together to celebrate fine art and fine wine many times at Feuerman’s exhibitions. Their collaborations began with the 2007 Venice Biennale when Carol unveiled her famous Survival of Serena at Paradiso in Giardini.
Feuerman fondly recalls, sitting at her table by the entrance to Paradiso and watching the already swollen lines to view the piece, grow even larger.
In a serendipitous twist, as the guests at the table began to introduce themselves, Gianluca explained that he sponsored the exhibition for an artist named Carole Feuerman. Carole excitedly confessed that she was in fact the artist and they have been friends ever since!
The wine connoisseur’s family owned Bisol has a vineyard with 16 different sites with a myriad of varying soils and microclimates, which helps them bottle their own distinct brand of perfection:
“Our philosophy is to express the freshness and flavor of Prosecco” says, Export Director Giovanni Oliva.
DURING THE VENICE ART BIENNALE 2015
Palazzo Bembo & Palazzo Mora
9 May until 22 November 2015 (Pre-View 7 and 8 May 2015)
The exhibition is organized by:
Sarah Gold, Karlyn De Jongh, Valeria Romagnini, Rachele De Stefano,
Anna De Stefano, Jaspal Birdi, Lucia Pedrana and Rene Rietmeyer.
Latest book Publication:
PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME - SPACE - EXISTENCE #2
Next Art Project Publications:
YOKO ONO: ARISING
herman de vries: being this joy experience unity
14th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
7 June - 23 November 2015.
by Kelsey Zalimeni
With the World Cup kicking off this week, spirits and anticipation run high all over the globe. In light of all the excitement, what better work to consider than Carole Feuerman's 'Lauren Perdue,' a full-body resin cast of the young Olympic athlete. Now, of course swimming and soccer aren't nearly the same activity. However, the key traits of a top competitor- passion, discipline, and drive- are common amongst champions of any sport. As a portrait, 'Lauren Perdue' honors the incredible career of an Olympic athlete. Expanded to a larger metaphor, this piece reflects the ability of athletic events like the Olympics and World Cup to unite nations across the globe in the spirit of sport.
Although the figure is shown at rest, this does not imply any sort of complacency or defeat. Her countenance and symmetrical pose speak to balance and focus, as viewers catch the determined competitor in a moment of silent preparation. The display choice puts the piece fully into context, surrounding Lauren by her natural habitat, her sanctuary, her racing lane. All who encounter this sculpture are reminded of the purity of sport, invited to be lost in admiration of our human capabilities.
Watch this short feature on Carole's process with 'Lauren Perdue'-
Visit Lauren Perdue's Team USA page HERE.