Swimmer Sculpture Spotted in Chelsea

As a slew of gallery openings ensued in Chelsea last week I found myself caught in a cold and gloomy downpour. While walking briskly down 10th Avenue through the pouring rain I spotted Miniature Balance illuminated in the window of Jim Kempner Fine Art. Unaffected by the torrential rain in her sleek black swimsuit and glistening Swarovski crystal cap, she effortlessly caught the eye of many passersby’s. Looking serene and tranquil Miniature Balance acted as a ray of sunshine and warmth on a dreary night. With closed eyes and relaxed features Miniature Balance became a comfort and reminder that a little water never hurt anyone, even when caught in the rain sans umbrella.

Miniature Balance (Swarovski Cap),   2014. Oil on Resin. 18 x 16 x 9 inches.

Miniature Balance (Swarovski Cap), 2014. Oil on Resin. 18 x 16 x 9 inches.

While viewing Miniature Balance, I couldn’t help but think how life-like she seemed to me. It is very easy to catch yourself believing Carole’s sculptures are people at first glance, which is a result of the level of craftsmanship within every artwork. Each sculpture is meticulously rendered with every vein, eyelash, and water drop expertly placed. In many instances I have found myself having to do a double take when passing one of Carole’s swimmer’s. Additionally, they are always very inviting, enticing you to come closer and examine the artistry and detail within every piece. Miniature Balance piqued my interest, making me want to know the inspiration, thought process, and technique behind the piece. I am wondering what questions or thoughts readers have when viewing Miniature Balance

With fall rapidly approaching Carole Feuerman’s swimmer’s become welcomed reminders of hot weather and summer fun. If you desire a few last remnants of summer, be sure to visit Carole’s show in the Hamptons at Nicole Ripka Gallery (760 Montauk Hwy Water Mill, New York 11976) through October 19th, 2015. 

Carole A. Feuerman 2015 Global Exhibitions

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Kendall Island  , 2014. Oil on Resin. 770 x 21 x 38 inches.

Kendall Island, 2014. Oil on Resin. 770 x 21 x 38 inches.

Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned, influential, and popular hyperrealist sculptors.  Her prolific career spans four decades in which she has pioneered new approaches to sculpture. 

In May, the Double Diver, Feuerman's monumental sculpture towering 36 feet in the air, was installed at NetApp’s headquarters and gifted to the city of Sunnyvale, California. 

Using the innovative technique of dripping molten bronze and utilizing the ability to make 4,800 pounds of bronze balance on six-inch bronze wrists, she pushed the boundaries of both art and physics; creating a sculpture that is truly the first of its kind. 


 

Feuerman is currently exhibiting in Personal Structures, Time Space Existence, Global Art Affairs Foundation, which is part of this year's 2015 Venice Biennale in Italy.

Her solo exhibition, Art in Harbour City, Hong Kong just closed and the sculptures are now going to be touring Asia. They will be shown next at the Daejeon Museum of Art in Daejeon, South Korea in a hyperrealism exhibition opening on Sept 4th. After that they will be exhibited at a museum in the capital city of Seoul.

 

Asia,   1999. Bronze. 83 x 31 x 15 inches.

Asia, 1999. Bronze. 83 x 31 x 15 inches.

Her work is currently on exhibit in a solo show at KM Fine Art in Chicago. 

On August 22nd she is having an outdoor sculpture show at Gerson Zevi Gallery in Water Mill, NY in the Hamptons featuring 13 outdoor bronzes. 

Christina  , 2014. Oil on Bronze. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

Christina, 2014. Oil on Bronze. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

October 9th is the opening of another solo show at Hubner & Hubner Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

Aria Gallery from Florence, will open their new space in London in mid October with a 2 person show featuring Feuerman.

In the spring of 2016 she will have a New York Solo show and a solo show at the in the DeLand Museum in Florida. 

 

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

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

She continues to focus on making figurative sculptures for public and private collections. Feuerman maintains two studios in NY and NJ. On an ongoing basis, Feuerman's work can be seen in selected galleries and museums worldwide.

 

Carole Feuerman's 2015 IS Day Open Studio Rocked & MANA Lobby Exhibition Happpening Now!

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.

 

Nude Coming Through the Wall,   1991. Oil on Resin. 58 x 15 x 5 inches.

Nude Coming Through the Wall, 1991. Oil on Resin. 58 x 15 x 5 inches.

Christina,   2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

Christina, 2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

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!

 

 

Mana Café   across from CF's studio.

Mana Café across from CF's studio.

 

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.”

 

City Slicker  , 2013. Painted Bronze. 63 x 35 x 28 inches.

City Slicker, 2013. Painted Bronze. 63 x 35 x 28 inches.

Butterfly  , 2008. Oil on Resin. 21 x 22.5 x 21 inches.

Butterfly, 2008. Oil on Resin. 21 x 22.5 x 21 inches.

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,  2015.

Mana, 2015.

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 Sculptures including:   Kendall Island  ,   Next Summer  ,   Diver  , and   Mona Lisa.

Carole’s Sculptures including: Kendall Island, Next Summer, Diver, and Mona Lisa.


Next Summer  , 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball  , 2013. Oil on Bronze. 42 x 60 x 45 inches.

Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball, 2013. Oil on Bronze. 42 x 60 x 45 inches.

Kendall Island  , 2014. Oil on Resin. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

Kendall Island, 2014. Oil on Resin. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

 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.

Diver  , 2011. Oil on Bronze. 77 x 25 x 11 inches.

Diver, 2011. Oil on Bronze. 77 x 25 x 11 inches.

Carole Feuerman in Italy: Aria Gallery Show and the 2015 Venice Biennale!

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.

Infinity    , 2013. Oil on Resin with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystals. 38 H x 37 W x 21 D inches.

Infinity, 2013. Oil on Resin with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystals. 38 H x 37 W x 21 D inches.

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!

 

Next Summer,     2012. Oil on Resin. 39 H x 54 W x 50 D inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 H x 54 W x 50 D inches.

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,   2014. Oil on Resin with 24k Gold Leaf and Swarovski Crystal. 42 H x 80 W x 90 D inches.

Leda and the Swan, 2014. Oil on Resin with 24k Gold Leaf and Swarovski Crystal. 42 H x 80 W x 90 D inches.

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,   2014. Painted Bronze. 101 H x 90 W x 91 D inches.

DurgaMa, 2014. Painted Bronze. 101 H x 90 W x 91 D inches.

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.

 

Matteo, 2008. 19 H x 20 W x 10 D

Matteo, 2008. 19 H x 20 W x 10 D

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. 

 

Survival of Serena, 2007. Oil on Bronze. 38 H x 84 W x 32 D.

Survival of Serena, 2007. Oil on Bronze. 38 H x 84 W x 32 D.

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.

 

 

 

PALAZZO MORA

 

   OPEN DAILY 10.00 - 18.00 HRS. CLOSED ON TUESDAY    Strada Nuova #3659 Venezia, Italy

 OPEN DAILY 10.00 - 18.00 HRS.
CLOSED ON TUESDAY

Strada Nuova #3659 Venezia, Italy

 

 

DURING THE VENICE ART BIENNALE 2015

PERSONAL STRUCTURES

Palazzo Bembo & Palazzo Mora

Venice, Italy

 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

 

Current exhibition:

TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE

14th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

7 June - 23 November 2015.