Saturday, April 28, 2007

Action Pegasi Are Go!

Karen Carson's new body of work conflates such disparate visual domains as fantasy art, Abstract Expression, Western art, and the history of her own work and that of late 20th century painting into a utterly contemporary Pop-Apocalyptic landscape. "As close as fine art can get to van art without blowing the whole deal for everybody."

Ride the Wind
Artist’s reception on Sat. April 28, 2007 from 5-7pm.

Rosamund Felsen Gallery
Bergamot Station B4
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica

April 28 — May 26
Gallery hours are 10-5:30, Tuesday-Saturday.

For her upcoming show, Karen Carson presents new paintings in acrylic on wood-framed tycore panels, accompanied by a selection of framed large-scale studies in acrylic on paper. Spending half the year on a ranch in Montana, where almost every painting is a wild-west cliché, Carson swore that she would never paint horses. Perhaps it was just a matter of time. Now, with all of the dripping sensuality of gestural abstraction, winged horses descend like a firestorm on wooded, rural landscapes, populated by the hauntingly blasé black silhouettes of oblivious urbanites. As much a biting commentary on the myopia of urban cosmopolitanism as a battle of painterly clichés, it is a testament to the depth and intensity of her commitment to painting that Carson can rend the torrential complexities of the world as deftly from the fury of expressionism as from the blankness of silhouette.

In the third gallery will be works from her previous series of landscapes inspired by the wind, including a large scale, two-panel painting in silk dye and acrylic on silk, titled Currents, as well as several studies in watercolor on paper.

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