Achieving Ultimate Balance

August 19th, 2013

MiniSerenaMini Serena with Swarovski Cap, Carole Feuerman, Photos: Alzaro Corzo

In the studio of Carole Feuerman there is the buzz of activity. A team of artists occupy the lofty space producing a plethora of works that line every corner. Coordinating the process of creation has her work extending well beyond the confines of its white walls.

One can see the mechanics of many moving parts at work visiting her Manhattan studio. Her sculptures, hyper-realistic pieces with precise detailing, take between six months to years to complete. Beginning with a live casting of her model, the subject’s form is then translated into a mold from which the work is cast. The process requires an acuteness for detail, refining by hand not only to enhance the pliability of the form but to give the final sculpture unique shape.

The work, a collection of swimmers and bathers in repose, shows the grace and beauty of the human form. Their serenity, close-eyed and, at times, balancing in positions with impossible ease, produce a sense of awe in achieving a state of balance and internal harmony that extends beyond the physical.

InfinityInfinity with Swarovski Cap

With many of female subjects, the collection prominently displays another aspect of the human form. Bathing cap-clad young women with delicate strands of hair peeking from beneath appear smiling inwardly. Yet, with their display they direct a look at the multifaceted nature of how they are perceived.

Her recent work has taken public, monumental scale. Using the technology of three-dimensional scanning she has created “The Golden Mean”, a series of three sixteen-foot bronzes. They represent again the recurring theme of balance, this time in grand proportions.

Peering Into Spaces In Between

July 30th, 2013

XXVIXXVI, Lauren Bentley

Her portraits combine aspects of art, fashion and design, showing fleeting moments devoid of time. Operating in a world of antique pleasures and ephemeral beauty Lauren Bartley’s photographs contrast, evade, and elude.

Capturing moments is not new for the Rochester-based photographer. Moving to New York to study film, she spent a decade working in media production. During this time, she first experimented with photography, taking a point-and-shoot camera out to discover what drew her attention.

Taking queues from film and post-production she has created Humans I and II, series distinguished by their mood and tone. In these portraits, many including the photographer herself, it is common to find antique lamps, typewriters and damask curtains in ambiguous settings. Vibrant in color and detailed interior designs offer a look into spaces which are just beyond the quotidian.

Pales WavesPale Waves

With a process taken from film and a keenness for dramatic lighting complementing her forms, the scenes combine moments extracted from the set with a medium that the snapshot of a longer narrative. The images create a storyboard tied together by setting, actor and its objects.

Perhaps the most striking is the representation of her subjects. As Ms. Bentley explained, they both show the strength and vulnerability of the female form. Dualities abound in her work, strong and soft, light and dark, but never does one receive primary focus. They coexist in order to refocus perspective on a side of sensuality typically ignored in everyday life.

Tapestry for the Twenty-First Century

June 14th, 2013

Erin Riley, Webcam 3Webcam 3, 2012, hand-woven wool tapestry, Erin M. Riley

Through the art of weaving, her hand-woven tapestry combines the past and present. Philadelphia-based artist Erin M. Riley has taken and translated wall hangings for a new generation. Portraits of young girls from today’s highly-connected technological world are rendered through one of the oldest visual mediums.

The pieces are woven on a wooden horizontal loom. The process involves scaling the image and drawing it to the dimension of choice. This becomes the template for the tapestry made from lanolin wool, a material that felts, becoming one continuous piece.

With images chosen from various sources, the artist whose studies focused on the discipline of weaving has captured modern tropes in wool- found objects, highways, and internet girls. Her most recent series, internet girls, come from across the web where she has collected women’s self-portraits. Begun in 2009 with the exhibition “Daddy Issues” at Artspace Gallery, they are accentuated by the images found on blogs and user-submitted websites.

ErinRileySecrets, 2013

The series represents an inversion of the very mechanics in which the images were produced. In contrast to the seemingly spontaneously webcam or cell phone shot, the hand-made quality of the work effectually slows down the photographic process. Its source may take seconds. The time involved in weaving allows one to inspect the image more closely.

That image, easy to take and share, shows the dynamics of online interaction. Through a complex set of visual queues, the act of courting can be seen through the sending and receiving of images. It shows the casual nature of sharing the body, a conversation through images instead of words.

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