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Carol Prusa
updated: 02/20/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Cacophony
Chaosmos
Entanglement
Entanglement (close up)
Entanglement (installed)
Grey Matter
Internal Architecture
Latona
Latona (close up)
Optic Nerve
Threshold
Chorus
Oracle
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, anatomy, geometric, illustration, obsessive, futuristic, spiritual, science, technology
 
 
Cacophony by Carol Prusa
Cacophony
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
18" x  18"  x 9" 
Chaosmos by Carol Prusa
Chaosmos
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
18" x  18"  x 9" 
Entanglement by Carol Prusa
Entanglement
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf, Fiber Optics and Video
2009
60" x  60"  x 30" 
Entanglement (close up) by Carol Prusa
Entanglement (close up)
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf, Fiber Optics with video
2009
60" x  60"  x 30" 
Entanglement (installed) by Carol Prusa
Entanglement (installed)
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
60" x  60"  x 30" 
Grey Matter by Carol Prusa
Grey Matter
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
18" x  18"  x 9" 
Internal Architecture by Carol Prusa
Internal Architecture
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics and Video
2009
22" x  22"  x 10" 
Latona by Carol Prusa
Latona
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
30" x  30"  x 15" 
Latona (close up) by Carol Prusa
Latona (close up)
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
30" x  30"  x 15" 
Optic Nerve by Carol Prusa
Optic Nerve
silverpoint, graphite, titanium white with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere and fiber optics
2009
36" x  36"  x 18" 
Threshold by Carol Prusa
Threshold
Silverpoint, Graphite, Titanium White with Acrylic Binder on Acrylic Hemisphere with Metal Leaf and Fiber Optics
2009
36" x  36"  x 18" 
Chorus by Carol Prusa
Chorus
silverpoint, graphite, titanium white with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere with metal leaf and fiber optics
2009
18" x  18"  x 9" 
Oracle by Carol Prusa
Oracle
silverpoint, graphite, titanium white with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere with metal leaf and fiber optics with video
2010
18" x  18"  x 9" 

Artist Statement

Connection is fleeting. A pregnant belly distends towards a potential big bang. Macro and micro scales collide in intimate exchanges. The chaotic abyss rebounds. There are no answers but you feel infinitely generous. (all states are becoming and disintegrating)

Building on the metaphor of the “dome of heaven” as a visual container for what we know, this body of work consists of painted three-dimensional acrylic hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to five feet in diameter. The dome paintings are a visual embodiment – a download of sorts – of what it feels like to be alive while in conversation with contested cosmologies. Using fabricated acrylic hemispheres that I sandblast and gesso to prepare a curved, geometric ground, silverpoint (a thin silver wire) is used to deposit silver in hatching marks on the gesso layer to create the under-drawing. The underlying forms are heightened with titanium white pigment bound in acrylic polymer to create forms that visually coalesce and simultaneously dissolve in a washed matrix of ground graphite. Fiber optics are added to create a pattern of as many as seven hundred lights programmed to flicker on the surface.

The global culture of science in the twentieth century has led me to respond to “advances” that describe our world and our place in it. Like scientists, I am interested in envisioning the governing theories of our universe although I skeptically critique claims of complete knowledge (truth) and embrace relativity and mystery. As astronomers make educated guesses about a “dark” energy, I too contemplate the fate of the universe and my own uncertainty and discontinuity. Contemplating the limitless magnitude of the universe through the lawlessness of the imagination fills my mind with, as Edmund Burke said thoughts of infinity did his, “a sort of delightful horror.”

Artist Bio / CV

Group Exhibitions:

2009 Painters not Painting, Rutgers Art Gallery, Philadelphia

2008 Grey, Miller-Block Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

2008 Drawn to Detail, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts

2008 Shades of Grey, Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, Tennessee (five-person)

2008 Consortium Fellowship exhibition – Ft. Lauderdale Art Museum, Florida

2007 Homegrown Southeast 2007, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

2006 The Luster of Silver: Contemporary Metalpoint, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

2006 Think Warm: Miami Draws for You, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan