Friday Lecture Series: Carmon Colangelo, Feb. 27

| February 24, 2015
Friday Lecture Series: Carmon Colangelo

A pioneering printmaker, Colangelo’s work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology.

The next guest in the Department of Art, Design and Art History‘s Friday Lecture Series is Carmon Colangelo, who will speak in Sverdrup 123 at noon on Friday, Feb. 27.

Colangelo is one of the preeminent artists of his generation. A pioneering printmaker, Colangelo’s work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology. His work also explores ideas about the creation of the universe and man-made changes in the environment ranging from the Big Bang to the Big Melt.

This paradoxical relationship expands on his investigation of the biological aspects of evolution and takes a closer look at the physical environment. His imagery presents a playful odyssey that references the meta-narratives of art history and natural history by juxtaposing utopian ideals of modernism with the contingent aesthetics of surrealism and conceptual art.

His taxonomy ranges from primitive organisms to bears and rhinoceros to other more bizarre and ambiguous creatures. The animals function in or independently from architectonic forms and urban landscapes, producing a vivid, chimerical vision Colangelo’s works push the physical and haptic qualities of the print, using new methods and transformative materials such as wax and iridescent inks.

An enduring feature of Colangelo’s work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts through an aggressive exploitation of wet and dry media. His prints and paintings are marked by neo-primitives forms, which are then tempered by soothing veils of light. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics. His images may swing from the obsessively personal to the openly topical, allowing disparate formal structures and semiotics to inspire the production of remarkable forms that are somehow freed from the preceding visual context and grammar.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Colangelo received his MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is one of the foremost print-drawing figures in America and the world. His work has been exhibited widely, from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to Argentina, Canada, England, Puerto Rico, and Korea. His works are in collections at the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. He is the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where he holds the E. Desmond Lee Professorship for Collaboration in the Arts.

View Colangelo’s portfolio here.

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