Cradle Oak Visiting Artist
Heuser Art Center Gallery November 4-29, 2008
Using a variety of printmaking processes including intaglio, lithography, collagraph, monotype, silkscreen, and digital printing, Carmon Colangelo’s works on paper contain layered imagery which echoes the chaos of modern life. His images and materials are dissected, re-arranged, and put back together alluding to the new hybrids, some biological, some technological, some spatial, and some social, which are springing up all around us. Elements of the human form appear repeatedly in these prints, and in every instance these fragments, though familiar to us all, feel alien due to their dislocation and unusual juxtapositions. In a similar way to how the Cubists used Cezanne’s passage technique to understand physical space in new ways, Colangelo’s work is made up of transitions between materials and images that reformulate the spatial experience, the natural world, and the human body.
Carmon Colangelo is the Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and holds the E. Desmond Lee Professorship for Community Collaboration in the Arts. With 15 solo shows in the past 10 years and another 100 group exhibitions in the past two decades. Mr. Colangelo has 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.