CARMON COLANGELO

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"The techniques Colangelo actually employed require the skills of a master printer. They combine relief, intaglio, digital prints and hand coloring, resulting in layers of imagery that invite deep scrutiny, yet are infused with a sense of levity. Forms bounce playfully back and forth between sides of the diptych, or among other works in the series. They appear and reappear in inverted, negative, or transparent forms. The polygon chains evoke origami constructions, or the folded paper fortune tellers that fit over the fingers and calculate one’s fate based on key numbers and letters. Colangelo’s prints operate in a similar way, with playful recombinations of lines, shapes and ideas folding back upon themselves, masquerading as opposites,revealing selected truths."

– Ivy Cooper, Arts Writer and Professor of Art History, SIUE

 

Carmon Colangelo is a widely exhibited artist known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes. Colangelo's work has been featured in 30 solo shows and over 100 group exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and across the United States. His work has been collected by many of the nation's leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Born in Toronto, Carmon earned a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario and an MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University. He is represented by Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis where he exhibits regularly. His most recent exhibitions―Eyedeas (2010-11) and OLandO (2012)―explore notions of our existence as it is mapped by images, social experiences, and ephemeral media. Colangelo's work muses about cultural narratives, urban life, human ecologies, globalism, social networking, transcendence, and recording everyday ideas. In 2006, Colangelo was named the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts and the inaugural dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.