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Marking the artist's tenth solo exhibition with the gallery, one of the most important printmaker in the US and Canada, Carmon Colangelo presents a series of new monotype prints exhibition titled Happy Planet.
Happy Planet is composed of two new series of prints, Colorful World and Happy Plans combining watercolor monotype and woodcut relief processes printed at the Flying Horse Editions in Orlando, Florida. These recent prints are a playful and somewhat saccharin response to the current state of political affairs; a form of escapism from the sadness of the everyday news cycle. The prints are unique synthesis of ideas generated from contemporary discourses and precedents in modern art and architecture from Alexander Calders Circus to Cedric Prices Fun Palace. The Happy Plan series is composed of laser cut wood plates that operate like architectural sections while the Colorful World prints are multilayered with deep embossments having a marshmallow like effect. Expanding on Colangelo's daily practice of drawing, the works are derived from chance operations, maps, found materials and printing from discarded laser cut wood plates from architectural models; the result is a generative series of colorful and works where meaning is adaptable to shifting cultural and social conditions.
Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science, and technology. An enduring feature of Colangelo's work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts in an aggressive exploitation of various print media. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics.
Carmon Colangelo (b. Toronto, Canada) lives and works in St. Louis, MO. He is the Ralph J. Nagel dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, he oversees the Schools four academic units the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Colangelos work has been featured in 30 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has been collected by many of the nations leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He earned a B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario (1981) and a M.F.A. in printmaking from Louisiana State University (1983).
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