Carol Caputo’s solo exhibition, LandEscapes opens November 1st, and will be running through December 31 at the Atrium shops of the former Citigroup Center. The exhibition, presented in partnership with Midtown Arts Common and Boston Properties, will feature Caputo’s newest body of abstract landscape paintings.
November 1st to December 31st, 2010
At The Atrium Shops of the Former Citigroup Center
Carol Caputo’s solo exhibition, LandEscapes opens November 1st, and will be running through December 31 at the Atrium shops of the former Citigroup Center. The exhibition, presented in partnership with Midtown Arts Common and Boston Properties, will feature Caputo’s newest body of abstract landscape paintings. The artist takes you on a imaginary journey to unknown places with digital photography and street drawings that celebrate the rough urban environment with nature as it’s respective anchor. Caputo’s careful layering gives her work a visual rhythm that is both quiet and enteric. An urban Romantic who embodies visual form and ideology in the manner a poet would language.
Born and bred in New York City, Caputo relies on her urban surroundings to provide her with the energy and visual stimulation that inspires her work. She studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Students League, and the Silvermine, in Connecticut. Caputo’s extensive career in advertising and design is filled with award-winning creative projects. Her ads, illustrations and designs have appeared in magazines and theater productions, on posters and on TV, both national and international. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Directors Club, AIGA, the Society of Illustrators, Lever House, as well as in numerous galleries.
LandEscapes contstructs a intricate tale of two worlds; one imagined, one real, which utilizes multiple art historical references from the modern— the Futurists and the Constructivists, Kandinsky and Miro—to the contemporary—Julie Mehretu and Christian Schüle. Through abstracted urban imagery, her kinetic mark making reveals not just her observations on the social, but a literal unraveling of her own interior spaces. With New York’s metropolitan architecture and intense energy as her source, she superimpose structural line and shape together with ambiguous organic digital form–Revealing these lyrical undiscovered landscapes make up of bits and pieces of structures, skies, and land—converge into surreal and poetic visions of fluid space. This unique experience is, as the artist states a “confluence of fantasy and design which takes you on a journey to unknown places- a visual vacation without the map”.
A self-titled “visual scavenger,” she makes drawings, tracings, and rubbings in her sketchbook, relying on them later as points of departure in creating her unique images. While critics have labeled her an “urban artist,” she has pushed the boundaries of street art, pop, and graffiti, through her ability to attain a more refined and sophisticated sense of abstraction, rhythm, and complexity. Generating novel and compelling imagery, she electronically alters her realistic impressions–working them into new shapes and form that take on a whole new meaning. Carol focus on the city’s detritus, is a curious mix of adoration and recrimination. But as you look at her work you can see the detail and care she take that express a great affection she has for her subject. LandEscape is a space that celebrates folly, with nature as its respected anchor.
Ultimately, she enables the vivacity of the original moment of observation to be elegantly translated into the finished product, and communicated to the viewer, a fact that engenders a hopeful outlook on how society and nature could complement, rather than destroy, each other, and inspires an optimistic outlook for a better future. It is this optimism that pervades these stirring pictures, and that will stir your heart in viewing them.
For more information please go to www.carolcaputo.com