Nathan Carter, ‘This city is called Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky located on the Bering Sea at the base of Avachinsky Volcano. The port is a lively and mysterious place closely guarded by the salmon eating wild bears who live in derelict shipping containers on the docks.’, 2013, TWO x TWO

In his title for this mixed-media work on paper, Carter gives the viewer quite a bit of information about the cityscape he depicts. And yet, as the eye scans Carter’s work, none of this information is overtly present, except for the water at the bottom and the small brown shapes that might represent the bears.

In his title for this mixed media work on paper, Nathan Carter gives the viewer quite a bit of information about the cityscape he depicts:

THIS IS CITY IS CALLED PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY LOCATED ON THE BERING SEA AT THE BASE OF AVACHINSKY VOLCANO. THE PORT IS AN LIVELY AND MYSTERIOUS PLACE CLOSELY GUARDED BY THE SALMON EATING WILD BEARS WHO LIVE IN DERELICT SHIPPING CONTAINERS ON THE DOCKS.

And yet, as the eye scans Carter’s work, none of this information is overtly present, except for the water at the bottom and the small brown shapes that might represent the bears. Typical of Carter’s work, the image here contains a playful, yet rigorous, system of shapes, lines, and colors possessing a childlike, chaotic quality that ultimately form a tightly-composed work. These elements offer us a lively impression, or even a memory, of the town, rather than a representation, especially when considered against Carter’s descriptive title. Nathan Carter recently participated in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition The Map as Art, and other museum exhibitions include THE FLYING BRIXTON BANGARANG AND RADIO VIBRATION VEX-VENTURE, MURA at Museo de Arte Raul Anguiano, Guadalajara; THE COVERT CAVIAR FREQUENCY DISRUPTOR at ArtPace, San Antonio; and YO PIERRE at Domus Artium, Salamanca. Carter has also participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy originating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Sculpture as Time: Major Works, New Acquistions, Art Gallery of Ontario; and Drawing in Progress, Middlebrough Institute of Modern Art.

About Nathan Carter

Best known for his brightly-colored, playful sculptures with idiosyncratic titles, Nathan Carter creates two- and three-dimensional works made from conventional materials such as Plexiglas, wire, and wood as well as small “street treasures” the artist finds on walks through his Brooklyn neighborhood. Like his drawings and collages on paper, Carter’s playful, delicate mobiles and standing sculptures possess a precarious sense of balance. The collection entitled “Radio Transmission Contraptions” (2008) demonstrates Carter’s ongoing interest in technologically moribund forms of communication.

American, b. 1970, Dallas, Texas, based in Brooklyn, New York

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