Bruno David is pleased to present "Infinite Abstraction," Carmon Colangelo’s eleventh solo exhibition with the gallery.
Colangelo’s series of new printed paintings are composed of ink on canvas that are generated from hand drawings and digital media exploring the infinite possibilities of abstraction. Inspired by geometric and biomorphic abstraction, the work experiments with the endless and unique combinations that result from a personal reflexive process and computational system. Remixing, sampling and riffing off of iconic modern and contemporary paintings, the fusion of images is manipulated to create a fantastical illusionistic space by morphing, stretching and distorting geometric planes, colors and shapes. Expanding on Colangelo’s daily practice, the result is a generative series of colorful works where meaning is adaptable to shifting cultural and social conditions, in an age of networks and algorithms where everything is fluid. Colangelo feels the issues in painting have become somewhat similar to printmaking; defending its’ relevancy and agency as well as arguing for its historical past. Decidedly, each work is a one-of -a-kind impression that is physically made in the studio without regard to reproducibility. Viewed as a whole the paintings create an environment full of energy and optimism, where the importance of intuitive artistic play in the creative process is untethered to generate a vast idiosyncratic world and a joyful experience without a beginning, middle and end. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish an exhibition catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.
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.
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 College of Art, College of Architecture— as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Colangelo’s work has been featured in 40 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. 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, New York, the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Colangelo’s works are currently on view in “Printing Abstraction”, a group exhibition curated by Gretchen L. Wagner at the Saint Louis Art Museum, through March 30, 2019.