New York, NY (May 6, 2016) – C24 Gallery is pleased to announce Hero and Leander, a solo exhibition featuring a new body of work by C24 Gallery artist and hyperrealist, Carole Feuerman. The exhibition will be on view May 6, 2016 through June 25, 2016 with a Private Press Preview on Friday, May 6th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Hero and Leander is a Greek mythological story of Hero (a priestess of Aphrodite) who lived in a tower off a waterway and Leander (a young man from the opposite side of the strait). Leander fell in love with Hero and would swim every night across the waterway to be with her. Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to guide his way. These trysts lasted through one warm summer. On a stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea while the breezes blew out Hero's light. Leander lost his way and was drowned. When Hero saw his dead body, she threw herself over the edge of the tower to be with him in death.
Two new monumental bronze sculptures, Monumental Dancer and Beyond the Golden Mean will debut in this exhibition representing the story of Hero and Leander. Appearing amongst these two significant figures will be a thirty-foot interactive video by Michelangelo Bastiani.
The Preview will feature a series of performances including dance and music pieces performed by the original models of Feuerman’s sculptures. Amanda Treiber, model for Monumental Dancer, will perform choreography that tells the story of dance. A special duet by Mariusz Kujawski and Emma Fitzsimmons, with original music by Joey Pettit will also be performed. Special guest Richie Nuzz, Pop and R&B singer and the subject of Beyond the Golden Mean, will perform a jazz piece.
Leda and the Swan will be one of the highlights in this exhibition having just returned from the 2015 Venice Biennale. Outfitted in a 1920’s bathing suit, the resin sculpture depicts a reinterpretation of the classic Greek tale of Leda. According to the myth, Zeus seduces Leda while disguised as a swan, and Leda bears Helen of Troy from this encounter. In Feuerman’s own words, the sculpture “embraces the eroticism associated with much of Greek mythology, while telling the story of deceit and treachery.” Leda is an important figure as a wife and mother.
Another feature in this exhibition is DurgaMa, inspired by the Hindu goddess Durga. The bronze figure sits in complete tranquility on a sacred lotus flower. She is the symbol of birth, rebirth and survival, which is a common theme present in much of Feuerman’s work. The lotus flower can live for over a thousand years and along with Durga’s universal powers, she can withstand all that the world throws her way.
Feuerman's works explore classicism while presenting common themes that occur in our every day lives. Some of these powerful stories are experiences the artist has encountered in her own life, and she feels compelled to tell them as we all struggle to overcome similar personal obstacles. Evoking inward emotions, Feuerman invites the spectator to identify with the narrative before them. Swimming and water have fascinated the artist all of her life as she has always been captivated how delicate water droplets form patterns over her skin after a swim.
Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of super-realism’ by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman’s prolific career over four decades has solidified her place in the rhetoric of art history. She has been the subject of six museum retrospectives to date. Her works continue to be exhibited worldwide. In Italy, she has exhibited in four of the Venice Biennales, the Piazza della Repubblica, and the Teatro Romano e Museum Civico in Fiesole. In Asia, she has exhibited in Harbour City; Hong Kong, The National Museum of China, Shanghai, and the Daejeon Museum and Suwon Museums in Korea. Numerous public sculptures have appeared in outdoor venues, including Petrosino Square in New York City and the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of Feuerman’s most recognizable pieces, “The Golden Mean,” can be seen in Riverfront Green Park overlooking the Hudson River and is owned by the City of Peekskill, NY. Her “Monumental Double Diver” is owned by the City of Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California. In 2011, she founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation in order to generate excitement, interest and passion for the arts and to inspire and award deserving artists with education grants. Her selected private collectors include the Emperor of Japan, President William & Hillary Clinton, Norman Brahman, the Caldic Collection, Mark Parker, Andrey Molchanov, Unlu Menkul Degerler, Ariella Wertheimer, Robert Hurst, and Malcolm Forbes.
C24 Gallery, established in New York in 2011, is committed to showing ground-breaking contemporary art. The gallery provides a platform for early to midcareer artists who have achieved critical acclaim in diverse locales. C24 Gallery represents artists working in all formats and media and remains dedicated to a geographically diverse program. That program has included the first solo exhibitions in New York of artists such as Skylar Fein, Robert Montgomery, İrfan Önürmen, Katja Loher, Regina Scully and Ali Kazma, and thematic group shows organized by prominent curators such as Clarissa Dalrymple, Dan Cameron, Amy Smith-Stewart and Peter Frank. C24 Gallery was listed in Modern Painters’ "500 Best Galleries Worldwide" and "100 Best Fall Shows" and its exhibitions have been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, NY Arts and The Village Voice. In late 2015 C24 Gallery moved to a capacious two-story ground floor gallery space in a stunning new residential condominium building on West 24th Street, just west of its original location and perfectly positioned to capitalize on the energy at the heart of the Chelsea gallery district. The new gallery boasts 4,500 square feet on two floors. The lower floor features an atrium rising twenty feet and adorned with a skylight.