Ever Gold Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by New York based artist Carolyn Salas. Salas’s recent work utilizes materials and finishes in visually deceptive ways; snaking tubes with the look of solid lead are actually a lightweight casting material, and large apparently Styrofoam forms are heavy, resin casts of the referent material. The emulation of materials suggests fragility, yet never truly deceives as trompe-l’œil. Instead, she invites the viewer to understand failure alongside her—to observe the flaws in creating a false veneer.
Each composition continues to communicate a labored struggle; line drawings transcend into tangles of three-dimensional confusion, installations and wall reliefs crumble before our eyes despite the durability of the materials they are cast with. There is a complexity of fragmented, despondent, and devastated individual struggles in the work, simplified through the achromatic palette.
For the exhibition at Ever Gold, Salas will present a series of wall-reliefs from the artist’s ongoing series The Breakups, playing with weight and the appearance of airiness and disposability. Salas will also present a site-specific installation, disrupting the viewer’s movement through the space, creating vantage points from which the sculptures are viewed, and adding another dimension to the instability of likeness and perspective Salas represents. By manipulating a range of media she captures control of the gallery, engaging human scale through these distorted materials. Yet, rather than overwhelm and dominate, she gives us clues to exactly how difficult it is to embody individual realities—pushing and pulling the materials to rest, balancing on the edge of collapse.
Carolyn Salas (b., Hollywood, CA) earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from the College of Santa Fe, NM and an M.F.A. from Hunter College, NY. Her work has been shown widely in the U.S. as well as internationally, including exhibitions at Koenig and Clinton, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The Berkshire Museum, MA; The Torrance Art Museum, CA; Urbis, Manchester, England; The Hudson Valley for Contemporary Art, NY; Art Space, CT; Gallery Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg; Casey Kaplan, NY; Silly Thing Gallery, Hong Kong; and Parisian Laundry, Montreal; Kate Werble, NY among others. The artist has attended a variety of residency programs including: the Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM; Blue Mountain Center, NY; Djerassi Art Residency, CA; A.I.R. Space Program, NY; and The NARS Foundation, NY.