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Carol Prusa: Emergent Worlds

February 2 – May 11, 2013

Carol Prusa: Emergent Worlds


“As artists and scientists seek to explain our place, I join the most advanced daydreamers – those who imaginatively visualize a creative matrix and explore otherworldly possibilities – those who embrace indeterminacy and the fundamentally unstable boundaries between infinitesimal and immeasurable realms.”  Carol Prusa

Prusa’s (American, b. 1956) work consists of acrylic hemispherical domes that are articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite and punctuated by fiber optic lights.  Using mathematical models that physicists have developed to explain the universe, her geometries are expressed as beautifully intricate and interconnected, offering a spiritual force in the ordering of a real world sustained by its own logic.  The result is work that evokes ideas of origin, mysticism and sacredness.

Prusa has an extensive exhibition record that includes the American Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln (MA); Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville; Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baton Rouge; and most recently, the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan.

  • Funded in part by UW Art Museum Gala Funds, Wyoming Public Radio, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Prusa's work consists of acrylic hemispherical domes that are articulated with silverpoint drawing, washed with graphite and punctuated by fiber optic lights. Using mathematical models that physicists have developed to explain the universe, her geometries are expressed as beautifully intricate and interconnected, offering a spiritual force in the ordering of a real world sustained by its own logic. The result is work that evokes ideas of origin, mysticism, and sacredness.


Images: 

Left: Carol Prusa (American, b. 1956), Chaosmos, 2009, silverpoint, graphite, titanium white pigment with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere with fiber optics, 30 x 30 x 11 inches, courtesy of the artist

Right: Carol Prusa (American, b. 1956), Internal Architecture, 2009, silverpoint, graphite, titanium white pigment with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere with fiber optics, 22 x 22 x 11 inches, courtesy of the artist


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