August 4, 2016 - Lisa Derrick - Huffington Post
Carole Feuerman sculpts triumphant hyper-realist figures of women celebrating their physicality as they move through space, timeless and iconic. Her newest works, as well as her classic pieces, in a show entitled “Perceptions,” are on exhibition at KM Fine Arts through September 10th.
Surprisingly for an artist with a high public art profile—her exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, the State Hermitage, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the Kunstmuseum Ahlen, the Archeological Museum di Fiesole, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes; and of her 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—this is the Feuerman’s first Los Angeles solo show. Her work is perfect for a city where we live by hi-def; and while many selfie-fiends resort to Photoshop and phone apps to remove their perceived “imperfections,” Feuerman celebrates the humanity of figures while elevating them (and by extension, us) through substance and size to gods, showing every detail in hyper-reality.
While Feuerman is best known for her swimmers—including Survival of Serena which debuted at the Venice Biennial in 2007—this show marked the appearance of her dancers, strong sinuous sylphs, reminiscent of Degas but in more modern attire. Also present, DurgaMa in bronze, seated in lotus, representing birth and rebirth, and survival of the spirit through adversity.
Casting from life then painting the sculptures, Feuerman captures the pores and lines, veins and musculature. Even on her tabletop series, the wrinkled feet of her swimmers give testament to the subjects’ efforts and the artist’s skill; her work captures her subjects the mid-breath in the (after) glow of expended energy. She is the only figurative artist to hyper-realistically paint bronze for outdoor public art, painting bronze to look like flesh, and the only sculptor to install these painted bronze sculptures in water.
There is more than wow-factor and “How does she do this?” in Feuerman’s work, which features vintage bathing caps atop her subjects heads, while mink eyelashes cast subtle shadows. Her sculptures’ hyper-reality allow for investigation into the concepts of struggle, strength, and self-awareness, and reflect both artist’s experiences and universal concepts.
Along with exhibiting Feuerman’s swimmer and dancer series, “Perceptions” gives the opportunity to view a miniature of Feuerman’s Double Diver, the monumental version of which was recently acquired by the city of Sunnyvale, CA., another significant career milestone for this artist whose first show was bought out completely by Malcolm Forbes and whose work is in the collection of the Emperor of Japan and President William and Hillary Clinton.