On view at Jim Kempner Fine Art
May 16 through June 29th
501 West 23rd Street at 10th Ave
World-renowned for her hyper-realistic sculptures of swimmers and bathers, Carole A. Feuerman’s exhibition features a new collection of work, most notably life-size and monumental bronze figures. The Golden Mean, the centerpiece of this solo exhibition, is a towering 16-foot male diver moments before doing a back dive. It is an icon for achieving the impossible, for the struggle of survival and strength, and the resilience of the human spirit. This piece is a testament to Feuerman’s ambitious vision by successfully engineering a two-ton sculpture to stand upside down on 6-inch wrists. The “golden mean” refers to the ancient mathematical equation epitomizing balance and proportion. The concept of striving for both achievements while maintaining balance in structure and in life is a common thread throughout Feuerman’s work. The Golden Mean, on display in Jim Kempner Fine Art’s sculpture garden, exemplifies the important, close relationship between balance, proportion and mathematics.
Feuerman uses the image of a circle and a sphere to further depict her desire for balance and harmony. In her monumental painted bronze work, Quan, a larger-than-life female figure rests peacefully atop an impressive stainless steel ball, while remaining perfectly symmetrical and in balance. The title of this work is derived from the Chinese name for the ‘goddess of compassion’. In Buddhist imagery, the goddess is depicted looking or glancing down, symbolizing her watching over the world.
In Feuerman’s sculpture, the figure’s poise and stance on top of the sphere (a metaphor for the world) quintessentially exudes steadiness and stability. The sphere is polished to a beautiful mirror finish, allowing viewers to reflect and connect to the work on a personal level as they are visibly incorporated into the work.
Infinity with Swarovski Cap continues Feuerman’s theme of balance and proportions by suspending from the ceiling, seemingly weightless, in a stainless steel ring. In a ring, we see the circular pattern of life. It is faithful to continue around and around like the daily repetition of our lives. A ring is a symbol of power and wealth, as well as, a symbol of wholeness and peace. Infinity with Swarovski Cap embodies these symbols, as well as, presents an element of tranquility and grace through the subject’s closed gaze (as evident in many of Feuerman’s figures).