Here be Dragons: Below the Fold (Gallery 2)

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Bruno David is please to present Here be Dragons: Below the Fold, Carmon Colangelo's ninth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Here be Dragons: Below the Fold is an exhibition of monotype relief prints by Carmon Colangelo responding our current political environment and the precariousness of our contemporary condition in the age of social media. This series of work expands on Colangelos personal taxonomy of images and ongoing daily practice of mapping and recording ephemeral information to respond visually and physically to the notion of global connectivity and our networked communities. Derived from hand drawings and digital processes combined with chance operations, found materials and printing from discarded laser cut plates from architectural models, the result is a generative series of colorful, haptic and playful works intended to express ideas about the anxieties, fears, and instability experienced around the world. The phrase "Here be Dragons", first appeared on the Lenox globe in 1510 as a marker for dangerous and uncharted waters ahead. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artists work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science, and technology. His imagery presents a playful odyssey that references the meta-narratives of art history and is contingent on the juxtaposition of utopian ideals of modernism with the aesthetics of surrealism and conceptual art. An enduring feature of Colangelo's work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts in an aggressive exploitation of various print media. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics. His images may swing from the obsessively personal to the openly topical, allowing disparate formal structures and semiotics to inspire the production of remarkable forms that are somehow freed from the preceding visual context and grammar.

Carmon Colangelo (b. Toronto, Canada) lives and works in St. Louis, MO. He is the Ralph J. Nagel dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, he oversees the Schools four academic units  the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design  as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Colangelo's work has been featured in 30 solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has been collected by many of the nations leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He earned a B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario (1981) and a M.F.A. in printmaking from Louisiana State University (1983).

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