Corrine Colarusso, Batman Flower with Fog, 201, acrylic on canvas, 44" x 36"
Corrine Colarusso: Light & Weather
January 13 to February 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13 at 6pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 3, 2017 at 2pm
In her first exhibition at Poem 88, Corrine Colarusso celebrates the effervescent energy of the natural world through acrylic paintings on canvas and multimedia drawings. Her luscious color sensibility and uncanny ability to capture light and atmosphere reminds us of so many great painters of the American landscape. Wetlands, verdant fields, and mountains are all fodder for her depictions of the every-changing, scintillating light.
Light and Weather describes the forces that shape the world we see and the world we feel. Underlining our human desire to connect with the natural world and nature’s spectacular windfalls of beauty, Colarusso’s work suggests that realism is more of a translation of sensation rather than an exacting description. Her paintings depict an intimate narrative; a moving world, as light fades or as weather systems move in and take over, part of what she calls “the daily spectacular." Hence, her landscapes appear as if they were arenas or stage sets where our experience unfolds.
In my work, nature, landscape, the bright symbolic sunrise, the gloaming, weather conditions, paint and color, become a stirred fiction. Less about verisimilitude, yet true to the experience of looking, I make images that merge the materiality of paint with illusion and abstraction. There is a fugitive quality to my work that depicts not a comfortable nature, but a shifting one that acknowledges we live in a time when technology seems increasingly natural to us and nature itself less so. My paintings depict this duality that courses through even the most benign landscapes, as speculations on what is observed.
Colarusso has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Grant, A Fulbright-Hayes research and travel grant to India and Nepal. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Cortona Program of the University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy, the Ossabaw Island Project, Ossabaw Island, Georgia. She organized and curated Painters’ Reel, Contemporary Painting in Georgia, an exhibition which traveled to the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, The Jepson Center for Contemporary Art in Savannah, and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, during 2009 and 2010. She taught at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) from 1975-1996.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is included in many Museum, private and corporate collections such as the High Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Atlanta, Gas Light, Roberto Goizueta School of Business Library, Emory University, Coca Cola Inc., Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman, & Ashmore, Equifax Corporation, and King and Spalding, Inc.