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John Carson

Le Sabre

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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John Carson, a multi-media artist, came to Pittsburgh in 2006 to become the Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. While this exhibition represents Carson’s Pittsburgh museum debut, his impromptu performances and sound pieces have been experienced and immensely enjoyed throughout the community at local gatherings throughout the city. Here Carson has installed a series of photographs based on close-ups of scrapes, scratches, and dents on cars. The viewer, however, might be caught unawares by the element of illusion: aside from the clues given by the works’ titles (the names of brands of cars), the images could easily be mistaken for abstractions or satellite images of earth. Meditations on life and death, as well as clever interpretations on the notion of landscape, Carson’s photographs depict partially abstracted vehicular terrains where the line between comfort and catastrophe is just around the corner.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

When

2008

About The Artist

John Carson received his BFA and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Ulster Polytechnic in Ireland and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. His artwork includes live performances, installation, and broadcast work on radio and television. He served as the Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University from 2006 to 2016. He joined Carnegie Mellon from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he was a Principal Lecturer in Fine Arts and Course Director for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. He directed all stages of full-time and part-time curriculum development, organized the guest lecture program and a professional practice course component, and coordinated placements, external projects, and international exchange.

John Carson, a multi-media artist, came to Pittsburgh in 2006 to become the Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. While this exhibition represents Carson’s Pittsburgh museum debut, his impromptu performances and sound pieces have been experienced and immensely enjoyed throughout the community at local gatherings throughout the city. Here Carson has installed a series of photographs based on close-ups of scrapes, scratches, and dents on cars. The viewer, however, might be caught unawares by the element of illusion: aside from the clues given by the works’ titles (the names of brands of cars), the images could easily be mistaken for abstractions or satellite images of earth. Meditations on life and death, as well as clever interpretations on the notion of landscape, Carson’s photographs depict partially abstracted vehicular terrains where the line between comfort and catastrophe is just around the corner.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

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