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James Carl: oof

  • On View
    July 28, 2018 — January 5, 2020
  • Location

    East Gallery

1.All images in this series: Installation view of James Carl's "oof," photos: Ken Ek

Canadian artist James Carl makes his first major US debut with his exhibition: James Carl: oof, on view in GFS’s East Gallery through January 5, 2020.

James Carl: oof features a monumentally scaled wall relief constructed from corrugated cardboard. It uses the iconic cast-pulp commercial egg carton as a formal starting point and explodes that structure across the full length of the East Gallery’s 80’ long accordion-shaped wall. Carl’s geometric version of the egg carton is computer-cut, hand-assembled, and installed by the dozens on the vast wall. Carl observes that the work’s visual “noise” will contrast with its acoustic flattening on the space.

As with much of Carl’s work, oof makes use of common materials and cultural reference points in the generation of a visually charged experience. The title of the work alludes simultaneously to the visual punch of the piece and to the French word, oeuf, meaning ‘egg’. “Relief sculpture is explicit in its reliance on architecture to give it a place in the world. It struggles with three dimensionality and autonomy, using spatial illusion, pattern, and implied movement as means to exceed its architectural confines,” says Carl.

James Carl: oof
"James Carl: oof" was a companion to "James Carl: woof", two concurrent exhibitions which opened in 2018 at GFS. "James Carl: oof" remains on view through 2019.
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