Carla Stetson

Carla Stetson Nomadic River Detail

Aerial Reconnaissance
Work by Carla Stetson

January 22—March 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5.00–7.00 p.m.
Artist Talk : Wednesday, January 29, 6.00 p.m.

Expanded Summary:
Aerial Reconnaissance includes a series of drawings completed by Carla Stetson (Ithaca College, Department of Art) over the past two years that follow a cartographic impulse, exploring topics such as the atmosphere, water gyres, and polar communities bound by temperature. Wind and water currents are frequent motifs explored by Stetson in her global survey.  Mountaintop removal, ocean gulf oil pollution, and underground shale fracking are among the issues that galvanize Stetson’s attention. Although somber in content, these mixed media drawings are meant to reinvigorate a sense of wholeness and a connection with large forces, drawing on an ethical agenda rather than a political one. As Stetson describes, “These works speak of a sense of expanded self, a spatial extension into the world.”

Artist Bio:
Carla Stetson’s mixed-media practice is characterized by transformations in which unlikely elements combine into new and hybrid entities. She works with a broad range of techniques and media, from mixed media-works on paper to large-scale installations. She currently is on faculty and teaches classes in studio art and art education at Ithaca College. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stetson lived in Duluth, Minnesota for twenty years before moving to Ithaca. She is known for her three commissioned public sculptures in Duluth, including The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Anderson Center for the Arts, Duluth Art Institute, Concordia University, Winthrop University, and Vermont College.  Stetsons’s long-standing artistic collaboration with Argentinian artist Cecilia Ramón was recently recognized at the 2013 Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition and will be featured in the exhibition at the Handwerker Gallery.

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