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Oct. 18, 2013
“Fearful Symmetry” by Carol Prusa
MCA Presents Visiting Artist Carol Prusa
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Carol Prusa in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Prusa received a BS in Biocommunication Arts from the University of Illinois and went on to achieve an MFA in painting from Drake University in Iowa. After reading an article in Art in America about Miami, she packed up and moved to South Florida where she currently lives and works.
Prusa has always been intrigued by how physicists think, and her current work, acrylic spheres and hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to five feet in diameter, speaks to multiple universes and possibility. The spheres are articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite, punctuated with patterns of fiber optic lights. “Like scientists and mathematicians who model emergent behavior, I also yearn to create a radical vision that takes into account the chaotic interactions central to the formation of the universe,” says Prusa. “I explore a number of mathematical models that physicists developed to explain our universe, and my expressed geometries offer a spiritual force that organizes structures from the microscopic to the political.”
Represented by galleries on both coasts, Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation.
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