Fifteen years ago my methodologies came together. I introduced digital photography into the mix of painting, construction, sculpture and installation. Before arriving at a final print, I construct iconic architecture creating rural scenes out of clay and wood then paint or draw their backdrops. Taking a minimalist approach, details are left out. The scenes are lit with natural studio light that is manipulated to create light and shadow, so new shapes fall on other forms. What appears simple becomes complex. Merging opposites, as well as trying to give the simple and the ordinary substance, has been the basis of my working vocabulary.
In my most recent work, I have moved away from narration towards abstraction, paring away as much as possible yet still continuing to work the impressions of “home” and memory of place.
about the artist
Carolyn Conrad was born in Massachusetts and grew up Acton, a rural town steeped in New England history, a large source of her inspiration. Her early art training at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and undergraduate work at Massachusetts College, helped form her minimalist and conceptual aesthetic. She first exhibited in and around Boston and then moved to New York City, where she received a MFA from New York University. She currently maintains a studio in Sag Harbor, NY.
Conrad’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries, institutions and museums. Solo, group exhibitions and installations include: Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY(solo); Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY; Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT; Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY; Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis MA; Islip Museum, Islip, NY; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; New England School of Photography, Boston, MA(solo); Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA; and Cloitre des Billettes, Paris, France.