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Carol Salmanson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: Memory is at its most magical when it conjures up not the event, but its surrounding perceptual and emotional space. Flashes of reflected light, movement seen out of the corner of eye, bits of sound or feeling – these are what ignite memory, giving it form and bringing it to life. Light both beams into and envelops you. I started working with it in 2003 after painting for many years because of these singular spatial qualities. They allow me to build whole worlds with color and shape, ones that resonate with memory and experience. Painters have often talked about depicting light. Today’s technology allows me to use light as medium as well as subject. My vocabulary combines light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with contemporary reflective and transparent materials. The works range from the organic to the architectural. The concepts for my installations and sculptures are structural, concerned with the way that form, light, and reflected light merge. My background as a painter has given me the ability to create works that are aesthetically rich, and technology provides a way to integrate color and line into the vocabulary of sculpture and architecture. My wall works bridge the chasm between the technological and the handmade. I incorporate their materials into the form of the work: wires become lines; transparent and reflective sheeting become spatial illusions; LEDs become objects of various shapes, sizes, and colors. Together they act as discrete elements that form two-dimensional work like paintings, while the volumetric nature of their light amplifies and radiates color outward to suggest metaphorical spaces. My work with light work derived from my painting. I have recently resumed painting, and it is in turn informed by my years working with light. As I integrate my light work with my earlier painting I pay special attention to the proportionality afforded by their synthesis. I am now simultaneously experiencing new media and old, deepening my understanding of the different concepts of space. The spaces I create are artificial but not fictional: stage sets, lit from within and without.

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2016-17 Water Bubbles, in the White Tower, Cultural Transit Foundation, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2015-16 Tri-Quadular Cone, Summit Public Art, Summit, NJ

2014 Village Square, West 10th Street Window, Time Equities Inc. Art in Buildings Program,
New York, NY

2013 Awarded New Britain Police Station Public Art Project, New Britain, CT, unrealized due
to budget constraints

"Luminaria San Antonio" Light Festival, San Antonio, TX

"Rock Street" outdoor sculpture show curated by Lesley Heller and Deborah Brown

2012 Finalist, Seattle Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School, Seattle, WA

2011 “Park Lights,” window installations commissioned by 254 Park Avenue South, presented by Smart Spaces, New York, NY

Finalist, PS 290 Public Art for Public Schools, New York City School Construction
Authority, New York, NY

2010 DUMBO Arts Festival Curated Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2008 “Diaphany,” Mixed Greens Gallery Glow Room Project, New York, NY

2005 Finalist, Louisiana Station Percent-for-Art (rapid transit station), Denver, CO

2004 “Luminous Layers” Elevator Light Installations, d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival,
Brooklyn, NY


Solo and Two-Person

2018 SL Gallery, New York, NY (solo) (upcoming)

2015 “Urban Juxtapositions,” Slag Contemporary, Brooklyn New York (two-person)

“Elements,” Station Independent Projects, New York, NY (two-person)

2014 “As Above, So Below,” Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY (two-person)

2013 “Light Lines,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2012 Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

2007 “Upon Reflection,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005 “Luminous Layers,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2004 “Luminous Layers,” PS122 Gallery Hallway Project, New York, NY

“Perceptual Architecture,” Narthex and Stairwell Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY

“Surroundings,” Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (two-person)


2018 Sculpture exhibition at David&Schweitzer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (upcoming)

“On & On: Art Without End,” curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Beard Gallery at Wheaton
College, Norton, MA

“Surface and Substance,” curated by Hester Simpson, the Painting Center, New York, NY

2017 “Bigger, Better, Bolder,” curated by Jaynie Gilman Crimmins, Christina J. Massey, and Etty
Yaniv, a Chashama project, Brooklyn, NY

2016 “The Particle and the Wave,” curated by Jeanne Brasile and Gianluca Bianchino, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2015 “On & On: Art Without End,” curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Mark Miller Gallery, New York, NY

“Williamsburg on Warren,” curated by Leah Stuhltrager and Cris Dam, One Art Space,
New York, NY

“BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured” co-curated by Irina Danilova and Vladimir Seleznev as part of Project 59, Inc., Brooklyn, NY and Museum of Fine Art, Nizhny Tagil, Russia

2014 “A Familiar Line,” Key Projects, Queens, NY

“Color Formed,” curated by Jim Osman, FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY

2013 “Illuminators,” OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2012 "Space Invaders," curated by Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

2010 “Resplendency,” East/West Project, Berlin, Germany

2008 “Trellis, A Sculpture Survey,” Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

“Incandescent,” 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY

2007 “Host,” curated by Elizabeth M. Grady, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

“A Certain Slant of Light,” Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Corpse of Time,” curated by Benjamin La Rocco, Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn,

2005 “Bright and Shining,” Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Facing Newark,” curated by Rupert Ravens and the Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ

2004 Kawaguchi Art Factory, Kawaguchi, Japan

2003 “Multiple Memorials,” organized by Mary Miss, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

2002 “Reactions,” Exit Art, New York, NY


2017 “Tonal Shift,” co-curated with Katherine Daniels, Station Independent Projects, NY

2013 “The Language of Painting”, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY


2016 United States Department of State, grant award

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency

2010 Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts,
New York, NY

2005 Residency in Public Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


“In Conversation: Leah Oates talks to Carol Salmanson,” NY Arts Magazine, online: June, 2013,; in print, September, 2013

"Carol Salmanson: From Painting about Light to Painting with Light," The Engine Institute, Inc., February 4th, 2013 (

“Luminaria 2013 at Instituto Cultural de Mexico,” Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current, April 2, 2013

Yuneikys Villalonga, "Space Invaders," Art Experience: New York City, Vol I, No. 10, Fall 2012

James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, June 2012 and "Carol Salmanson & Stephen Truax at Storefront Bushwick," Supreme Fiction (, May 26, 2012

Sharon Butler, "Sunday Stroll in Bushwick," Two Coats of Paint (, May 21, 2012

Elisabeth Condon, "Bushwick Sunday," Raggedy Ann's Foot (, May 21, 2012

Edward Rubin, “Complex but Not Complicated,” NY Arts Magazine, October, 2010

Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz, “Carol Salmanson’s light and refraction,” Gopher Illustrated, May 12, 2010 (’s-light-and-refraction/)

"Carol Salmanson - Diaphany 2009" PIC OF THE DAY,, February 9, 2009 (

"Carol Salmanson: Diaphany, Mixed Greens, New York, NY,” Minus Space Log, December 2, 2008 (

Jill Conner, “China Blue, Carol Salmanson,” the Brooklyn Rail, June, 2007, p. 36

James Kalm (Loren Munk), “Carol Salmanson and China Blue,” at DAM STUHLTRAGER Gallery (, April 24, 2007

“Gatormans Minx or Illuminated Antifolk,” Art or Something Like It, CUNY TV, December 15, 2006

“Gallery Hopping,” The New York Sun, October 14, 2005, p. 14

James Kalm, “Carol Salmanson and Jae Hi Ahn,” Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery”, the Brooklyn Rail, April 2005, p. 26


Vice President of Board of Trustees, NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.

Guest lecturer, Ural Federal University Institute of Humanities and Arts, 2016

Guest lecturer, The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2016

Guest lecturer, Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art-Russia-Yekaterinburg

Visiting Artist, Department of Art & Design Art Forum Lecture Series, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, March, 2013

Guest Panelist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent-for-Art, May 2008

Guest Lecturer, New York School of Interior Design, February 2006


Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Art Students League, New York, NY

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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