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Carson Fox
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: I interested in beauty, but I mistrust it. Instead, I look for beauty that exists in tension between nature and artifice, the awe of visual spectacle, and humanity’s desire to bridle nature and time. As a child, I often fantasized about nature, and my determination of it – at least in my mind - fulfilled a sense of control that I lacked in life. As an adult, I find myself returning to these concerns and using them as the subject of my artwork, while considering their larger symbolic relevance, both personally and societally. In recent years, I have worked almost exclusively with resin, in bodies of work that can be categorized as flower, tree, sea, and rock forms. Flowers interest me because of their transient nature, their association with memorials, and their potential as vehicles for riotous color, as I assemble them into wall installations composed of hundreds of pieces. The tree forms manifest as logs or cross sections. When a massive backyard tree was cut down, I became intrigued by the trunk, and the wavering network of rings that recorded the rainfall and hardships of every year. I considered the forms as material timekeepers, an idea that permeates much of my interests. Coral forms also draw upon themes of continuance, as they refer to reefs that are thousands of years old. Finally, freestanding sculptures centering on minerals, crystals, and geodes are created with multiple parts of assembled and carved cast resin. My goal is for them to seem preposterous and wondrous, to underscore that nothing is more perplexing, complex, and extraordinary than nature.
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  • Fire Room, detail
    2012
    Cast resin, woodcut on wallpaper
    Dimensions variable
    One year, when my mentally ill father determined we could no longer conventionally heat our house, we cut down trees from a vacant lot and carried them home- only so that the un-split logs would lay

  • Fire Room
    2012
    Cast resin, woodcut on wallpaper
    Dimensions variable
    One year, when my mentally ill father determined we could no longer conventionally heat our house, we cut down trees from a vacant lot and carried them home- only so that the un-split logs would lay

  • Snowcloud
    2010
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable
    The snow and ice imagery was taken from a vivid dream of a meeting with my mother, shortly after her death. As we spoke, the ice surrounding us melted, and although irrational, a question kept resurfa

  • Iceberg Room
    2010
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable
    The snow and ice imagery was taken from a vivid dream of a meeting with my mother, shortly after her death. As we spoke, the ice surrounding us melted, and although irrational, a question kept resurfa

  • Ice Room
    2012
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable
    The snow and ice imagery was taken from a vivid dream of a meeting with my mother, shortly after her death. As we spoke, the ice surrounding us melted, and although irrational, a question kept resurfa

  • Squirrel Rebellion
    2010
    Cast plaster
    Dimensions variable
    Squirrel Rebellion is a collection of conspiring squirrels. I see the peripatetic squirrel as a symbol of the contemporary middle class American citizen: perpetually industrious, forced to constantly

  • Golden Hoard
    2014
    Cast resin
    16" x 24" x 24"
    The acorns bear a special relationship to my own narrative and the wider economic climate of the United States. I intend them to symbolize the on-going apprehension and anxiety of the middle class, as

  • Golden Hoard, detail
    2014
    Cast resin
    16" x 24" x 24"
    The acorns bear a special relationship to my own narrative and the wider economic climate of the United States. I intend them to symbolize the on-going apprehension and anxiety of the middle class, as

  • Silver Coral
    2014
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable

  • Silver Coral, detail
    2014
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable

  • Orange Coral
    2014
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable

  • Violet Crystal Explosion
    2013
    Cast resin
    14" x 38" x 16"
    Recent work references rocks and minerals from the natural world. I create these sculptures with multiple parts of cast resin that I assemble and carve. I wish for them to seem both preposterous and

  • Blue Crystal Growth
    2014
    Cast resin
    17” x 16” x 8”
    Recent work references rocks and minerals from the natural world. I create these sculptures with multiple parts of cast resin that I assemble and carve. I wish for them to seem both preposterous and

  • Geode Garden Lab
    2013
    Cast resin, steel stand
    Dimensions variable
    This collection of seventeen sculptures was commissioned by Eaton Corporation for their world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. I created these sculptures with multiple layers of assembled and carved

  • Pink Poms
    2014
    Cast resin
    Approximately 24" x 14" x 14" each

  • Pink Poms, detail
    2014
    Cast resin
    Approximately 24" x 14" x 14" each

  • Eaton Garden
    2013
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable
    The site-specific flower installations I create are comprised of hundreds of small, cast-resin sculptures on heavy pins that allow me to drive the objects directly into the wall. Flowers interest me

  • Eaton Garden, detail
    2013
    Cast resin
    Dimensions variable
    The site-specific flower installations I create are comprised of hundreds of small, cast-resin sculptures on heavy pins that allow me to drive the objects directly into the wall. Flowers interest me

  • Blue Sky Pursuit
    2011
    Laminated and tempered glass
    Commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYC) in 2009, this series of 18 laminated glass windows extended from the waiting room to the escalators, creating a blue sky filled with b

  • Blue Sky Pursuit
    2011
    Laminated and tempered glass
    The glass panels were created from a process that includes painting on the glass. The 14 windows, eight on the north side of the waiting room and six on the south, extend the sky in the elevated wai
 








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