Carter Kustera

Press release

Fabulous Anger
Dec 6, 2003 - Jan 10, 2004
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 5, 2003 / 6 - 8 PM

Solomon Projects is pleased to present "Fabulous Anger," a new series of gouache and watercolor drawings by New York-based conceptual artist, Carter Kustera. The exhibition will be on view from December 5, 2003 through January 10, 2004. Kustera will speak about his work during the opening on Friday, December 5 from 6 - 8 PM.

At once poignant and witty, "Fabulous Anger" is a provocative body of work that explores the commodification of violence. Combining image and text in a format familiar to advertising -- the fashion layout -- Kustera takes a critical look at the way violence is presented through the media. "As a contemporary society we have become so accustomed and numbed to witnessing violence and social deviations that it has become a part of our everyday experience," states the artist, and through his politicization of the fashion layout, Kustera questions our threshold for its acceptable presentation.

Kustera's work has been selected for many influential international exhibitions including the 1993 and 1997 Venice Biennales; nationally he has shown at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT; P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY; and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, notably a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the J.M. Kohler Arts Center and Kohler Company Arts in Industry Program residency. His work can be found in many important public and private collections including: The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH; Robert J.Shiffler collection; and Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Additionally, the Progressive Corporation chose Kustera to design their ground-breaking 1994 Annual Report, which was subsequently awarded The Black Book's "Best Illustration Award" for an annual report. Kustera also was commissioned to create a computer animation project for the stage show of U2's 1997 World Tour, Pop Mart.

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