Leila Heller is pleased to present Arthur Carter in conversation with Modern and Contemporary Masters, opening October 23rd and on view through December 5th, 2019.
Arthur Carter’s exhibition features sculptures that have never been seen or exhibited. His new works integrate patinas into his bronze sculptures, adding an extra element to articulate a balance between vivacity and tranquility, distinction and integration. Carter explores the possibility of availing the language of geometry in different materials, sizes, and environments, creating dialogue and creative energy between art and mathematics. He challenges the structures of the physical world with his own modernist interventions, like new words in a language of space and time. Carter’s intuitions of line, form, and shape are visualized through his sculptural works after a process of iterations that explore relationships within space. By formally solving and eliminating the excessive, Carter studies geometry and form in two and three-dimensions and then integrates sculptures into their bases, creating harmony, movement, and dynamic rhythm which has continued throughout his oeuvre.
The dialogue between Carter’s two-dimensional and three-dimensional works speak to his systematic approach and empathetic representation of the beauty of geometry. Similarly, Carter’s inspiration from Modern and Contemporary Masters contextualizes his work and creates a conversation between the abstract, geometric new contemporary works which realize geometry in space with historical pieces. His reference to modernist pure abstraction and his reduction to form and color simplify visual compositions and create parallels between himself and artists such as Mondrian, Kandinsky, Picasso, Leger, Bolotowsky, Glarner, Gleizes, Metzinger, Hoffman, Calder, Lewitt, Lipchitz, Archipenko, amongst others, in addition to philosophers, mathematicians, and composers.
Carter explains, “My work focuses on simplifying and eliminating the excessive. The question is how does purity of design lend itself to making a beautiful and elegant piece.” Pursuing his inquiry into the use of geometry in his practice, Arthur Carter has engaged in an intellectual, sophisticated style, merging his mathematical precision and musical interest with his artistic investigation of the complex relationships between objects.