Andrea Carlson

Published April 1, 2010 by Molly




Andrea Carlson’s paintings have names that would seem to belong to late-eighties grindcore bands: “Cannibal Ferox”, “The Poison That Is It’s Own Cure”, “Vaster Empire” and “End of Trail”. These are extremely alluring titles, promising high-tempo paintings with aggro lyrics and long wavy hair. Happily, the paintings do not disappoint.

Carlson is a wacky genius, drawing on an encyclopedic breadth of objects and topics for her work. In her statement she writes, “The objects and texts represented in my work are displayed hovering like holy icons, floating and centered on the page. As these objects dangle over the seashore like a carrot, the shore rises up, itself fluid, all-consuming and assimilating as the earth takes back and buries it’s histories.”

To which we can only say, “Aw, hell yeah,” and pump our fists in agreement.

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