Melanie Flood Projects is pleased to present Sari Carel: Breach of Skin, a solo exhibition that investigates the way sound and image exist as reminders and remainders of each other. In this new body of work Carel continues to develop a diverse territory of exploration that is defined by drawing connections between the demise of modernism, and its utopian notions, with environmental disintegration.
Harking back to avant garde practices of translating sound into image and vice versa, fragile amalgams speak to species on the brink of extinction in Modalities of Treatments. Stemming from her interest and early display methods of natural history museums, Carel layers archival audio recordings of endangered, and extinct species with abstract sculptures thereby forming an intimate yet imagined habitat. Inspired by early Bauhaus textile designs and Theo van Doesburg’s Composition VIII which celebrated the image of the domestic cow taken to complete abstraction, Towards A New Amphibian is a series of mixed media works that takes the recent extinction of the Golden Toad as its point of departure. An elegiac meandering between sculpture, sound, and works on paper, the series meditates on a wild animal that has lost not only all relation to it naturalistic origin but has completely disappeared from a taxonomical system. Carel includes natural and human pieces of detritus: molting feathers, pieces of thread and images of fabric swatches, shed reptile skins, and discarded pennies to redirect the gaze towards the residual—to that which has been overlooked, is steadily disappearing, and that which has been left behind.
In addition to this exhibition, the Time Arts Club, a student led organization will host an artist talk in the Art Building at Portland State University on Wednesday October 19th. The event is free and open to the public.
Sari Carel is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Carel’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Artists Space, Dumbo Arts Festival, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York; LAX Art and Young Projects in Los Angeles; TA University Gallery in Tel Aviv, and Haifa Museum of Art in Israel and Locust Projects in Miami. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, including AIR at the Stundars Museum, Finland; AIR Vienna; the ISCP Program and Socrates Sculpture Park Artist Fellowship, New York; and the Bundanon Residency, Australia. Recent projects include Borrowed Light, a public art project with community driven workshops at Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and On The Exactitude Of Rain at Ryan Lee Gallery, NY. Upcoming projects include a three- person show at Tel Aviv University Gallery, and a public sound-art project produced in collaboration with More Art in New York City.