In the new body of work, Carson ups the ante on her appropriation of questionable popular visual tropes (bar signs, logos, Vegas gaming design, populist “painterly” clichés, etc.) by incorporating the default popular artistic subject matter of her part-time home state of Montana — the horse. Ghost Pegasuses in the Ab-Ex sky, to be precise. Carson’s herds of giant winged equines hover over and emerge out of landscapes that disintegrate into an abstract maelstrom of violet/orange gestural brush strokes that are as accomplished as they are ironic. The result is about as close as fine art can get to van art without blowing the whole deal for everybody.
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