Nathan Carter’s new drawings and panoramic panel paintings on show at Casey Kaplan are the product of an investigation into an idea of the future in the context of urban growth and landscape transformations. Carter’s painted cities are populated by exuberant buildings, where the contradictions and tensions of the society are evident: fragile towers, presumptuous monuments, dilapidated dormitories form the texture of a turbulent, yet apparently playful, environment. The same duality is developed in the process of drawing: structures and free gestural marks and shapes cohabit on the flat surface, in an almost cartographical approach.
The interest in the language of abstractions is combined with the attitude to narrative discourse, achieved through an experimentation with form, colour and material. This unusual interaction is also highlighted in new sculptural works, where constellations of geometric forms are suspended in space and slowly reveal themselves as buoyant towers.
525 West 21st St
New York, NY 10011
5 September – 26 October 2013
Courtesy the Artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
Photos: Jean Vong
image 2: As dawn broke after the terrible Blue Northern there was a calm that settled in over the Seven Summits, 2013
image 3: Arctic atmospheric conditions in the shallows of Gulf of Anadyr were so cold that turbulent wind sheer vortex rotors appeared in the sky like contrails of a shuttle flight flown by a pilot high on Phenodihydrochloride Benzelex, 2013
image 4: A monstrous flash of pink lightning rip-zipped across the sky, 2013