Nathan Carter


acrylic on paper
44 x 72 inches

Graphic diagrams, found scraps, and communication instruments make up some of the visual sources assembled in Nathan Carter’s playful work. Though these sources are recognizable, a refined abstract composition is often the result. Here, what might appear to be a lyrical arrangement of organic, abstract shapes in the vein of Matisse or Calder reveals itself to be an industrial scene. Smokestacks cough out flames (the “blast furnace” in the title), and forms inherent to the architecture and design of the industrial world tangle and float around the page. Nathan Carter is currently participating in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition entitled The Map as Art, on view through April 2013. His international museum exhibitions include THE FLYING BRIXTON BANGARANG AND RADIO VIBRATION VEX-VENTURE, MURA: Museo de Arte Raul Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; THE COVERT CAVIAR FREQUENCY DISRUPTOR at ArtPace, San Antonio; and YO PIERRE, Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain. Carter has also recently participated in a number of group exhibitions including Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy originating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, traveling through 2012; Sculpture as Time: Major Works, New Acquistions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; and Drawing in Progress, Middlebrough Institute of Modern Art, United Kingdom.