Carter at work with HP staff

Although / Emote, Forthcoming, Continuous, Selfsame (although)

Highpoint Editions is excited to present this group of four new pieces created in collaboration with Carter at Highpoint Editions. Carter’s work is characterized by an elusive quality, questioning conventional ideas about portraiture, identity, and social conventions. This body of work is no different. A fascinating mash up of photographic source materials, delicate line drawings, diagrams, and a subtle play of color and line, layering and framing, it is aesthetically and conceptually rich work.

Using lithography and screenprinting techniques, these prints have a subtle surface quality that rewards repeat viewing. Hard and soft elements are layered upon one another, defying traditional notions of framing and composition. In these prints, the layering techniques unique to the medium reinforce deeply held ideas.

Emote/Although juxtaposes a deeply personal ‘emotion wheel’ with an impersonal instructional diagram of a hand pruning a branch invoking larger ideas about control, nature, and identity. A mundane caption, only slightly altered, becomes poetry.

With Continuous, Carter plays with layering a dynamic collection of screenprinted ‘doodles’ over a rigorously controlled interior view of a 1960’s living room, and all of the social mores and conventions implied therein. The shimmering marks seem to float dreamlike above the picture plane, disregarding the conventional ‘edge,’ and suggesting a more complex and nuanced human identity.

Likewise, in Forthcoming, the juxtaposition of hard and soft lines, sculptural edges and furry forms, and the implication of numerous frames suggest a multiplicity of ideas, identities, and elements that can hardly be contained within a single visual message.

Consistent with Carter’s tendency to mix media, Selfsame (although) includes trompe l’oeil elements that appear sewn into the paper. He plays with revealing and concealing elements of the composition with a personal framing that echoes work he’s done in the past while simultaneously creating something entirely new.

Carter is an American artist and film director based in New York City. He was born in 1970 in Norwich, Connecticut.

Carter studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992. He then studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1994, and the University of California, Davis, earning an MFA in 1997.

Carter is best known for artwork that spans various media, from painting and photography to sculptural installations, film and video. His works have been exhibited internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the USA Today and Abstract America exhibitions, at the Saatchi Gallery in London, England.  His work has also been shown at the Royal Academy in London and the Museion in Bolzano, Italy.

A comprehensive catalogue of Carter’s work edited by Georg Kargl was published in 2008 titled, An Arm with Hair, (The Vienna Catalogue 1973). Carter is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco and Francesco Annarumma in Naples, Italy.