Carol Salmanson

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Studio Location
“All That’s Left” at East/West Project, Berlin. LEDs, reflective sheeting, plexi, aluminum
“Diaphany” window installation at Mixed Greens Gallery. LEDs, fluorescents, gel filters
“Upon Reflection” has 5 stainless steel boxes with LEDs, fluorescents, & prism rods
“Glimmering Grove” at Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, with reflective sheeting, LEDs, fluorescents, prism rods
“Split Screen,” with LEDs, reflective sheeting, fluorescent lights, prism rods, & steel
Artist's Statement

I started working with light to take the spatial and color concerns of my painting into a different realm. I have developed a vocabulary of light and glowing surfaces to create works that fully activate their surrounding space. Using various lighting technologies, reflective materials, and structures, I focus on both object and space, exploiting walls and other surfaces as well as the work's surroundings.

My work is about the intricacies of human interaction, which I learned to observe to compensate for a hereditary hearing problem. Like the best theater, which captures the hidden dynamics to go beyond words, the work explores the energy in subconscious perceptions and calculations, the things you see and know without realizing it. Information intersects with emotions to create a specific kind of knowledge that is nonverbal, precise, and intense.


Born in Providence, RI, I now live and work in Brooklyn. My recent installation “All That’s Left” was shown at the East/West Project in Berlin in 2010. Solo exhibition venues include Mixed Greens Gallery Glow Room Project (NYC), Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn), PS122 Gallery (NYC), d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival (Brooklyn), St. Peter’s Church (NY), and Gallery Ju-ichi Gatsu (Tokyo), among others. Selected group exhibition venues include 532 Gallery (NYC), Rupert Ravens Contemporary (Newark), the Soap Factory (Minneapolis), and Galeria Janet Kurnatowski (Brooklyn).

My work has been featured in the Brooklyn Rail, Gopher Illustrated, the NY Sun,, Art Quips, Chelsea Now,, and numerous other places.

I attended the Arts Students League and SVA, after receiving my BS in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.