Carol Bove’s room-sized installations and intricate assemblages suggest an anachronistic archaeology of objects that register at both metaphoric and psychic levels. Incorporating artifacts, images and objects, her sculptural compositions subtly evoke a wide range of cultural references that often circle around the atmosphere of the 1960’s and 70’s. Using such diverse materials as books, shells, driftwood, peacock feathers, metal, concrete, foam, and more recently bronze, and petrified wood, Bove’s close relationship between the built environment and working process is evident in both her materials and forms. In recent years the industrial landscape of her studio location in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has been an inspired source for found objects in her work. Likewise, Bove has drawn on architectural frameworks such as Brutalism, corporate lobbies, and more specifically the work of architects Phillip Johnson and Carlo Scarpa. For her Public Art Fund Talk, Bove will discuss these influences and their relationship to her recent work for public space.
Carol Bove (b. 1971, Geneva, Switzerland) lives and works in New York. Bove was raised in Berkeley, California, and studied at New York University. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); the Tate St. Ives (2009); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (both 2004); and the Kunstverein Hamburg (2003). Her work has been prominently featured in major group exhibitions, most recently in 2011 with her installation The Foamy Saliva of a Horse (2011) at the Arsenale as part of the 54th Venice Biennale. Other group exhibitions include The Age of Aquarius, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2011); Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, New Museum, New York (2007); and Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (2005). New public art works by Bove were included as part of this year’s documenta 13.
Organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Carol Bove. "Flora's Garden", 2012. dOCUMENTA 13. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London