Terry Karson: Human/Nature
February 27 2024 - July 27 2024
Karson repurposed the detritus of consumer culture. He recycled trash into art, and this process embodied several fundamentals of his practice—labor, obsession, accumulation, collaboration, collecting, repetition, transformation, the grid, and accessibility. Much of Karson’s work falls into a few distinctive categories; tidy displays of objects referred to as “specimens,” abstraction based on color and grids, and large-scale installation work. His aesthetic was sophisticated and refined even though the work was made from everyday refuse. The push and pull between mundane materials and the elegance of the finished object create the compelling tension and tenuous balance in Karson’s art.