Felecia Chizuko Carlisle: I Saw Three Cities

Feb. 11, 2011 - March 26, 2011

Opening reception Feb. 11, 2011, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

I Saw Three Cities, a solo exhibition of recent works by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, appropriates its title from a 1944 surrealist painting of the same name by Kay Sage. This painting and other examples from the period featured deep perspective, a sense of drama through stark contrasts, dreary atmospheres and almost endless horizons. These landscapes contained strange geometric allusions to architectures that supposedly had deteriorated over time, yet never existed. Sage depicted places found inside the mind of a subject whose gaze was focused on an imagined future.

The title, I Saw Three Cities, speaks to the question of artistic vision. The exhibition addresses ambiguous notions of the future/present, engaging in ideas of efficiency, efficacy, and function while experimenting with form. Carlisle continues to study space, through relations between discreet works of sculpture, photography, video and design. I Saw Three Cities, balances a sense of optimism for the future with the apparent realities of failed utopian and modernist dreams.

Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, a native Floridian, received her MFA from the New Genres department at San Francisco Art Institute, in 2006. She has explored a variety of contexts for her work including television in Madrid, Spain, and Moab, Utah, nightclubs in Hamburg, Germany and San Francisco, and has shown in various national and international galleries, museums and public spaces. Carlisle was most recently included in New Work 2010, a group show at the Miami Art Museum. Her research in art focuses on the complex relationship between real and virtual space, navigating the territories between the two. Her work draws from and combines multiple disciplines such as performance, installation, sound, design, architecture, sculpture and photography. Carlisle currently maintains a studio in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, FL.

Felecial Chizuko Carlisle

Installation view

Felecial Chizuko Carlisle

Installation view

Felecial Chizuko Carlisle

Installation view: Pink Army/Pink Rectangle, 2011, video

Felecial Chizuko Carlisle

Relic, 2011, concrete blocks, paint, glass