Gudmond Vigtel, 1992, 100 Years of Painting in Georgia

Elementary Geography,1991

acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches

Courtesy of Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta

      Born in Boston, Corrine Colarusso received her BFA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She joined the faculty of the Atlanta College of Art in 1975. She has exhibited her paintings and drawings widely and her work is represented in regional private and corporate collections. Among Colarusso’s many awards are two McDowell Colony fellowships, a Fullbright-Hayes research and travel grant to India and Nepal, a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist grant, and a Mellon Foundation grant.

The environment and our perception of the landscape have been the subjects for Colarusso’s recent explorations as a painter. She approaches the subjects on several levels, with references to earlier interpretations on the one hand, and, within the same composition, her personal commentary on the effects of shimmering skies over glistening water. Segmentation of her subject—richly observed details inserted into general views, often broken up by rectangular flat fields—suggests not only her fascination with the abundance of nature but also with the painterly possibilities inherent in the artist’s analysis of landscape.

In Elementary Geography, Colarusso plays the dark waters of a restless sea beneath a glowing evening sky against specific geometric shapes which may be her reminder to us that we are looking at a painting and not a stirring seascape. Their placement and coloration, however, allow these neutral shapes to be read also as plausible elements in this dramatic view, perhaps as a quay and a mast in the foreground and a sail in the middle distance. Through her manipulations, the artist has turned a conventional interpretation into a sleight-of-hand of painterly insights and illusions.

Elementary GeographyElementary Geography, 1991 acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches