Every artist has their peculiar obsessions. Some keep them hidden, preferring to let them lurk at the margins of their work. Others, like Kevin Caraway and Solomon Carson, place them front and center and render them in big, bold, strokes.
Thus, it is only fitting that Caraway and Carson will be exhibiting together this Friday at Vishnu Bunny, as part of the monthly First Fridays series. With a title like 1 + 1 =!?, one must be intrigued.
Caraway’s most recent work pays homage to both contemporary urban and street artists (GATS, Darbotz, Tomek) and the European surrealists of the Twenties and Thirties (Max Ernst, Wolfgang Paalen, Andre Masson).
The premise behind it, he said, is to bring “street and urban arts into a gallery setting. Not something I’ve seen much of in Sioux Falls.” Although many of his new pieces venture into “experimental territory”, Caraway will also include some of his older work to help show viewers how his creative process has evolved over the years.
Carlson, meanwhile, draws much of his inspiration from science fiction, with a little bit of kitsch thrown in for good measure. His contributions to the show include a full-scale Star Wars installation, and other pieces inspired by biomechanics.
Carlson said that Caraway helped him finish the piece he is “most proud of”: a painting called “Transcendence” that was almost “thrown in the garbage” before being saved by an act of fortuitous intervention.
As enticement for those are considering attending the show, there will be plenty of prints for sale. Raffle tickets for a “Grumpy Space Kitten” original are available on Carlson’s website for $1.
Matt Housiaux, an intern at JAM Art & Supplies and a junior at Augustana College majoring in Journalism.