(Image: Carrie Gundersdorf, Diagonal Composition with laser lemon, 2010, crayon, charcoal, colored pencil and watercolour on paper, 44 1/2 x 60"; © Carrie Gundersdorf)
Carrie Gundersdorf (b. 1973)
With an unyielding interest in the formal explorations and history of abstraction, Carrie Gundersdorf's drawings and paintings reflect her interest in how line, form, color, and spatial compositions can be derived from other source materials, concerns similar to modernist artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Piet Mondrian. Her work articulates light spectrums as well as the progress of stars and planets through abstract compositions consisting of bars of color against atmospheric backdrops, taken from reproductions of astronomical photographs in books. Gundersdorf says, "My drawings and paintings refer to astronomical images that are created by time-lapse photography, spectroscopes, and computer-enhanced photographs. I find these images in books and on the internet, and extract shapes, lines, colors, and patterns that serve as a starting point for compositional strategies."
Education: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 2000. MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1998. Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1996. BA, Connecticut College, New London, CT, 1995.
(Text Source: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)