In her first exhibition at Poem 88, Corrine Colarusso celebrates the effervescent energy of the natural world through acrylic paintings on canvas and multimedia drawings. Her luscious color sensibility and uncanny ability to capture light and atmosphere reminds us of so many great painters of the American landscape. Wetlands, verdant fields, and mountains are all fodder for her depictions of the every-changing, scintillating light.
Light and Weather describes the forces that shape the world we see and the world we feel. Underlining our human desire to connect with the natural world and nature’s spectacular windfalls of beauty, Colarusso’s work suggests that realism is more of a translation of sensation rather than an exacting description. Her paintings depict an intimate narrative; a moving world, as light fades or as weather systems move in and take over, part of what she calls “the daily spectacular." Hence, her landscapes appear as if they were arenas or stage sets where our experience unfolds.
Colarusso has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Grant, A Fulbright-Hayes research and travel grant to India and Nepal. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Cortona Program of the University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy, the Ossabaw Island Project, Ossabaw Island, Georgia. She organized and curated Painters’ Reel, Contemporary Painting in Georgia, an exhibition which traveled to the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, The Jepson Center for Contemporary Art in Savannah, and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, during 2009 and 2010. She taught at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) from 1975-1996.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is included in many Museum, private and corporate collections such as the High Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Atlanta, Gas Light, Roberto Goizueta School of Business Library, Emory University, Coca Cola Inc., Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman, & Ashmore, Equifax Corporation, and King and Spalding, Inc.