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Ola Carson

When: March 25-May 17 2016

The Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington hosts the first U.S. exhibition, titled “No.,” of the Poland-born artist. Carson writes, “No is a key word for every single drawing, however, each of them presents [a] totally separate and unrelated story, an event which happened or could have happened, affairs I heard about, or some sentences … I found interesting enough to write down in my notebook and draw.” Carson uses crayons, markers, ink and pencil to depict fraught and sometimes downright grizzly scenes — two women who were murdered, or young boys crushed to death by a giant cactus. There is humor, too, as in a portrait of a couple titled “They paid together for that pullover from Bottega Veneta. So No. She couldn’t leave.” Genitalia and fragmented bodies appear frequently, and what might look like a hip greeting card at first glance turns out to have much more depth.

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