2019 KRANZBERG EXHIBITION SERIES
CARLOS ZAMORA: cART
July 25–December 22, 2019
Dana Turkovic, Curator
July 25, 2019
As part of our commitment to supporting and showcasing local artists, Laumeier Sculpture
Park will present Carlos Zamora: cART. This project will commission Cuban-born, St. Louis-
based illustrator and graphic designer Carlos Zamora to retrofit the Park’s golf carts. Golf carts
play a pivotal role in how Laumeier staff crisscrosses the campus, shuttling colleagues and
checking on sculptures, and interacting with visitors. Zamora will create three unique artworks
by enveloping the carts in printed vinyl wraps, sculptural frameworks, and ornamentation
inspired by a variety of sources such as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes, history and politics.
The production of embellished “drivable” sculptures draws attention to the history of kinetic
art, from early modernism to the present and its activation by the viewer, context and
environment. The golf cart takes these ideas one step further, whereby the object is
decorative, mobile, and functional.
Carlos Zamora (b. 1978, Havana, Cuba) graduated from Havana Design Institute, Cuba in 2000. In 2004 he immigrated to Quito, Ecuador and arrived in the United States in 2006. His early professional endeavors in Cuba included The Office of Historical Restoration for Old Havana, Alicia Alonso’s National Ballet of Cuba, Casa de las Américas, Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and cigar company Habanos S.A. Between 2000 and 2004 he served as Art Director for magazines including Opus Habana, Gaceta de Cuba, Anales del Caribe, Cuba en el Ballet and Conjunto. Magazines, book covers and posters resumed his professional life in Havana. Zamora has worked as a designer at Fleishman Hillard, St. Louis and Kiku Obata & Company, St. Louis and is now Creative Director at Express Scripts in St. Louis. He is a former President of AIGA, St. Louis Chapter and serves as a brand chair on several boards. His illustrations have been published by the New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Ad Age, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, Alive, and St. Louis Magazine. His work has been included in American Illustration 34, 3x3 Illustration Annual No.12, and Society of Illustrators 58th. Communication Arts featured his work in the Typography and Illustration Annuals 2017.
August 24- December 22, 2019
Dana Turkovic, Curator
August 24, 2019
Los Angeles-based artist Sam Falls treks into the wilderness, traversing many of America’s national parks and even submerging himself underwater to create compositions on large sheets of canvas that capture the formal qualities of the local plant life. Using only colored pigment and the sun, Falls creates paintings that sublimate the nature world, recording a particular moment in time as well as the human impulse to connect with nature. In his sculpture and ceramic work Falls layers scavenged branches, twigs and leaves to create intricate patterns that constitute a vague definition of “place.”
For Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls will create two on-site large scale paintings documenting the Park’s forest floor by using his distinctive painting techniques with dried pigments, dew drops, rain and mist. Working with Laumeier’s master gardener to grow a customized garden, Falls will use the resulting flora on two-monumental sculptures using I-beams and brightly glazed clay tiles. The two hard-edged towers will only represent a sliver of the overwhelming space and abundance of nature.
Sam Falls (b. 1984) was raised in Vermont. He received his BA from Reed College in 2007 and his MFA from ICP-Bard in 2010. He has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Trento and Rovereto, Italy; The Kitchen, New York; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Pomona College Museum of Art; Public Art Fund, New York; and LAXART, Los Angeles, among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Le Consortium, Dijon; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, England; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Menil Collection, Houston; Museo MADRE, Naples; and the International Center of Photography, New York; among others. Falls lives and works in Los Angeles.