Karen Azoulay


On November 7th & 8th, 2010 Karen Azoulay performed Carnation Thunder, new work created for Savoir-Faire at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery.



Fireworks are spectacles of joy and celebration, a riveting hybrid of man-made precipitation and blazing confetti. Particles of colored fire fill the sky and shower us from above. We play Mother Nature and make the skies rain down on us with deafening explosions.



Carnation Thunder is a flavorful and sculptural meditation on pyrotechnics. Guests will be lured into a dark yet decadent and shimmering space where painterly projections will detonate from every direction. Once the theatrical demonstration ensues, participants will be led through a series of activities that indulge each of the senses. Seated at an opulent table where every element has been sculpted in surprising ways, curious concoctions will be served.  Each morsel will be a synesthesic investigation into these bouquets of the sky. The group will engage in a collaborative experiment to learn what bursting colors, metallic shimmers, fizzling explosions, and wafting trails of smoke taste like on the tip of the tongue.


Karen Azoulay is a visual artist based in New York City. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto in 2000. Solo exhibitions include ‘Fire Tale’, curated by Joseph R. Wolin at Four Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, 2007; ‘Wading Under a Crackling Sky’, curated by Glenn Ligon at CUE Art Foundation in New York City (2007); and ‘The Evening Canopy and the Sunset Hour’ at Mercer Union in Toronto (2006). Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue.com, Slate, The Believer, Canadian Art, Elle Magazine, Border Crossings, ReadyMade, and TimeOut New York.  Recent projects include group exhibitions at the ICCA in Cape Breton, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, ‘Down With Liberty!” a lecture project at Deitch Studios in New York and ‘The Banquet of Tigress and Plumes’, a unique event that merged performance, food and sculpture.





Photos: David Kimmelman


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