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Mia Feuer makes massive sculptures that create the illusion of architectural elements in states of potential or collapse. They are inspired by North American bridges, cranes, and ports, as well as checkpoints in Israel and Palestine, where the artist has traveled and taught. As a child, Feuer spent time interning at a theatre company, and her current use of materials including cast and painted foam, aircraft cable, and other commercial products, seems informed by her youthful experiences with set design.
The Bridge is a site-specific installation that uses the height and span of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s galleries to present an industrial landscape of twisted I-beams and violins, a fire escape, staircase fragments, and various fantasy elements. Cantilevered from the walls or suspended from the ceiling these monochromatic elements mix with the trusses and ductwork that are present throughout the space.
Feuer’s work has affinities to several sculptors including E.V. Day, Judy Pfaff, Richard Serra, and Mark di Suvero, all known for their dramatic use of materials, scale, and movement (actual or implied). Her ongoing investigation of physical and emotional states of uncertainty aligns her work with the present-day reality and the all-too-common reporting of one natural and human-made disaster after another.
Feuer received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2005 and her MFA in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions at Outerworks Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada; FLUXspace, Philadelphia; Dorfman Projects, New York; Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT; and Transformer Gallery, Washington DC. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, The MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony. She will be in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE in 2011.
Image: Mia Feuer, The Bridge (installation detail), 2010, Steel, styrofoam, latex paint, Courtesy of the artist