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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Carol Golemboski

Dates:  1971 -
Active:  US
Website:  thunder1.cudenver.edu/cam/faculty/va/carolgolemboski/index.html
 
  
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Carol Golemboski received an MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA in Art from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent series of black and white photographs, entitled Psychometry, addresses psychological issues concerning anxiety, loss and existential doubt. By combining photography with drawing, scratching the negative, and incorporating text and photograms, she infuses her images with tension and mystery. Golemboski has been the recipient of numerous grants including individual artist fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Light Work. Images from her Psychometry series have been published in notable photographic journals and magazines such as LensWork, Contact Sheet, and AfterImage. She is represented by several galleries nationwide including the Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver, the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, the Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, and Addison Arts in Santa Fe.
 
Psychometry is a series of black and white photographs exploring issues relating to anxiety, loss, and existential doubt. The term refers to the pseudo-science of "object reading," the purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through physical contact. Like amateur psychometrists, viewers are invited to interpret arrangements of tarnished and weathered objects, relying on the talismanic powers inherent in the vestiges of human presence. These images suggest a world in which ordinary belongings transcend their material nature to evoke the elusive presence of the past.
 
The objects I photograph, discovered in flea markets, auctions, estate sales, and antique shops, have their own unknowable histories. They range from ordinary items, such as doll houses, bird cages, and Christmas ornaments, to symbolically charged objects that relate to the human figure, such as dress forms, leg braces, and wigs. Once photographed, they form a visual language that hints at the lives that once surrounded them. Ironically, these metaphorical arrangements only reinforce the idea that the secrets of the past are forever lost.
 
Through an examination of fortune-telling and clairvoyance, many of the images confront the desperate human desire to know the unknowable, historically referencing the Victorian interest in spiritualism as well as the look of the nineteenth century photographic image. Illegible text and arcane symbols in pictures with themes like palm reading, tea leaf reading, and numerology force the viewer to consider man's insatiable need to anticipate his own fate.
 
The concept behind each picture dictates its darkroom manipulation, sometimes requiring research and revisions that last weeks or months. Combining photography with drawing, seamlessly incorporating photograms, integrating appropriated text, and scratching the emulsion of the negative create images where horror, history, and psychology occupy the same imaginative locale.
 
The success of these images relies upon the viewer's expectation of truth in the photograph, expanding upon age-old darkroom "trickery" to suspend belief between fact and fiction. The romantic ideas suggested by these photographs are enhanced by the nostalgia that accompanies historic photographic imagery, the process of traditional printmaking, and the magic of the darkroom.

 
Pervading the work is a sense of melancholy for the past, and a mounting dread that comes with the realization that our own stories will suffer the same fate. These images are designed to create a tension between beauty and decay that expresses anxiety over the passage of time, the inevitability of death, and a fascination with the unknown.
 
[Courtesy of Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books, September 2007]
 
Education
 
1999 M.F.A., Photography, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1996 M.A., Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
1993 B.A., Art/Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
 
One and Two-Person Exhibitions
 
2007 Milwaukee Institute of Art, Milwaukee, WI
2006 Object Lesson, John R. Grady Gallery of Photographic Art, Elgin, IL
2005 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Psychometry, Hatfield Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO
2004 (Extra) Ordinary, Addison/Parks Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Eschatology, O’Sullivan Arts Center, Regis University, Denver, CO
2004 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2004 Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
2003 Afterlight, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO
2003 Psychometry, The Clement Gallery, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
2003 A Fleeting Presence: The Psychometry Series by Photographer Carol Golemboski, Fenimore
2003 Art Museum, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY
2002 Pentimenti, Ironton Studios and Gallery, Denver, CO
2002 Psychometry, Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
2002 Recent Work, Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 Relics/Recollections, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
2001 Psychometry, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2000 Transference, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA
1999 Psychometry, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1999 Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
1999 Photography Gallery, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
1998 Unsettled Presence, SRO Gallery, Art Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
1996 Out of the Broom Closet, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Selected Group Exhibitions
 
2007 Colorado Masters, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
2007 5ive, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
2007 Fantasy and Fantasies, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2007 Give Us Your Best Shot, Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Fellowship Exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 5ive, Carrerra Gallery, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
2006 Summer Group Exhibition, Addison Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Transformation: Photography of the 21st Century, Center for Living Arts, Space 301, Mobile, AL
2006 Plus One, Workspace Gallery, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
2006 Common Collective, Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado at Denver, CO
2005 VI Biennal Interncional de Fotografia, XLV Medaala Gaudi, Reus, Spain
2005 Summer Group Exhibition, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Photo Arts Santa Fe—Group Exhibition, Addison Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Photo Four, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
2005 Unseen Worlds, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Arts and Craft, Portland, OR
2005 Think Small3, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2005 Built: Constructed Realities, Flash Gallery, Denver, CO
2005 TPI Reunion Exhibition, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
2004 Concerning the Spiritual in Photography, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
2004 3 Beyond the Camera, In Camera Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Introducing…, Addison/Parks Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Photo-Op, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 Eclectic Visions, Parkland College, Champaign, IL
2004 The Educated Eye, SPE Invitational Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 Make Believe, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2004 American Vision, Elmira College, Elmira, NY
2004 Oeuvre, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
2003 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
2003 In Camera Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Ironton Studios and Gallery, Denver, CO
2003 Think Small 2, Artspace, Richmond, VA
2003 Photography Invitational, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State, Lake Charles, LA
2002 Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002 William Marten Gallery, Rochester, NY
2002 Open and Closed, Department of Art Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2002 Invisible Cities, Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
2001 Upstate Invitational, Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, NY
2001 Legacy, Fayerweather Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2001 2001 Fellowship Exhibition, Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2001 A Priori, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2001 UCD Faculty Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
2000 Annual Light Work Grant Exhibition, Gallery 210, Syracuse, NY
2000 Retro Truth, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
2000 American Photography Institute Exhibition, New York University, NY
2000 The Best of Hampton Roads, Crestar Bank Gallery, Norfolk, VA
1999 A Vision Honored, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
1999 National Graduate Seminar Exhibition, New York University, NY
1999 Magic Silver Show, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
1999 17th Annual Bay Days Juried Art Show, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA
1999 Juried Exhibition 1999, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
1999 Currents, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA
1998 VCU School of the Arts Exchange Exhibition, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
1998 Juried Exhibition 1998, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
1998 New Visions, Main Exposure Gallery, Richmond, VA
1998 Continuum VII Exhibition, Richmond Women’s Caucus for Art, Richmond, VA
1998 February All Media Show, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center, Richmond, VA
1998 The Art of Communication II, Coincidence Gallery, Richmond, VA
1997 VCU School of the Arts Faculty Exhibition, North American Cultural Center, Lima, Peru
1997 Recent Works, Main Exposure Gallery, Richmond, VA
1996 Ephemeral Truths: Concept/Reality, San Marcos Fine Arts Center, San Marcos, TX
1996 The Art Formerly Known as Prints, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1995 New Photography, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1995 Old Work by New Students, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI
1993 Recent Works, Fayerweather Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
 
Fellowships and Grants
 
2007 1st Prize, Project Competition, Center, Santa Fe, NM
2002 Individual Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2002 Individual Artist Fellowship, Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY
2001 James B. Pendleton Faculty Research Grant, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2000 Light Work Grant, Syracuse, NY
2000 National Graduate Seminar Fellowship, New York University, NY
1999 Individual Artist Fellowship, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Richmond, VA
1999 Virginia Museum Professional Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
1999 National Graduate Seminar Fellowship, New York University, NY
1998 Virginia Museum Graduate Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA  
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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