Carole A. Feuerman: The Golden Mean


September 29, 2013 – February 14, 2014

Carole Feuerman: The Golden Mean is a new collection of work from the world-renowned hyperrealist sculptor, and includes life-size and monumental bronze figures.


The centerpiece of Feuerman’s solo exhibition is a towering 16-foot male diver moments before doing a  back dive. Feuerman’s main focus for this piece was the diver’s arched body and the sensuous c-shape it creates. Two years in the making, and more than 8,000 hours of labor, The Golden Mean is part of a series of swimmers and bathers that Feuerman began working on in the late ‘70s. The work is an icon for  achieving the impossible, for the struggle of survival and strength and resilience of the human spirit. This  piece is a testament to Feuerman’s ambitious vision by successfully engineering a two-ton sculpture to  stand upside down on 6-inch wrists. The Golden Mean debuted in the fall of 2012 on the riverfront in  Peekskill, NY as part of an installation for the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. 

Further depicting a desire for balance and harmony, Feuerman’s monumental painted bronze work,  Quan, features a larger-than-life female figure resting peacefully atop a stainless steel ball. The title of  this work is derived from the Chinese name for the ‘goddess of compassion.’ In Buddhist imagery, the  goddess is depicted looking down, symbolizing her watching over the world. In Feuerman’s sculpture,  the figure is gracefully poised atop the sphere (a metaphor for the world), which is polished to a mirror finish, allowing viewers to reflect and connect to the work on a personal level.


Press Release

Crystal Gwyn, Kendall Tichner


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