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Fitzhugh Karol

Corrugation: Correlation, 2023

Painted Cardboard

I initially form much of my larger work on a small scale by cutting cardstock and cardboard using hole punches and a knife, then assembling planes together with slotted construction. I then make tabletop-sized wood or metal works before creating them at a large scale in steel. These pieces were made to celebrate that process and extend it one step further – by creating large-scale sculptures out of cardboard as a finished work. The steel version of this piece, Recess: Reads, is currently installed at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The other two pieces are installed near the Hudson River in West Park, New York. 

Artist Bio 

Fitzhugh Karol is a sculptor best known for his large-scale public artworks in steel and wood, as well as ceramics. His forms are based on the silhouettes of actual and imagined landscapes, using slopes, steps and portals to create playful new landscapes with stories embedded within them. Born in New Hampshire in 1982, he is a graduate of Skidmore College, received his MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and was apprentice to ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu. Karol has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Tang Teaching Museum, The LongHouse Reserve, New York City’s Prospect Park and Tappen Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Bartow-Pell Museum and Sculpture by the Sea Australia. He was a winner of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Public Art Program as well as the Uniqlo NYC Park Expressions Grant, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency, The Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship Residency, and the Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Karol lives in New York.