Nashville, Tennessee
Contemporary Art Gallery

237 Rep. John Lewis Way N. 37219
Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.







Carla Ciuffo | Stasis

April 6 - May 11, 2013

Stasis: the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal forces.

Time, suspended in fractions of seconds, leaves us moments of choice. Postponed moments can produce infinite variables of outcomes and consequences. Ciuffo's series Stasis looks at sympathetic and opposing forces in nature using organic elements, symbolic gestures and the human figure to illustrate moments of choice that are "in between," removing us for a period of inactivity.

A pervading symbol throughout the series is a leaf shaped tree photographed at Cheekwood Botanical Garden.  A fluid icon, it shifts from grounding to fluctuating, with stabilizing roots or set adrift in space. Human figures are ambiguous, creating a safe distance of anonymity as well as representing human elements we can attach and identify with. To emphasize a feeling of exposed dimension Ciuffo positions images within significant negative space forming tableaux that resist confinement as time stands still.

A self taught photographer, Ciuffo captures snippets of life and remanufactures them using texture and light as a vehicle for personal reflection. Quality of light, both natural and constructed with layers of texture, provides luminosity within alternate dimensions that expand the boundaries of her photographic world. Transplanted from New York, via Arizona, to Nashville Tennessee, Ciuffo has produced a body of work that calls upon Arizona and Tennessee light sources, New York grit, and a variety of surfaces and grains.

Ciuffo's work can be found in private collections in Nashville: Emmylou Harris, Nina Miller (portrait of Buddy Miller) and collections in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, France.