Art of Anthony Carriere
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"Much of Anthony Carriere's childhood was spent along the Calcasieu River in southwest Louisiana where Cajun French language and culture formed his image of the world. While studying sculpture at LSU (he would ultimately receive an MFA from Tulane), he began to explore performance art, conceptual art, process art, and relational art. By process art Carriere contends that the means justify the end product. Carriere is prolific, his output diary-like. He is in a perpetual dialogue with Self, and his work is the persistent evaluation of the monastic lifestyle of a working artist. A true multimedia artist, Carriere works in sculpture, photography, and painting, his most potent efforts often commingling.

Carriere's approach of combining process with imagery solidifies his intent to enhance daily routine into a conceptual act of thoughtful suggestion, lifestyle, and personal philosophy. Art for Carriere is an event set in motion which the artist watches unfold. The final product contains the full extent of the meaning. Yet as Carriere's system incorporates the complete immersion of his life towards transformative fulfillment and his product, the reflection of an ongoing development, so does it require the observation and reaction of an audience, a personal viewer, to serve as an integral component to the consummate process."
-Adam Falik

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"I packed one suitcase to evacuate for Hurricane Katrina."2005.
by Anthony Carriere

"I packed one suitcase to evacuate for Hurricane Katrina."
2005.

by Anthony Carriere

"Fleur de Lis" ink on paper 14 x 14 inches2012. Private Collection
by Anthony Carriere

"Fleur de Lis"
ink on paper
14 x 14 inches
2012.
Private Collection

by Anthony Carriere

"this repetition" graphite and chalk on antique Kellogg’s screen printed cardboard 14 x 17 inches2005.
by Anthony Carriere

"this repetition"
graphite and chalk on antique Kellogg’s screen printed cardboard
14 x 17 inches
2005.

by Anthony Carriere

"Float - 1995"
Wood, cotton, earth, and latex.
Mississippi River
1995.

by Anthony Carriere

"Boiling Zelda/Womb Envy"
Performance.
Lights, plastic sheeting, wood, steel, cotton, vacuum cleaner, tricycle and P A System
1995.

by Anthony Carriere

"The Residual Occurrence"
Approx. 18 minutes.
Video, plastic sheeting, lights, paint, wood frames, 6 acetate sheets, wood cart on wheels, grease crayons, live “chance” music, and students.
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
April 19, 2006.

Each student performer was given 6 random concepts to be painted on 6 panels throughout a 6 act performance. The concepts were completely abstract or represented emotional responses and the order of the acts and concepts were decided by chance (dice rolls).

theincompletenesstheorem-deacti asked: You're amazingly talented. Where do you find inspiration (if at all) for your work?

I have always been very creative, even making my own toys as a child. Inspiration feels more like addiction, one that society at least attempts to accept. I just realized early on that the ideas, questions, and urges needed to be addressed for my own experience to be real, if that makes any sense. It has just always been there and the urge to make art has never diminished. 

I could go on forever about my philosophy of art and the events in my life that effect my ideas, but that hopefully answers your question.

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"4 Stripes" acrylic, tempera, and spray paint on canvas 48 x 60 inches2012.
by Anthony Carriere

"4 Stripes"
acrylic, tempera, and spray paint on canvas
48 x 60 inches
2012.

by Anthony Carriere

"Ouroboros 2"acrylic, tape, cut drawings, and digital prints collage on panel 24 x 24 inches2011.
by Anthony Carriere

"Ouroboros 2"
acrylic, tape, cut drawings, and digital prints collage on panel
24 x 24 inches
2011.

by Anthony Carriere

"Ouroboros 1"acrylic, tape, cut drawings, and digital prints collage on panel 24 x 24 inches2011.
by Anthony Carriere

"Ouroboros 1"
acrylic, tape, cut drawings, and digital prints collage on panel
24 x 24 inches
2011.

by Anthony Carriere

"Model for the Island Politic (Heterocosm #8, Model A)" Studio view. 36 x 96 x 144 inches. Plaster, chalk, wire, and wood2007.
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The Island Politic is one of 9 heterocosms which make up the Heterocosmic Classification System. Each possesses unique qualities, methods of production, materials, symbols, colors, and philosophies for the creation of works of art.
Unedited Sketchbook Entry:
-The island microcosm-
Represents the political. politics. micropolitics. interaction between individuals represents the most common and least understood form of politics. -this microcosm is represented by an island, exploring the symbolism of the island. man as an island. politics as an island. growth of an island. lifeforms. evolution of island species. (look at the similarities between politics. island remoteness. individual politics. personality traits similar to politics). -if the island exists as an independent self-sustaining entity. independence on this island influenced by the outside world. -define how individuals are equal to micropolitics. how do these relationships mimic politics? lobbyists?-define politicians - politics - how do we politicize interaction with others? how do our relationships symbolize our desires to make changes?
politics (1.characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing) 2.sagacious in promoting a policy. 3.shrewdly tactful.
- the island is an individual - that individual is a political system.
by Anthony Carriere

"Model for the Island Politic (Heterocosm #8, Model A)"
Studio view.
36 x 96 x 144 inches.
Plaster, chalk, wire, and wood
2007.

——————

The Island Politic is one of 9 heterocosms which make up the Heterocosmic Classification System. Each possesses unique qualities, methods of production, materials, symbols, colors, and philosophies for the creation of works of art.

Unedited Sketchbook Entry:

-The island microcosm-

Represents the political. politics. micropolitics. interaction between individuals represents the most common and least understood form of politics.
-this microcosm is represented by an island, exploring the symbolism of the island. man as an island. politics as an island. growth of an island. lifeforms. evolution of island species. (look at the similarities between politics. island remoteness. individual politics. personality traits similar to politics).
-if the island exists as an independent self-sustaining entity. independence on this island influenced by the outside world.
-define how individuals are equal to micropolitics. how do these relationships mimic politics? lobbyists?
-define politicians - politics - how do we politicize interaction with others? how do our relationships symbolize our desires to make changes?

politics (1.characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing) 2.sagacious in promoting a policy. 3.shrewdly tactful.

- the island is an individual - that individual is a political system.

by Anthony Carriere

"The Drawn Assembly, no.1: Enter the Dragon"
The Drawn Assembly is an ongoing social art project by Anthony Carriere where audience participation becomes the collective experiences represented in a physical form.
During the month of July 2011, Carriere maintained regular gallery hours at Sibley Gallery in New Orleans. Groups and individuals were invited to spend time drawing with the artist on the paper-covered floor of the gallery. The drawings were then cut from the floor and used to form a 50 foot paper dragon strung from the ceiling.
Installation View at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans 2011.
by Anthony Carriere

"The Drawn Assembly, no.1: Enter the Dragon"

The Drawn Assembly is an ongoing social art project by Anthony Carriere where audience participation becomes the collective experiences represented in a physical form.

During the month of July 2011, Carriere maintained regular gallery hours at Sibley Gallery in New Orleans. Groups and individuals were invited to spend time drawing with the artist on the paper-covered floor of the gallery. The drawings were then cut from the floor and used to form a 50 foot paper dragon strung from the ceiling.

Installation View at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
2011.

by Anthony Carriere

"See" mixed media on paper 18 x 24 inches2010
by Anthony Carriere
Another collaboration with my children.

"See"
mixed media on paper
18 x 24 inches
2010

by Anthony Carriere

Another collaboration with my children.

"Warp and Woof Series" ink and gesso on paper 18 x 24 inches 2009
by Anthony Carriere

"Warp and Woof Series"
ink and gesso on paper
18 x 24 inches 
2009

by Anthony Carriere

"Warp and Woof Series" ink and gesso on paper 18 x 24 inches 2009
by Anthony Carriere

"Warp and Woof Series"
ink and gesso on paper
18 x 24 inches 
2009

by Anthony Carriere

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