Carol Boram-Hays

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Artist of the Month, June 2015

Work1 Title: Clench Year: 2010 Materials: Cast concrete, reclaimed metal and pigments Dimensions: H 6″ W 5″ D 5″ Work2 Title: Squeeze Year: 2012 Materials: Cast concrete, reclaimed metal and pigments Dimensions: H 15″ W 11″ D 66″ Work3 Title: Vena Cava Year: 2010 Materials: Cast concrete, reclaimed metal and pigments Dimensions: H 78″ W 48″ D 29″ Work4 Title: Tomorrow’s Parties Year: 2010 Materials: reclaimed materials Dimensions: H 132″ W 48″ D 175″ Work5 Title: Innervation Year: 2014 Materials: steel and duct tape Dimensions: H 156″ W 96″ D 192


Many think that we live in a post-industrial age. Though large factories, and brown fields that they create, may be disappearing from the visible landscape in the West; industrialization and the complex human and environmental issues that accompany it are still very much with us. The factories that were once the economic life-blood for many in the West were also sites of industrial accidents and sources of pollution that left many harmed for lifetimes – even generations. Now, with many factories closed, the communities they supported are dying and impoverished. Still, we rely more than ever on industrially produced goods. Though industrial production has moved beyond the eyes of many of the people who consume goods made this way, it continues to exact the same environmental and human costs; and as the cycle of consumption and obsolescence has become increasingly rapid, the cast-offs from this disposable lifestyle is leaving our human resources abused, our environment degraded, and our lives divorced from the natural and real. Exploring our conflicted relationship with industrialized culture I want my work to be like many of products we consume – simultaneously compelling and toxic. I use metal remains cast within concrete forms, and then color their surfaces. The colors are intended to evoke the layers of wear that have accumulated in old factory sites and natural changes that are happening to these now abandoned spaces, while the uncanny forms are intended to suggest the way these places are reanimating. I also work on installations and sculptures made with materials such as steel ductwork, conduit and electrical wiring, that are associated with more contemporary architecture, in order to explore the future legacy of our current lifestyle and its effects on the environment. It is my way of making peace with the post-industrial legacy that I have inherited and trying to reveal the hidden environmental costs that continue to be part of our lifestyle.


Solo Exhibitions
2011     Unpolished, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
2011     Chronic Disquietude,  Ross Arts Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
2010    Perpetual Obsolescence, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
2006    Sculpture by Carol Boram-Hays,  Bowling Green State University
Huron, OH
2002     Industriell Menagerie, Studio 972, Columbus, OH
2001     Sie fallen um, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden, Germany

Site-Specific Installations
2011     Chronic Disquietude, Gallery 2001, Ross Arts Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
2009    Art Al Fresco, Columbus, OH
2009    Here and Beyond, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
2008    What Time is This Place, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
2007    Compass: New Directions, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006    Without Walls ‘ 06, Mac’s Farm and Sculpture Center, Cincinnati, OH

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014     Carol Boram-Hays/Andrew McCauley, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH
2013    Material World, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
2012    Looking Forward, Decorative; Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, OH
2011    Crossroads, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, OH
2011     A Woman’s Work is Never Done, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010     …and sweeps me away,. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010     Tempo, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2009    Notes from Dresden: The Dresden/Saxony Residency Program of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH.
2009    Contemporary Humanism, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009    After the Pedestal, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2008    Structured Incidents,  A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY
2007    Made Out of the Ordinary, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY
2006     Being in Space, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY
2005     15 Years, Gallery Kunsthaus Raskolnikow, Dresden, Germany
2005     3DeLuxe, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2004     Constructions, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY
2001     National Association of Women Artists Exhibition, Gr

Place: Columbus, OH