teaching

2 years ago when i was teaching the free art classes for kids 8-12 @bklynlibraryI have always loved teaching this age group because they are dexterous and developed enough to understand complex ideas but not old enough to have already decided art isn’t cool or not for them... It was from my experiences teaching at the public libraries and programs like the boys and girls club that inspired me to begin our own free art classes for kids @carrieablegallery

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new poem

It was within the cage of my own body...

I taught my mind it was free...

Steps I may not walk...

But miles I run ...

Preparing for flight...

Through the prison of physical weakness...

My strengths were born...

And I fly without ever leaving the ground...

~Carrie Able

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Ive been thinking about other ways to cross pollinate artistic genres... as virtual reality painting does it so well...pretty excited about the progress so far on oil painting this guitar case...

Ive been thinking about other ways to cross pollinate artistic genres... as virtual reality painting does it so well...pretty excited about the progress so far on oil painting this guitar case...

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the start of something new...

the start of something new...

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self portrait with roy

This is the first Oil painting I completed after the death of my father.I was a senior in college and had just gotten kicked out of Duke Universities Visual Art Major "distinction program" for painting too realistically.Painting at the time was not at all popular let alone realistic painting. The full title of the series is "The Triumph of Realism Over Abstraction" as it references abstract works being triumphed by an intruding figure.It is one of only a few self portraits I have done.It is quite a large painting and the face is about two times life size. I don’t prefer work that heavily references another, however in this case it was necessary to convey how I felt.

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forever in wait

Should the wind...

Call you to sea...

I have faith you...

Will be back to me...

Wandering calls...

For you to make...

If your happiness...

Is at stake...

And should that...

Breeze take you...

For longer days...

My love will be...

Forever in wait...


~Carrie Able

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Facebook VR

I enjoyed meeting some of the Facebook Virtual Reality team last night at my artist residency @jumpintothelightnow . Happy that you loved my VR painting @lisakotecki @caitlinramrakha

Safe travels back to California!

📸 Mehow

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prince

A prince came...

Embarking on a field...

He came seeking...

Internal regard...

For his whole life...

Based on measurements..

Of external success...

He spoke to the clouds...

He spoke to the moon...

He listened to the sea...

Lady wisdom...

Called through the breeze;

Be it rich or poor....

Your value comes from within...

Your riches...

Hold value...

When mending the struggles..

Of universal kin.


~Carrie Able

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art exists

I do not believe in the notion of the tortured artist. I do however see greatness in artists who have a physical need to create on a daily basis almost as if they were taking medication. They are creating for themselves as a comfort, but in the purity of that action the product becomes a comfort for others.

Art exists to provoke imagination and to show a reality that could be but is not readily viewable to our human eyes

Art exist to connect us with emotions that we may not otherwise find tangible.

I believe that the strongest art is polarizing, provoking either great love or great hatred.

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i saw clouds lifting

today when i left my follow up appointment with my surgeon,I saw the clouds lifting and the light go from red to green as i pondered my good news.. my ultrasound that showed severe in february is showing mild now. so i wont have to have any additional tests or surgeries. my eyes lubricated themselves with emotion as i ate a New York slice, a weight had just been lifted that I didn’t even know i was carrying

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The day I moved to NYC I met Chuck Close

The day I moved to NYC I met Chuck Close who is a remarkable human being and artist. He sufferers from Heprosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness, he jokes that is why he is so nice to everyone. His propensity to paint and study faces is driven by his disability. He recognizes his students by their paintings and not their faces. He lost his father at a young age and says that was good preparation for later in life when he became disabled because he knew that even after suffering a tragic loss he would find happiness again. I shared with him an image of a painting of mine and told him I could empathize as I too lost my dad at a young age and suffered from physical illness. He assured me physical constraints as well as self made constraints are always good for your art, and I replied "Good because I just signed a lease on less than 200 square feet!" (image: Carrie Able “Blue”, oil on linen, 2007)

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Frida

I always wanted to play an instrument as a child but I was incapable due to undergoing three major surgeries between ages 8 and 11. I was often absent and constantly doing make up assignments. This all happening pre internet in a very small town. My mantra became "Art is my light in solitude and my friend in darkness". After the last successful surgery I grew 7 inches within a year but have always remained aware of my own mortality and the fragility of life. I have come to view these weaknesses of body as the buds of my strength. As we witness with historically significant artists Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol pain and solitude as a young child is an intense breeding ground for a unique world view. There is something about the reality of death as a child that clears the otherwise foggy lens of adolescence.

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enough

Wishing this poem I wrote for my 2016 book “painted poetry” did not continue to be so relevant....



America

     you want to be

     United

     we fight and tear and bleed

     we are free

     we are not united

     we are not safe


America

    you want to be

    Respected

    we fight and tear and bleed

    you take care of your guns

    you take care of your powerful

    but not the womb which

    produced

    effervescent greatness

    but not the children who

    would have reached

    greatness


America


     We want to be free

     United


~Carrie Able

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new VR work in progress

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the artist song

written and performed by @carrieableart

...

...


A shadow falls...

On a sunny day...

In the month of...

The spring’s May...

A sadness calls...

Unprovoked...

Within...

Calling upon Art...

To depend...

For even in the Shadows of Spring...

You will hear...

The Artist’s Song...

Sing.

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