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"The Mysterion of the Cosmos: Jerry Carter"
2004-04-15 until 2004-05-28
Arcetri Observatory
Florence, , IT Italy

From 15th April to 28th May, the Kansas born artist Jerry Carter will exhibit a selection of his work at the Arcetri Observatory, situated in the hills above Florence. It is the first time that the Observatory has ever agreed to host an exhibition and Carterís constructivist mosaics, will be resplendent on their terrace overlooking the Florentine countryside and Galileoís house.

Jerry Carterís art has a purpose: he addresses spiritual and environmental issues of the 21st century; the role of human life on earth, the role that we play as beings existing in space. Born in 1941, Jerry Carter has always been fascinated by gravity, the atmosphere and how he can combine art and science in the themes of his work through his exploration of various materials, whether mosaic, glass, enamel and stone. He has experimented with the combination of mosaic and fibreglass; the latter used in NASA space projects.

At the Arcetri Observatory, Carter will exhibit three of his relief works along with digital prints. Observer and Pegasus and Green Life Disc, works from 2002, 1998 and 1999, represent, in their combination of metal and glass, the fragility of life and our planet in the cosmos. The three pieces together comprise the "Mysterion of the Cosmos", the objective observation and analysis of the environment in the biosphere, the theory of GAIA and the instrument through which we are able to understand where we are, to whom we own our existence and thus the process of spiritual freedom, as depicted in Pegasus. Carter stated "I hope that my creations will help (humanity) to recognize the necessity for international cooperation and understanding to find solutions to social and ecological problems; the majority of which are created by our own hands".

The terrace of the Observatory, overlooking the Tuscan landscape and Galileoís house is the perfect setting for Carter to project his vision through his art: that the human race must communicate and work together instead of being self destructive, in order to bring about a better world. Naturally, September 11th had a profound effect on Carter, and as a result he produced the peace mosaic, Phoenix of Peace for the town of Lenola in Italy. He was also honoured recently by the town of Ravenna, where the Byzantine mosaics are internationally renowned, to produce a monumental mosaic work, Second Genesis, for the Parco della Pace Indeed Carter has worked with the masters of Murano glass and at the oldest glass factory (littala-Nuutajšrvi) in Finland for more than 25 years in order to perfect his techniques.

Prof. John T. Spike commented recently about Carterís exhibition "I am extremely excited that Jerry will be exhibiting at the Arcetri Observatory because the themes of his exquisite works are fundamental to Man and to the continuation of this planet".

Tax-deductible donations to cover exhibit expenses should be wired or sent to: The Global Art Foundation, account #1110-F09727, The National Heritage Foundation, 6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 405, Falls Church, Va. 22044. Donors will receive quality prints of this historic exhibition and will be acknowledged in print. Donors will sponsor a donation of Carterís art to an important institution in Florence.


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