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Monday, January 31, 2005

Carson Fox

On the recommendation of bloggy I visited Clair Oliver Fine Art's site the other day and was very happily surprised to discover an old friend, Carson Fox.

Okay, more than old friend, I had a HUGE crush on her which she entertained for about three weeks before dumping me while I cut a tray of brownies. We worked together at a Philadelphia restaurant in 1988 or '89 , she was a waitress and I was a busboy, everybody wore rugby shirts. She was way out of my league - super smart, pretty, passionate, driven, fiery. She carried a tiny gun in her purse.

Coincidentally, I moved to Richmond a year and a half ago, and ended up moving into the house Carson grew up in. I'd have never known except that I happened to run into the previous tenant at Lowe's and we started talking - we both used to live in Philly, she had gone to the Academy of Fine Arts - I could have said twenty different Academy names but the one I said was "Carson Fox". It turned out that she and Carson were best friends and she had rented her place from Carson's mom, who had since passed away. Wow! If I had only said a different name we would have never made the connection. Makes you wonder how often that might happen.

Carson keeps surprising me, I still have a crush, and she's still out of my league. Some things never change.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I knew that name sounded familiar. Turns out I mentioned Fox (who I assumed was a "he"), back when I did my little review of the Chelsea art scene last year. Fox's work was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster tour. And I remember thinking how brave it was that a guy would do such feminine work. The post is here. Yet another connection; could this be a sign pointing to your destiny?

-Cinqué

Martin said...

She's married now! Plus, I have a girlfriend.

Anonymous said...

I was also in love Carson Fox. She is a dynamic and beautiful person.

Anonymous said...

i love carson fox so much too. what a coincidence!!!! she is so sexy. wowee. yowza. i agree with everything said here!!!! and that blonde hair and snazzy attitude. woah.

Anonymous said...

I saw her show just before it closed. I loved it. So beautiful but sad. She is a very dynamic person. Totally talented.

Anonymous said...

She is a great teacher. One of my all time favs while I was at NYU.

Anonymous said...

She's okay.

Anonymous said...

really awesome awesome teacher

Anonymous said...

Did you see her show in Richmond at 1708 Gallery? Martin, why haven't you written about it? I would think you would be all over that. It was AWESOME!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did you see her show in Richmond at 1708 Gallery? Martin, why haven't you written about it? I would think you would be all over that. It was AWESOME!!!!!

martin said...

no, i haven't even been yet!!! i have been working almost every day, no time. and i am sick as a dog.

you are motivating me. i'll try to see it asap.

are you in ny? now you have to go and see my show at DUMBO.

Anonymous said...

I still love Carson Fox. Her last show at Claire Oliver (February 2007) was really different, really stunning, and I like the way she keeps changing. There are always relationships between the works, though. She was my teacher at NYU and is one of the only ones I remember.