By Rebecca Allen
Yerin Kim: San Francisco, CA
Yerin Kim is a Korean born artist from San Francisco, CA. Her work explores the relationships between human beings and how social hierarchies develop within societies. She is a mixed media artist and works with a variety of different materials that require human interaction and/or involve the senses. While working here at Salem Art Works she has begun a project that is a reflection of her experience as a part of the community. She is currently installing a walk way made up of ceramic stepping-stones made by the community members of SAW. The pathway itself is designed in the shape of path is the Chinese writing symbol for human,. The Path is a metaphor for the artist’s experience as an individual within a community.
Zach Dietl: Rochester, NY
Zach has just received his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and is an artist based in Rochester, NY. Zach works with a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. His work explores how he relates to the world around him and vice versa by creating open-ended works of art with multiple possibilities. Here at Salem Art Works he has been working with wood and rope to create sculptures that investigate the idea of possibility and chance.
Justin Mastrangelo: Oswego, NY
Justin is an artist and art educator in Oswego, NY and primarily works as a designer and print maker. His medium of choice is screen-printing and he enjoys the technical aspects of his work. His works are made up of geometric shapes and patterns that explore the ways in which images are broken down using pixels or even the deterioration of the silkscreen. Since arriving at Salem Art Works Justin has been able to explore his creative process more thoroughly and also been involved in creating merchandise for different events at SAW.
Roshawn Hill is a mixed media artist from North Carolina who works mainly with ceramics. Roshawn’s work explores religious themes while also experimenting with color and mark making. While working at Salem Art Works, Roshawn has been experimenting with iron casting as well as working with the Anagama kiln.
Peter is from Oswego, NY and creates films using puppets and stop motion animation. His work explores different aspects of the human condition by creating characters and different narratives within his films. He has been working with Ewelina and her paintings to create collaborative films while here at SAW.
Emma is an artist from Boston, MA and works with cast iron and body casting. Her work explores form and the human body as well as psychology. While at Salem she has been making work using found metal objects and been fabricating pieces that speak to each other through points of connection. She has also experimented with stone carving and worked with the Anagama kiln.
Daniel is an artist from New York City; he works with a variety of materials to create pieces heavily focused on design. He is a scuba diver and much of his work tries to capture the way color and light appear underwater. While working at SAW he has been blacksmithing and recently been trying to use glass as a way of trying to create his seascapes.
Lisa is a performance artist from Florida who uses her body to explore ideas about vulnerability and showmanship. Lisa has a deep fascination with freak shows and body mutations and uses her performances as ways of exhibiting the body’s uniqueness. She will be conducting a performance during Music and Pizza on July 11th.
Michelle is an artist from Saratoga, NY and she works with paper as well as cast iron. Michelle creates her own paper as well as books and uses paper as patterns for her cast iron pieces. Michelle has been experimenting with beeswax while at Salem Artworks as well as creating works that explore transparency and light.
Chris is an artist from West Chester, NY that works with ceramics and cast bronze. His work combines found and hand crafted elements to create pieces rich in texture. He is currently working with more cement and fiber elements and creating pieces that explore ideas about gravity and weight while at SAW.
Rebecca Allen: Rebecca is an artist from Rochester, NY who works with cast iron, stone, and recyclables. Her work explores ideas about consumerism and how different societies are affected by plastic waste. During her stay in Salem she has been learning blacksmithing techniques and developing her skills stone carving.
Adrian Landon: Brooklyn, NY
Adrian Landon is a Brooklyn, NY based artist that works in sheet metal forming. His work is focused on the process of cold hammering steel to create human figures as well as horses. He is also interested in the mechanical aspects of metal and how much the world uses metal as a building material. Since his arrival at Salem Art Works he has created his own pneumatic power hammer as well as creating one full size horse sculpture. He is currently working more abstractly to challenge himself and to focus more on his process of manipulating the steel without heat.
Ewelina Bochenska: Brooklyn, NY
Ewelina is a Brooklyn based painter born in Poland who has also spent time living in England, Ireland and Japan. Her process is intuitive and open-ended. For her, painting is like writing a poem, which has to be re-written many times before the final composition can be found. She has been greatly inspired by the different sculptural processes available at Salem Art Works, such as iron casting, glass blowing and ceramics, seeing them as a metaphor for painting. During her residency she created a series of large-scale works as well as casted in iron and collaborated with Peter Yoors Myers on his stop motion animation From Dust.
Alessandra Bettrume: Switzerland
Alessandra is a Swiss artist that creates installations and objects that have political and social themes. While working at SAW she has been continuing her piece “International Coffee” and working on another piece “International”. Her work with international coffee explores the way in which we seek and find answers through different forms of communication. She reads coffee grounds and creates pictures to answer unspoken questions between her and her participants. “International” is another part of her “International Coffee” installation and will function as a seat with different directional points like a compass.
Chris Garcia: Manhattan, NY
Chris is a ceramic artist and high-school teacher based in Manhattan, NYC. He works using the wheel as well as sculpting figurative works by hand. Chris has an interest in history and creates his own representations of historic figures as well as characters from New York City’s Times Square. During his time in Salem he has been working with the town historian and creating 8 sculptures based on odd characters from throughout Salem’s history. Each sculpture will feature a custom made outfit that Chris makes himself.
Gary Joseph Cohens: Manhattan, NY
Gary is a ceramic artist based in Manhattan, NYC. He primarily works with the wheel while also adding hand built elements to his ceramic pieces. His work investigates functionality and the symmetry within ceramic works and is inspired by 15th century Korean and Japanese pottery. He is currently working at Salem Art Works with the Anagama kiln and creating a series of decanters that are thrown then contaminated with hand built elements.
Nick Squadere: Glenns Falls, NY
Nick is a mixed media painter. He creates collages by working on the floor making multiple paintings and also uses found objects and fabrics in his paintings. He then picks different parts sewing them together and then stretches his canvases. He works mainly abstractly and uses a lot of patterns and found materials and also writes poetry.
Paul has spent the past few years at SAW working on creating a robotic machine to make his work. This year he has been experimenting with different forms and making objects which he plans to use for a large wall piece. Paul’s earlier work disassembling toys and putting them back together in interesting ways has influenced the forms he makes. He uses a lot of turbine and wing forms as well as other mechanical forms.
Drew Petrilli: Rochester, NY
Drew is a fiction artist that mainly writes short stories. He has already written one story and plans on writing a longer piece while at SAW. Drew also enjoys working with the other artists here at SAW and is inspired by the art around SAW. He also plans on creating a longer work that connects multiple viewpoints through a single character and will beginning work on that while here at SAW.
Florin Strejac: Romania
Florin Strejac is a Romanian based artist from Transylvania country. He is primarily a stone carver and works with a variety of different stones as well as making 2-dimensional pastel works on paper. His work combines organic shapes with mechanical shapes to show off the technical processes behind his stone carvings. Florin is inspired by graffiti as a human part of the monuments we erect and this dichotomy between human achievement and human nature is a large part of his work. Since working at SAW he has created several marble sculptures using marble from Vermont as well as one large monumental marble sculpture.
Caroline Bugby: Brighton, England
Caroline creates large scale abstract outdoor sculpture. Her most recent piece "Dengue Fever" is installed in North Bennington, Vermont. She is inspired by painters and paints her steel sculptures with bright, vivid colors. The forms Caroline creates are inspired by film and urban-scapes in America as well as fast food. Since working at Salem Artworks Caroline has created multiple steel sculptures and been able to create larger sculptures.
Kelly Cave: Princeton Junction, NJ
While at Salem Artworks Kelly has created large scale sculpture using re-bar and other found materials. She primarily works with metal and fibers. Her work uses symbolism to explore memory and the idea of remnants and what is left behind. While at Salem Artworks she has created a large scale sculpture using steel, fabric, and has recently started experimenting with cast concrete. Kelly's most recent sculpture "Orphans" is now installed in North Bennington, Vermont.
Dane Winkler: Averill Park, NY
Dane Winkler is currently finishing his last year of grad school at the University of Maryland. He creates large scale interactive sculpture using steel, sound, and light. He has also recently been working with video in his installations. His work explores the differences between city and country life by juxtaposing elements from both within his work. While at Salem Artworks Dane has been living in a house he built and brought with him here. He is also continuing work on his piece "Moon Lasso" which is installed at here at SAW.