By Julia Johnson
On July 11th at Salem Art Works we had four exhibitions activating almost all of our buildings and barns on site. In our Cary House Gallery we have “Abstract Assertions” a show of Ewelina Bochenska and Victoria Palermo. Their work is a mix of colorful relationships and form compositions.
Ewelina Bochenska (b. Lodz, Poland) graduated in 2011 from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a B.A. (Hons) in Art Practice. "My painting practice is an incessant search for new color relationships, in order to evoke a mood that touches ones deepest sensibilities. I am fascinated with the materiality of paint, its visceral quality and the ambiguity of my brush mark. When I paint it is important for me to feel how every brush mark creates space, and how I make the space tangible through unearthing various color and form relationships that conjure abstract emotion, and stir the imagination." - Ewelina Bochenska
Victoria Palermo is an artist based in upstate New York. Working in both two- and three-dimensional modes with scale ranging from vest pocket to too-big-to-fit in a pick-up truck, she favors a variety of media—including living plants, rubber, carpet, wood, and colored plexiglass. "Combining materials of colored transparency with various media, I make constructions that may imply studied determination one moment and happy coincidence the next. I depend on the viewer’s involvement to complete the work; walking around the object should lead to an elastic perception about its form and composition." - Victoria Palermo
This exhibition is open until July 27th, 2014.
On the 2nd floor of Barn 1, “Clay Ash Paper Paint” a husband / wife exhibition of Dan Greenfield, who specializes in large anagama fired ceramic work and Anne Richter, who paints abstractly from reality and is influenced from Picasso’s paintings. Installed in the newly renovated former hayloft of Barn 1, the work boldly stands out from the rustic barn beams and walls.
"I make abstract sculptures with clay as the medium. The sculptures are objects that do not seek to represent, imitate or interpret any aspect of the world around us. They are complete, in and of themselves, and their energy, power and beauty can be experienced in a direct, unmediated way, with no extraneous references. The sculptures also reveal my creative and making processes, and the unique transformation of clay when fired for many days in a kiln with wood as the fuel. They tell the story of their creation."- Dan Greenfeld
"I am a painter. My tools are shape, color and line. My imagery evolves from the making process. Some of my paintings begin with drawings I do directly from nature. For example each summer I focus on a plant, once, in a borrowing from Picasso, I chose a cherry tomato plant. How poignant his thirty-some paintings are of the only plant in his wartime studio in Paris, a barely surviving withered tomato plant. Picasso gave me license to explore one plant over and over again. Last year I did drawing after drawing of a lettuce plant going to seed and this year it was the thorny Rugosa rose. The drawings begin with close observation, and then spin off into their own non-reality when they become paintings." - Anne Richter
This exhibition closed on July 12th, 2014
In Barn 2's large exhibition space we have a pop-up show, "This Time Around", filled with an eclectic group of work from our artists in residence. This exhibition showcases the variety of mediums that SAW artists work in. Featuring 17 artists this exhibition showcases a range of aesthetics and crafts. Artists included in the show are Tyler Rhinehart, Shannon Swenson, Harry Orlyk, Walter Dunnington, Julia Johnson, Anthony Cafritz, Adam Sorrano, Caroline Bugby, Molly Dressel, Kara Hall, Miriam Sagan, Michael Bonadio, Chase Winkler, Jenny Hillenbrand, Zac Ward, Jordan Becker and Gary Humphreys.
This exhibition is open until July 20th, 2014.
In Barn 3, “ Growth Under Pressure” is a themed exhibition of artists in residence. The artists were challenged to use materials found around Salem Art Works, with majority of the work consisting of raw cut wood, old beams from our barns and shale dug up from the landscaping work that is under construction on the sculpture park. The work all speaks to one other with a consistent aesthetic.
"GROWTH UNDER PRESSURE is an exhibition rooted in the landscape and geology of Salem. Salem’s natural beauty speaks for itself, something that is evident to anyone who hikes up the hill and gazes out over the peaked and rolling green landscape. Fortunately, this beauty is more accessible than ever because Salem Art Works is constructing a road making the hill drivable for all vehicles, an action that had an unpredicted side effect.
The artists in this exhibition found this construction to be fortunate because it showed them the veins of beauty upon which SAW is built. They discovered inspirational shards of rock in the trenches gauged out by bulldozers. Between shale underfoot and the ever present trees before their eyes, the elements of wood and stone emerged as an opportunity for these artists to come together and find their places in this landscape. "
- Cha Tori Salem, NY 2014
This exhibition is open until July 20th, 2014.
The public is welcome to visit and take tours of all 4 exhibitions and the SAW property. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm or by appointment. Guided tours are available, please schedule of time with the SAW Office. (518)421- 1907, or firstname.lastname@example.org