Saturday, June 22 – Thursday, October 31, 10 am – 5 pm daily
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Since 1978, over five hundred artists have been featured in this annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is the guest juror of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013, which will be on view from Saturday, June 22 to Thursday, October 31. The 35th anniversary celebration and benefit reception will be Saturday, June 22, 5-8 pm. CSC 2013 features the work of twenty-six artists, including Brian Auwarter, Peter Barrett, Sharon Bates, Rick & Laura Brown, Maud Bryt, David Colbert, Victoria Duffee, Catherine Evans, Adam Frelin, Kathy Greenwood, Lucy Hodgson, Jilaine Jones, Elizabeth Knowles & William Thielen, Sarah Langsam, Iain Machell, Geoff Nelson, Victoria Palermo, Tim Prentice, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Edwin Salmon, Stacy Latt Savage, Leon Smith, John Van Alstine, and Jonathan Waters. For more information, please see below, visit Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579 x25216.
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Exhibiting Artists’ Bios and Sculpture Information:
Brian Auwarter is an artist based in Greenfield Center, NY. He first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 1983, and proceeded to exhibit at the site in 1990, 1995, 2002, and 2009. Selected exhibitions include: “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” Hyde Museum, Glen Falls, NY, Albany Institute of History and Art and University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, Albany, NY, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY (exhibited ten times from 1981 to 2011); “Winter Solstice,” Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Council on the Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY (2001); “Mechanics of Fine Art – Auwarter, Masters, Warner Exhibit,” Saratoga Springs, NY (2000); “Mohawk-Hudson Invitational at Center Galleries,” Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY (1999); “Mohawk-Retro,” Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY (1998); and “Go Fly Art Exhibit,” Rice Gallery, Albany, NY (1995). He was most recently awarded the Chesterwood Advisory Council Award in 2009.
Cylinder Stack, 2012: (Hardware Cloth Screen) Originally stacked horizontally, the sixteen welded heavy screen cylinders will be restacked vertically through equal time and space, with sets of four cylinders removed and suspended vertically at different times over the span of the exhibition.
Atmosphere Column, 2013: (Welded Heavy Steel Screen, Powdercoat Paint) The artist is greatly influenced by the direction of perception and by different and varying conditions of natural light— interests that are distinct and noticeable in his body of work.
Peter Barrett is an artist based in Great Barrington, MA. He first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 1998, and has since been featured in the exhibition in 2001 and 2007. Selected exhibitions include: “Sculpture Now,” Lenox, MA (2012); “Sculpture on Main Street,” Stockbridge, MA (2010, 2007); “Sculpture on Main Street,” Lenox, MA (2008); “Lauren Clark Fine Art,” Housatonic, MA (2010, 2009); The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA (2004, 2005, 2008), where he was awarded Best in Show, Honorable Mention in siting, and Honorable Mention in fabrication in 2008, and the People’s Choice Award in 2004 and 2005; and a solo exhibition at the Anthony Nordoff Gallery in Great Barrington, MA (1999). Barrett is an advisory board member and active volunteer at Sculpture Now, as well as a member of the Artist Blacksmiths’ Association of North America.
A Couple, 2012: (Welded Steel) Barrett’s materials can often drive his process. Here, two I-beams have been brought to life to create a couple that could be composed of any two beings.
Sharon Bates is an artist based in Troy, NY. She first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2007, and acted as guest curator in 2006. Selected exhibitions include: “Under the Big Top: The Fine Art of the Circus in America,” Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT (2011); “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” University Art Museum, Albany, NY (2009); “Focus on Five,” Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY (2008); “Delicate Balance,” a site-specific installation at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2007); and “True North,” MIA Gallery, Miami International Airport (2005). Selected awards and grants include: Purchase Award, “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” Albany Institute of Art and History, Albany, NY (2006, 2005); and the Juror’s Award, “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” University Art Museum, Albany, NY (2003). Her work has been reviewed in several publications, including the Times Union, The Daily Gazette, and Metroland. Bates completed her education at Monroe Community College, Santa Monica Community College, and most recently at Empire State College in 2009-2010.
Practice, 2013: (Mixed Media) The iconic image of the printed target is a functional object in that it is used in the training of marksmen, but it can also gain purpose as a more abstract objective or goal. The bold concentric circles resonate with visual energy and a variety of metaphorical associations, eliciting social, political, and environmental concerns.
Rick Brown, exhibiting with his partner Laura Brown, is an artist based in Norwell, MA. He exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture in Chesterwood” in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2008, he won the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, he was the winner of the Berkshire Living Viewer’s Choice Award. Selected exhibitions include: “Butterfly Effect,” Duxbury Arts Complex, Duxbury, MA (2012); “International Sculptor Symposium,” Museum of Tatabanya, Tatabanya, Hungary (2010); “Artinplace Exhibition,” Charlottesville, VA (2010-2012); “Visible Republic Grant Exhibition,” Boston Center for Architecture, Boston, MA (2002); and various environmental installations from Mali, Africa, to ancient sites in England and Scotland (six times from 1989 to 1994). Most recently, he received the “Award for Distinction in Art” and the “Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award” from Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in 2011 and 2010, and “The Fulbright Scholars Research Grant to Poland” in 2007. Brown earned a BFA from the University of Georgia in 1973, a MFA from Washington University in 1975, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1987.
Laura Brown, exhibiting with her partner Rick Brown, is an artist based in Norwell, MA. Selected exhibitions include: “International Sculptor Symposium,” Museum of Tatabanya, Tatabanya, Hungary (2010); “Artinplace Exhibition,” Charlottesville, VA (2010-2012); North River Arts, Marshfield, MA (2008); “Born of the Mouth,” Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, NY (2001); her work is featured in the Carelicum Museum, Joensuu, Finland (2000); and environmental installations that can be found from Mali in West Africa to Deer Isle in ME (1993-1994). Brown has also developed and led various travel programs around the world, and she conducted research, travel, and documentation in Mexico (including Ancient Maya sites) in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997. Most recently, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2010), the Fulbright Senior Specialist, the Visible Republic Planning Grant, the Helen Blair Crosby Sculpture Award, and the Dondis A. Dondis Travel Fellowship. Brown earned a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 1993, and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995.
The Housatonic, 2013: (Wood, Trees) Two artists’ response to the timeless character and eternal cycles of nature and life, this work is inspired by the Chesterwood site itself, the Housatonic River, and a walk that Charles Ives, composer and a contemporary of Daniel Chester French, took with his wife in June of 1908, in which he writes of the New England scenery that envelops him as “something that one would always remember.”
Maud Bryt is an artist based in New York, NY. Selected exhibitions include: “OTIS: New Paintings and Prints by Maud Bryt,” Sanford Smith Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA (2010); “Back Again to Nantucket,” Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA (2009, 2008), and “Memory: Nantucket,” Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA (2007). She has paintings and prints on view at Sanford Smith Fine Art in Great Barrington, MA, as well as paintings at Artful Sol Gallery in Vail, CO. Bryt graduated from Harvard College, and is currently studying sculpture at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture (MFA, 2014).
Eve, 2013: (Bronze) Bryt works directly with plaster, making figures that, as she describes, straddle the worlds of representation and abstraction. This larger than life figure expresses what the artist feels to be “an unwieldiness and coming into being that is central to the human condition.”
David Colbert is an artist based in Cornwall Bridge, CT. He first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2003. Selected exhibitions include: solo exhibitions at New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT (2011, 2008, 2005); “30th Anniversary Exhibition,” Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT (2012); “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism,” Hartford, CT (2008); Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT (2006); City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT (2005); and The Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT (2001). He was awarded the Engineering Software Grant by SolidWorks Corporation in 2006, the Artist Fellowship (Digital Art) by the state of Connecticut in 2003, and the Artist Grant by the Martha Boschen Porter Fund in 1989. Colbert has received commissions from the state of Florida (2012), the state of Ohio (2011), Sabre Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas (2002), the city of New Haven (2000), and the state of Connecticut (1999, 1991). He earned his BA in Architectural Studies from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT (1979).
Nydiver, 2011: (Stainless Steel) Comprised of the 5 Platonic Solids, Nydiver evokes geometric outcroppings. An alternative reading could see them as the remnants from an ancient civilization that viewed mathematics with reverence.
Victoria Duffee is an artist based in New York, NY. Selected exhibitions include: “Zine Semine,” Rats 9 Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada (2013); “Blow Out,” Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2013); “The Meal 2013,” Arthouse Coop, Brooklyn, NY (2013); “Open House,” Salon 151, Brooklyn, NY; “100 NYC Artists – Small Works,” Pop Up Art Shop, Barranquilla, Colombia (2013); “Collaborations,” Trestle Gallery, New York, NY (2013); “Don’t be a Ham,” Family Business Gallery, New York, NY (2012); “Down to the Sunless Sea,” Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2012); “Spaghetti Suicide: The Funeral,” Y Gallery, NY (2011); and “Anything Zine Festival,” Anything, New York, NY (2010). In 2007, Duffee was awarded Honorable Mention at the “Foundation Sculpture Show” in New York, NY. She earned her BFA in Fine Art in 2010 from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.
Tomb, 2013: (Cinder Blocks, Plants) Inspired by prison and high school construction materials as well as gardening techniques, this piece juxtaposes the dueling forces of natural order and manmade order. Viewers can note the passage of time not only on the changing patterns of shadows inside the cell, but on the flower clock planted on top of the cell as well. This device was used by early American settlers and English gardeners in order to tell time with organic materials— with the sweep of color of the flowers signaling the time of day.
Catherine Evans is an artist based in Maynard, MA. Her work has been reviewed in several publications, including ArtScope Magazine, Connecticut Post, Community Newspaper Inc., Studio Visit Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Selected exhibitions include: “Abstractions: New Modernism” (invitational), Anne Street Gallery, Newburg, NY (2013); “Occupying the Present/HarborARTS 2013” (invitational), Boston Shipyard, Boston, MA (2013); “Exposed 2013,” Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT (2013); “Copious” (solo invitational), NK Gallery, Boston, MA (2012); “Art Everywhere Waiting,” Regis College, Weston, MA (2011, 2012); “Art Walk, Old Frog Pond Farm” (invitational), Harvard, MA (2012); “Adimando, Evans and Kendrick,” Krause Galley, Moses Brown School, Providence, RI (2012); “New England Perceived, Member’s Summer Show,” Copley Society of Art (2012); “In-Between,” Inaugural Regional Show, Worcester State College, Worcester, MA (2010); and “Blue,” Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA (2009/2010). Evans has also been featured at ArtSpace in Maynard, MA, among other sites, and most recently “Thistle” was installed at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA, at the Provincetown Green Festival in MA, at Art in the Park in Worcester, MA, on an ancient elm planted by Thoreau in Concord, MA, and at “Exposed 2013” in Stowe, VT. She earned her BA with honors from the University of Rhode Island in 1982.
Thistle, 2013: (Fluorescent Fiber) Based on a project first exhibited in Historic Elm Park in Worcester, MA (2011), Thistle celebrated and honored the tree as “victor of the blight,” having successfully survived the long Horned Beetle infestation that forced the removal of 28,000 trees in Worcester that year. The visibility of the bright pink fluorescent fiber, as well as the form, gave each tree a celebratory nature. The project has further grown as the artist has witnessed the emotional reaction that people have with trees.
Adam Frelin is an artist based in Troy, NY. He is currently an associate professor at SUNY University at Albany in Albany, NY. Selected exhibitions include: “Uncommon Denominator,” Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (2012); “Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art,” Yekaterinburg, Russia (2012); “DIVINER,” a solo exhibition at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (2009); “B-Flat” (collaboration with Shun-Ichi Ogawa), exhibition at Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan (2005); and “Taste 0-20,” Praterstrasse Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2003). Frelin has received commissions from LaFarge Cement Plant in Ravena, NY (2012), International House of Japan in Tokyo, Japan (2007), Henry Lay Sculpture Park in Louisiana, MO (2003), and Sushi Art and Performance Space in San Diego, CA (2001). His most recent awards and grants include the Individual Development Award from United University Professions in 2011, and the Distribution Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in 2010. Frelin earned his BFA in Studio Art from Indiana University in 1997, and his MFA in Studio Art from the University of California San Diego in 2001.
Narration (Amy Hempel, Tumble Home), 2013: (Printed Performance Stills, Wooden Billboards) Frelin’s weatherproof, double-sided billboard intermixes the documentation of a prior event with the reality of the landscape that surrounded that event in its present form. The performance, left to linger as captured on the billboard, features four people moving in unison to create the appearance of what the artist describes as “the visual literary equivalent to a fleeting moment,” in this case a quotation from Amy Hempel’s Tumble Home.
Kathy Greenwood is an artist based in Glenmont, NY. She was the winner of the Times Union Award at “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” in 2006, and was also awarded the Juror’s Award at “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” in 2005. Selected exhibitions include: “Karene Faul Alumni Exhibition,” Esther Massry Gallery, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (2011); “2010 Mohawk-Hudson Regional,” The Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY (2010); “The Lake George Arts Project,” Lake George, NY (2009); “ExtraOrdinary,” a solo exhibition at Dusk, Troy, NY (2008); “Slide Jam,” The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, and the Spectrum Theater, Albany, NY (2006); “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” University Art Museum, University at Albany, and Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY (2006, 2005); and “The Fence Show,” The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY (2002, 2003, 2005). Greenwood earned her BS in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose in 1992, and her MFA in Textiles from the University of Michigan in 1994.
Hex, 2013: (Plywood, Acrylic Paint) Influenced by textile traditions of construction and pattern, this piece draws upon late 19th/early 20th century stone-sculptors’ tools, like those that Daniel Chester French would have used, and the ornamentation of barns that originated in the folk art traditions of the German immigrants to southeastern Pennsylvania 300 years ago. The arrangement of objects into curious, new relationships is central to the artist’s work, as is an interest in the convergence of traditional still-life painting and folk-art genres.
Lucy Hodgson is an artist based in New York, NY. She exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2000, 2006, and 2009. Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including Sculpture, The Maine Times, Art Korea, and The New York Post. Hodgson has completed residencies in South Korea (1997, 2005), Hungary (1998), and throughout the New England region. In 2003, she was awarded a grant from the Netherlands America Foundation for an installation at the Museum Schokland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Netherlands. Selected exhibitions include: “Sucking It Up and Blowing It Out, The Consequences of Greed,” a solo exhibition at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY (2012); “Unnatural Disasters,” a solo exhibition at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY; “Se-lec-tion,” SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY (2013); “Home,” Sculptors Guild Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NY (2011); and “Do These Become You?,” a solo exhibition at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY (2009). She has also received commissions from the Danley-O’Gorman Collection, the South County Center for the Arts in Kingstown, RI, and !Zest! Prinsenstraat in Amsterdam, NL. Hodgson completed her education at Oberlin College and New York University, where she earned a BA and an MA in Anthropology, respectively.
All Fall Down, 2009: (Wood, Shingles) This work is representative of what the artist describes as a “voracious wave,” an uncontrollable body of water that is open-mouthed and ready to consume and inundate anything that comes across its path.
Pipe Lines and Power Stations, 2013: (Welded Steel Pipe, Concrete, Wire Mesh) Influenced by man’s destruction of the natural environment, this piece draws upon the controversy over Hydrofractile drilling, which affects and has the potential to threaten many facets of life on Earth. Each unit, consisting of steel pipes welded into angular forms, could be interpreted as what the artist thinks of as “pumping stations, traps, or prisons.”
Jilaine Jones is an artist based in New Haven, CT. She first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2011. Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Observer, The New York Times, and Ajuntament de Barcelona. Selected exhibitions include: “The 2013 deCordova Biennial,” an exhibit that will be on view from October 9, 2013 – April 13, 2014 at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2013-14); “Intersections,” Sculptors Guild, Governors Island, NY (2011); a solo exhibition at New York Studio School, NY (2008); “Recent Modernist Sculpture,” Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2005); “The Continuous Mark, Four Decades,” New York Studio School, NY (2005); a solo exhibition at Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (2001); and “Art Triangle Barcelona,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (1987). Jones has received numerous awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2012, and the Fellowship Recipient for Sculpture by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 1997. In 1987, she was selected by Sir Anthony Caro as an international participant in the Triangle Artist’s Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain. Jones completed her education at the New York State College of Ceramics (1978-79), the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA (1979-83), and the New York Studio School (1997-99).
A Walk Without Words, 2012: (Steel) This work delves into the structure of movement through space and its psychological parallels with immediate experience and memory. Through sculptural language it composes an empathetic narrative across an elongated, interactive zone.
Elizabeth Knowles, exhibiting in collaboration with William Thielen, is an artist based in New York, NY. She first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2010. Her work has been reviewed in several publications, including Sculpture, Arts Observer, The New York Times, and Miami Herald. Selected exhibitions include: “COLLIDEScope: The Birth, Metamorphosis and Evolution of the Abstract Actual,” Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2013); “Fashion and Sculpture,” Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (2012); “Paintings,” a solo exhibition at Moi Meme, New York, NY (2010); “Self-Contained,” Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden (2008); “A Sequence of Steps,” a solo exhibition at Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY (2007); and “Installation/Works on Paper,” a solo exhibition at Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY (2006). Knowles has also received numerous awards and honors, including the Puffin Foundation Grant (Teaneck, NJ), the E.D. Foundation Grant (Kearny, NJ), the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant (Brooklyn, NY), and the Alex Demond Fund Award from the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her BF cum laude from Pomona College and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
William Thielen, exhibiting in collaboration with Elizabeth Knowles, is an artist based in New York, NY. His work has been reviewed in several publications, including New Art Examiner, Artnet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Atlanta Constitutional Journal. Selected exhibitions include: his most recent installation “Wonderland” at Paris Gibson Art Museum, Great Falls, MT; “PINK,” a site-specific installation at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO (2009); as well as solo exhibitions at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (2009); Murray State University, Murray, KY (2008); and Tennessee Technological University, Cookville, TN (2006). In 2002, his work was included in “500 Works on Paper 1922-2002” at Gary Snyder Fine Art in New York, NY. Thielen has also received numerous awards and grants, including an NEA Fellowship Grant in 1982, and the John A. Logan College & Southern Illinois Cultural Alliance Art Development Grant in 1997. He earned his BS cum laude from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1977, and his MFA from Southern Illinois University in 1980.
Locating, 2013: (Flags) This work is both a celebration of and a response to Chesterwood’s natural environment, as the outdoor marking flags move with the land, collaborating in both size and shape, in what the artists describe as an “undulating rhythm mirroring the organic tempo of the landscape.” The groupings of flags, weaving in, out, and around trees and other plants, make nature’s patterns more clear to the naked eye and create an endless possibility of color, form, and fusion.
Sarah Langsam is an artist based in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area. Selected exhibitions include: “Vfix II Aerious: 2nd Annual Celebration of Female Artists,” Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE (2013); “Past and Present,” Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford, PA (2013); “Not Yet Famous Artist Revealed,” NWAA Juried Exhibition, Wilmington, DE (2012); “Art in the Garden,” Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, University of Delaware Botanical Gardens, Newark, DE (2012); and “Not Yet Famous Artist Revealed,” NWAA Juried Exhibition, Wilmington, DE (2011). Langsam is a wood sculptor who also has experience as a gallery assistant, an installation/artist assistant, and a freelance graphic designer. She earned her BFA in Fine Arts with a Sculpture Concentration from the University of Delaware in 2013, studying abroad at Studio Art Centers International in Firenze, Italy in 2012.
Reversed Destruction, 2013: (Tree Stump, Roots, Branches) Langsam has an ongoing interest in nature and the world that surrounds us, constantly searching for inspiration in the most intricate details of the environment. This work utilizes debris collected after Hurricane Sandy hit the artist’s hometown in northern New Jersey, specifically a cherry tree that was uprooted in the front yard of her childhood home. She explores questions of life in what she describes as both its “living and deceased states.” Natural elements are dissected and put back together in a way that defies the norm, challenging the viewer to see nature in a different light and to interact with traditionally clandestine parts of the tree.
Iain Machell is an artist based in Malden-on-Hudson, NY. He exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2007, 2010, and 2012. His work has been reviewed in several publications, including Metroland, Chronogram Magazine, ArtWork, ArtMonthly, The New York Times, and Sculpture. Selected exhibitions include: “Unexpected Beauty,” Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY (2011); “The Suitcase Show,” Galeria Cypriana Majernika, Bratislava (2011); “Iain does Ian: Iain Hugh Machell examines Ian Hamilton Finlay,” a solo exhibition at Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, PA (2009); “Insensitive Abutments,” Brooklyn Artists Gym Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2006); and “Transatlantic Connections,” a touring exhibition that traveled to 8 different sites throughout Scotland (1998-99). Machell has received numerous grants and awards, including the Juror’s Award from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA in 1996, and a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts in 1996. He earned a Diploma in Art from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1977, a Postgraduate Diploma in Art from the same school in 1978, and an MFA in Sculpture from SUNY University at Albany in 1988.
Peel, 2013: (Canvas) This site-specific work consists of 2 canvases, 18’ long and covered in paint, that poke fun at the romantic tradition of landscape art. Instead of a painting OF the landscape, Peel is a painting IN and FROM the landscape. And instead of a mediated experience of nature, filtered through an artistic sensibility and swollen with technique, Peel is a direct imprint from the trees— pulled off the surface like a bandage. This is an investigation into the nature of the landscape and human depiction and intervention in the landscape.
Geoff Nelson is an artist based in Maynard, MA, who creates structures and forms that end up becoming a part of their surroundings. He exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2007 and 2008. Selected exhibitions include: “Art-In-Nature,” Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA (2013); and “Art and Nature,” Mass Audubon, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA (2011). He was the Exhibits Director at The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA, designing and building interactive exhibits for all ages. He holds an AS in Media Production and a BA in Visual Communication from Lyndon State College.
Skyslices, 2011: (Wood) This piece is an exploration of color inspired by palette names that the artist found in a local paint store. Its color was chosen to match the sky at the time that the paint was purchased. The sky can have a variety of colors depending on the time of day, the weather, and the physical position of the viewer. On a bright and sunny day, particularly in the afternoon, parts of this piece will start to blend in with the sky, while on a cloudy day the color will be dramatically different.
The Sky is the Limit, 2013: (Stone, Steel) This work, consisting of seven different pieces, explores the phrase, “The sky’s the limit,” meaning that a person can achieve anything that he sets his mind to. Even though the sky is in plain view, there are things around us that hold us back and keep us trapped. The spheres represent people in their most “elemental form,” while the stone walls represent any physical or mental barriers.
Victoria Palermo is an artist based in Queensbury, NY. Her work has been reviewed in several publications, including The New York Times, Berkshire Living, Sculpture, Metroland, and the Los Angeles Times, amongst others. In 2012, a permanent public work, “Bus Stand” (commissioned by Kidspace at MASS MoCA), was installed on Main Street, North Adams, MA. Selected exhibitions include: a recent solo show in the Carriage House at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; “Selected Art Faculty Exhibition,” Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2012); “RAUM,” a solo exhibition at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2011); “Victoria Palermo @ Transluxe,” a solo exhibition at Transluxe, New York, NY (2010); “Modettes,” a solo exhibition at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2008); and a solo exhibition at Galerie Du Tableau in Marseille, France (1997). Awards include the Artist’s Fellowship Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Special Opportunity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Palermo earned her Bachelor of Science/Art from Skidmore College, and her MFA from Bennington College.
Isosceles Hammock, 2013: (Wood, Artificial Turf) Representative of the valleys of landscape but constructed with materials that could be found in public places such as shopping malls and skateboard parks, Isosceles Hammock merges the artificial with the natural in the three different-colored sections of the sculpture.
Tim Prentice is an artist based in West Cornwall, CT. He has exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” twelve times, in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, and 2012. Selected exhibitions include: solo exhibitions at Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York, NY (2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1997, 1994, 1992, 1990); a solo exhibition at Gallerie Von Bartha in Basel, Switzerland (2005); a solo exhibition at Cais Gallery in Seoul, Korea (2001); and most recently exhibitions in Denmark (2011), Australia (2009), Germany (2008), Switzerland (2005), and Austria (2004). Selected installations include: BMW Welt, Munich, Germany (2007); Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY (2005); and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA (2004). Prentice has received over 100 representative public and corporate commissions, including most recently commissions from the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works in Milwaukee, WI, the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority in St. Paul, MN, the city of Dallas, the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY, the Utah Public Art Program, and the Home Group in Taipei, Taiwan. He earned his BA and his Masters in Architecture from his time at Yale University (1953-1960).
Rod Carpet, 2013: (Aluminum, Stainless Steel) The wind is the protagonist in this piece, as the artist explores how “the air around us moves in ways that are organic, whimsical, and unpredictable,” characteristics that he hopes that the wind will bring to his piece. A study of scale and proportion, this work relies on minimal friction and smart engineering to give the wind more visibility.
Caroline Ramersdorfer is an artist based in Wells, NY. Ramersdorfer describes her approach to sculpture as a “continuous challenge to create a bridge between art, world culture, and the substance of human experience.” Her work is permanently installed worldwide, from Europe to Japan, Taiwan, Canada, USA, South America, China, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai in the UAE, where she won the award for first prize at the Emaar International Art Symposium for Inner View (2005). Selected collections include: Dornbim, Austria; Shimada Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; I-Shou University Campus, Kaoshung, Taiwan; Vorarlberg County Museum, Bregenz, Austria; Eda Garden Museum, Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan; the Federal Chancellery Artothek in Vienna, Austria; Tsinghua University Campus Sculpture Park, Beijing, China; and Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden, Dalton, GA. She was awarded the Golden Award for her sculpture at the Renaissance and Rising International City of Sculpture and Cultural Year in Zhengzhou, China (2006), as well as a Merit Award at the international maquette show of project proposals to be permanently installed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park. Ramersdorfer was also nominated for the 12th International Cairo, Egypt, Art Biennial in 2010-2011. She completed her MFA summa cum laude in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy in 1988.
Inner View_Nexus III, 2011: (Georgia Marble, Stainless Steel) Composed of three irregularly shaped Georgia marble slabs in a stainless steel structure, this piece opens up and exposes complex interior spaces in which the lattice gains translucency and is created anew. The passage of time awakens a wide variety of emotions and provokes a sentiment of discovery, where the crystalline nature of the material is transformed by what the artist describes as “shifting light into amorphous formations which appear to breath, acquiring a life and vitality of their own.”
Edwin Salmon is an artist based in East Haven, CT. He is the owner of EWS3D LLC, a high-end architectural metal fabrication company that has designed and fabricated jobs for clients such as Yale University, Starbucks, and Subway, as well as for architects such as AvroKo, Joeb Moore, and Sidnam Petrone. Their work has been widely reviewed, including in New York, Interior Design, and Architectural Review. Selected exhibitions include: “Color, Line, Form, & Fun, Paintings by Anne Krawitt and Sculpture by Edwin Salmon,” Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT (2010); “New Haven Open Studio Group Show,” Artspace, New Haven, CT (2001-2002); and “Dance,” Ellison Center for the Arts, Duxbury, MA (1997). Selected collections include: “Marriott,” Fairfield Residence Inn, Brooklyn, NY; “Our Lady of Assumption,” Woodbridge, CT; and “Ellison Center for the Arts,” Duxbury, MA. His work has also been featured in the Green Gallery in Guildford, CT, since 1998. Salmon has received various awards, including the Merit Award in the “1996 Member Show” at Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL, and an Honorable Mention in the “Open Juried Show” at Artist Attic in Lexington, KY in 1991. He earned his BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture and Performance from the University of Kentucky in 1992.
Redstart, 2011: (Steel, Aluminum, Polycarbonite Sheet) Strongly influenced by the principals of modern commercial construction, this is one of two examples of the artist’s use of, and interest in, structural elements, solid foundations, and other artifices that array buildings, with special attention being paid to the connections and fasteners that hold everything together. Treatment of all materials, whether they are glossed or left unpainted, is consistent with the treatment used in typical commercial construction.
Eccentric Load, 2011: (Painted Steel, Aluminum, Safety Glass) One of two examples of the artist’s use of, and interest in, structural elements, solid foundations, and other artifices that array buildings, Eccentric Load pays special attention to the connections and fasteners that hold everything together. With the principals of modern commercial construction playing a key role in the artist’s work, the treatment of all materials, whether they are glossed or left unpainted, is consistent with the treatment used in typical commercial construction.
Stacy Latt Savage is an artist based in New Bedford, MA. She exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2003 and 2006. Her work has been reviewed widely, including in Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Sunday Globe, and SouthCoast Standard Times. Selected exhibitions include: “New Bedford Harbor in a New Light,” New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA (2013); “Art Institute of New Hampshire Gallery Invitational Exhibition,” Sharon, NH (2013); “The 2012 Boston Biennial,” Spencer Lofts Gallery, Boston, MA (2012); “Drawing,” Unit One Gallery, Beijing, China (2012); and the “9th Annual Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition” at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery in Honolulu, HI, where her work was selected for international traveling throughout Southeast Asia. She has received numerous commissions and grants, including the Dartmouth Community Park Public Sculpture Commission (2010-12), the LCC Grant for the Mass Cultural Council for the Slocum’s River Project (2009), and the Center for Teaching Excellence Partnership Grant from UMass Dartmouth (2005). Savage studied painting, drawing, and art history at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy in 1989, and earned her BA in Art and History of Art from Wells College in 1990 and her MFA in Fine Art and Sculpture from Cornell University in 1996. She is currently a professor of Sculpture/Fine Art at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Space in Between, 2009: (Steel) Created in the memory of her mother, this work is described by the artist as a visual attempt at mapping out their life together. With each line beginning, the two merging and traveling together, separating and disengaging, and eventually traveling along on their own separate paths. The infinite cycle of life is represented in line and form and is also implicit of a mammalian skeleton or farm equipment.
Leon Smith is an artist based in Ancramdale, NY. He exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2011. Selected exhibitions include: “Sculpture Now,” Lenox, MA (2007-2012); “Public Art Walking Tour,” Pittsfield, MA (2008); “CCCA,” Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY (2004- 2006); Ahava Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (1994-1997); Kirkestraad 58, Antwerp, Belgium (1994); “NYC Revolving Sculpture Project,” Brooklyn Courthouse, Brooklyn, NY (1973); and Ben Uri Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (1963). He has numerous permanent installations, including installations at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY, in the city of Pittsfield, MA, at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and at Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco, CA. Smith completed his education at Sydney University in Sydney, Australia, at the Sydney Art School, and at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England.
Asterr, 2012: (Steel, Oil Tinted) With a strong interest in the wide variety of sculpting materials present today, Smith finds a paradoxical usage of the material that he started with. In this piece, the artist uses crushed, welded, and oil-tinted tire rims in order to evoke what he describes as “organic or celestial forms.”
Knot, 2012: (Polyethylene Duct, Steel Support) In this piece, Smith gives plastic ducting, a common and relatively insubstantial material, a more prominent strength and boldness by rearranging its coiling and convoluted form.
John Van Alstine is an artist based in Wells, NY. In spring of 2000, a hardcover book about his sculpture was released entitled “Bones of the Earth, Spirit of the Land: The Sculpture of John Van Alstine,” complete with an essay by Nick Capasso and an interview by Glenn Harper. Selected exhibitions include: “Art Wynwood,” Grimaldis Gallery, Miami, FL. (2013); “Why Sculpture Matters,” Allyn Gallup Gallery, Sarasota, FL (2012); “John Van Alstine: Arrested Motion/Perilous Balance,” a solo exhibition at Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany, NY (2012); “Confluence of Opposites- Pantha Rhei,” Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2011); “Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2010,” Emirates Palace, UAE (2010); “Centennial Sculpture Exhibition,” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2010); and the “Beijing Olympic Park Exhibition” in Beijing, China, where he received a Merit Award (2008). Selected public collections include: the Albany Institute of Art and History, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Carnegie Institute of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the U.S. State Department (art in Bolivian Embassy, Chilean Embassy, Jamaican Embassy, and Nepal Embassy), the National Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Lisbon, Portugal amongst others. Van Alstine earned his BFA cum laude in Sculpture, Ceramics, and Glass from Kent State University in 1974, and his MFA in Sculpture from Cornell University in 1976.
Doryphorus (Spear Bearer), 2008: (Bronze, Granite) Paying homage to “Doryphorus,” the classical Greek sculpture and quintessential example of contropposto by Polyclitus, Van Alstine captures and focuses on a similar reverse “S” curve in his contemporary granite and bronze assemblage. This counterpoise feature advanced by the Greeks allowed them to convincingly convey motion or life in an inanimate stone, a concept which Van Alstine acknowledges and has been at the core of his work for over 30 years.
Sisyphean Circle XXV, 2008: (Slate, Steel) Seen as a metaphor for the creative process, this work draws parallels between what the artist describes as “the Greek methodical character and the plight of the artist.” Like Sisyphus, Van Alstine constantly finds himself figuratively pushing his materials to a creative peak and literally pushing them around his studio, and although this cycle may seem complete at the end of a sculpture it is never-ending, as he begins the next piece from the bottom up.
Jonathan Waters is an artist based in Stony Creek, CT. He first exhibited in “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” in 2012. His work has been reviewed in several publications, including The New Haven Register, Connecticut Art Scene, CT Post, and Art & Society. Selected exhibitions include: “SCOPE Art Fair NYC 2012,” New York City, NY (2012); “Selected Works 2008-2011,” Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT (2011); “Identifying Marks,” Institute Library, New Haven, CT (2011); “Recent Sculpture/Works on Paper,” Fairfield Art Center, Fairfield, CT (2011); “War Making” and “Scale Factor,” West Cove Studios, West Haven, CT (2011); “State of the Moment,” 360 State Place, New Haven, CT (2011); “Guy Show,” Art Place, Fairfield, CT (2011); and “Madison Sculpture Mile,” Madison, CT (2011). Waters earned his BFA from Windham College in 1975, and his MFA from Yale University in 1977.
Midnight Montauk, 2013: (Fir, Paint) This work, composed of a curved plane of laminated fir, is stained a deep ultramarine blue. It evokes the sea off the coast at nighttime with both its color and form.
Whisper, 2013: (Southern Yellow Pine, Paint) The slightly curved arch in this piece, constructed of southern yellow pine and stained white, is long, low, and barely there, characteristics similar to those of a whisper.