A Conversation with Sculptors-in-Residence Kate Kaman and Joel Erland

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For Immediate Release: September 23, 2011

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A Conversation with Chesterwood’s Sculptors-in-Residence Kate Kaman and Joel Erland on September 30

Moderated by renowned sculptor Judith Shea

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Chesterwood, A National Trust Historic Site, announces a free public program with Chesterwood’s sculptors-in-residence Kate Kaman and Joel Erland on September 30 at 5:30 p.m. The conversation will take place on Chesterwood’s Studio Piazza and will be moderated by renowned sculptor Judith Shea, who was Kaman’s teacher and a former sculptor-in-residence at Chesterwood in 1989 and 2010.  A reception with the artists will follow the talk. Chesterwood’s 2011 Artist-in-Residency program has been made possible by a grant from Jane Fitzpatrick and the late Jack Fitzpatrick.

Kaman and Erland are currently at work in Chesterwood’s Woodshed building where they are welcoming visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 30. They are sculpting a new work called Andromeda, based on the Greek myth of the same name. Andromeda is a beautiful princess from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to bait a sea monster. Andromeda has been the subject of numerous works of art, including a masterwork by sculptor Daniel Chester French on view in French’s studio at Chesterwood. The young sculptors Kaman and Erland are reinterpreting the tale in their latest artwork which depicts Andromeda as a seven-foot-long fishing lure, a sculpture that is inspired by their residency at Chesterwood.

Based in Philadelphia, the collaborative work of Kate Kaman and Joel Erland encompasses large-scale environmental artworks, as well as interactive sculpture. Their work includes site-specific atrium sculpture, decorative surfaces of public spaces, and experimental artwork that often incorporates new media. Working alongside engineers and architects on projects from Los Angeles to New York, the sculptors have created architecturally oriented artworks for civic and corporate clients such as universities, municipalities, developers, and transportation hubs. Erland and Kaman have exhibited their artwork in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

“We welcome public sculptors Kate Kaman and Joel Erland to Chesterwood for the first time, thanks to our generous supporters, Jane Fitzpatrick and the late Jack Fitzpatrick, and are glad that they are inspired by this historic site while in residence here,” said Chesterwood’s Director Donna Hassler. “Kate told me that she and Joel have been preoccupied with renovating their studio in Philadelphia, and they are thrilled with the opportunity to just make art.”

Kaman, born in Cleveland, Ohio, studied painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. With a background in industrial design and apprenticeships to inventors, imagineers, and fabricators, Erland, born in Coimbra, Portugal, studied design at Point Loma in San Diego, California, and in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The partners have been collaborating since 2005.

“We daydream as hard as we can to create sculptures and shelters that evoke a response in the participant, generating an attitude of wonder, desire, inclusivity, and gratitude for life. During our Chesterwood residency, we are opening up to ideas about community, historical context, and natural forms, while contemplating the next generation of structures designed to awaken compassion and individual growth,” the artist team said.

As the Chesterwood Studio sculptors-in-residence, artists Kaman and Erland are going on daily nature walks in the Berkshire hills, studying mycelia (the world’s largest variety of ferns) and small woodland creatures in order to create sculptures that stir the viewer’s sense of wonder.

Chesterwood is the residence, studio, gardens and woodland walks of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of “The Minute Man” in Concord, MA, and “Abraham Lincoln” for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Chesterwood is open daily through October 10 and the last three weekends in October. Guided tours of Daniel Chester French’s historic studio and residence are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for an additional $2 fee.  Admission is $15 for adults; $7.50 for members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and is free for Friends of Chesterwood members and for children under 18, sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, in Stockbridge.  For more information, please visit Chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579.

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Calendar listing:


September 30:  A Conversation with Chesterwood’s Sculptors-in-Residence Kate Kaman and Joel Erland, Moderated by Sculptor Judith Shea at 5:30 p.m. on the Studio Piazza at Chesterwood.  A reception with the artists will follow. Admission to the lecture is free. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Anne Cathcart, 413.298.3579, ext. 25216; Anne_Cathcart@nthp.org. Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of “The Minute Man” in Concord, MA, and “Abraham Lincoln” for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413.298.3579. Chesterwood.org


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