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Past Exhibitions

Steven Salzman: Facebook Formatted (and other works)

Contemporary Art Meets Social Networking!

March 31 through July 8, 2012

To encourage dialogue and broaden the audience for his work, New York artist Steven Salzman uploads his boldly colored, geometric digital images to Facebook in the three-part horizontal rectangle format seen on Facebook pages. His playful, yet insightful paintings, prints and collages draw inspiration from advanced physics and astronomy. Steven Salzman: Facebook Formatted (and other works) will be on view in the Contemporary Collectors Gallery from March 31 through July 8, 2012. The exhibition is organized for the Contemporary Collectors Circle by Elaine Berger.

Several works on display reveal Salzman’s long fascination with an unusual variety of materials to create minimal abstractions of great subtlety and mesmerizing refinement. One series is composed entirely of striped plastic drinking straws. The artist meticulously cuts and glues hundreds of plastic straws onto rectangular boards; each of these compositions may take weeks to complete. This use of an ordinary, familiar material becomes a modernist pun in which the viewer is encouraged to “drink in” or “slurp up” the visual results.

Salzman’s interest in a type of paint known as “interference pigments” is seen in several large canvases in this exhibition. These paints contain reflective particles that produce a “lenticular” effect. This means that, depending on the light source and the viewer’s position, colors shift to their spectrum opposites — reds to greens, yellows to purples, blues or oranges and vice versa. The overall design can also shift from milky whites to sparkling vivid hues. These star-like compositions can be seen as referring to the light from celestial bodies and man’s fascination with space, time, and motion.

Steven Salzman is presenting a talk at the museum in which he discusses his art, techniques and influences. Formatting for Facebook will be offered on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. Admission is $15 ($5 for members) and includes museum admission. To register, go to the Events section on this site.

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Steven Salzman
The History Of The Universe: From The Big-Bang To Ellsworth Kelly, 2012
Digital print on paper
Collection of the artist
  Steven Salzman
The Large-Hadron Collider, 2012
Digital rendering
Collection of the artist
 
       
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Steven Salzman
Straws!, 2000
Plastic straws on panel
14 x 11 inches
Collection of the artist
  Steven Salzman
Straws! V, 2002
Plastic straws on panel
20 x 16 inches
Collection of the artist