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Rachel Weiss 1

Carolyn Salas 1

Gravity is opposed with tension as we strive to remain above ground and water, occasionally breaking free into the air. Humanity, the only self-referential species has always sought ways to record these efforts. The surfaces in this exhibit read as an archeological narrative, reflecting intention and experience. There is a link in each artist’s creative process, transcending materials into works of aesthetic impact and emotional resonance. Sculpture as a discipline is often associated with weight and mass, but these artists' works seem to levitate, carrying with them light, color, translucency, and space. Along with gravitational defiance each piece bears the hopes, fears, anxieties and aspirations of their creators, displayed in a diverse manipulation of materials.  Taken into consideration with the surrounding NCC gallery and campus, the artwork invites the viewer to engage these ideas in real time and space as both the materials and ideas lift off and become something new.

Nathan Wasserbauer, Exhibit Curator  


Monika Zarzeczna 1

Monika ZarzecznaContaining Tenaciousness, 2014(speaking publicly at NCC's ArtForum lecture series on 9/30/14 11:30am-12:30pm G building room GC65)


Rachel Weiss 3Rachel WeissTwelve Planes (Locked and Crossed), 2014. (speaking publicly at NCC's ArtForum lecture series on 10/23/14 11:30am-12:30pm G building room GC65)


Carolyn Salas Circular

Carolyn SalasExploring paradoxical current affairs and our tendency to feel powerless to confront the crises of our existing surroundings, Carolyn Salas uses a wide array of materials including found objects, photography, moldmaking, collage and recycled items to create sculptural platforms where material and concept meet to transform space and the way we view it. The work speaks to interactions between human civilizations, hierarchical powers of societal success, relationships, and nature with an emotional resonance that takes the works beyond any one of these single issues and into a universal realm. In a culture obsessed with mass production and disposability her work is a conduit of her opposition to this standard. With laborious craft and a handmade touch, the imperfections and human attributes of burdens, failures and achievements of our everyday are exposed. Salas looks at the work as a self-exploration of the subconscious, where she tries to physically create a state of mind. Responding to Carl Jung’s idea of artists and alchemists projecting part of their psyche into matter or inanimate objects, possessing in a sense a secret soul, the objects eventually live out a life of their own.Untitled, 2012



Monika Zarzeczna Circular

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