As the cold weather persists throughout the month of February, Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings (AiB) program is striving to bring more warmth and light into the city with its newest public exhibition at the West 10th Window, located at 223-225 West 10th Street at Bleeker. The exhibit, titled Village Square, is from Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson and will be featured through March 7.
The installation is a multi-layered LED light display that combines different colors, shapes and sizes to result in, as Salmanson refers to, “a constellation of squares hovering in space.”
I have included more information below on the artist and this newest addition to the West 10th Window. I would be happy to put you in touch with Jennie Lamensdorf, TEI’s in-house curator, to discuss her inspiration to choose this display and to detail AiB’s commitment to enriching local spaces through contemporary art.
Carol Salmanson and Village Square Carol Salmanson is a Brooklyn-based artist working with light, optics and reflective materials to create site-responsive installations and objects. The unusual proportions of the West 10th Window suggested the combination of seven different colors, shapes, and sizes of LEDS arrayed in three layers. Although references to heavenly bodies are apt descriptions of her work, what separates Salmanson from other LED artists is her tendency to reveal the technical and physical elements needed to create her work. Wires and welds are not only visible but, incorporated into the work as if elements of delicate line drawings. The inclination to merge analogue and digital and expose rather than hide technique is distinctive of Salmanson’s work. For the West 10thWindow, this multilayered approach has resulted in an installation that alludes to drawing in space by day and illuminates the window by night.
Salmanson was born in Providence, RI. She received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and masters from the University of Chicago. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Storefront Bushwick, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, and numerous other venues. Group exhibitions include San Antonio’s light festival Luminaria; Space Invaders, Lehman College, NY; Rock St. curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller; Illuminators, OK Harris; and Dumbo Arts Festival among others. Her work will be featured in a two-person show at Brian Morris Gallery in the late spring, and she was recently awarded a public art project in New Britain, CT.
TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.