My project is a collaboration with the joints and fissures of the built environment. Through sculpture, drawing, writing, and site interventions, I investigate the relationship between human-made spaces/structures and the unpredictable or invisible forces (shifting of land/pressures of gravity/the passing and layering of time/our understanding of place) that act upon them or through them. I use found materials and sites, wordplay, psychogeography, and perceptual tricks to reveal associations between the found, the altered, and the made. The work questions how we are affected by the changes in what we create, and draws attention to the way our world is put together, marking the spaces “in between” in ways both permanent and ephemeral. Within the phenomenological response to the work is the friction between our assumptions about and ideals for the built environment, and its simultaneous, imperfect, transient, and intangible realities.
Gabriela Salazar (b. New York City, 1981) received an MFA from RISD (2009), and a BA from Yale University (2003). Her work has been included in shows across the country, including "East|West Artist Exchange" (Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle), "Geography of Imagination" (Adams House, NYC), "A Varied Terrain" (Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence), and "Robert Moses, He Knows Us" (solo, flatbreadaffair, NYC). An essay, "Another One Bites the Dust!" was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics in October 2010. Gabriela won an Awards of Excellence in both of her years at RISD, and has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2006), the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2010), the MacDowell Colony (2009), and most recently, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011). An artist, writer, curator, and teacher, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. www.gabrielasalazar.com.