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Interference

December 3 January 8, 2017

NURTUREart presents Interference, curated by Steven Salzman and featuring artists Johnny Abrahams, John Aslanidis, Daniel Hill, Gilbert Hsiao, Julie Oppermann and Jessica Rosner. Interference explores the physical phenomena of the superposition of two or more waves resulting in a new wave pattern. Waves of air, sound and electro-magnetism—and their subsequent interference patterns—permeate our environment. These phenomena surround, bombard and penetrate our bodies continuously. The artists in this exhibit explore these omnipresent patterns as a visual motifs, including hard-edge geometry, gestural improvisation, and handwriting. Inspirational sources include optics, physics, music and meditation. The ensemble of works on view grasp the pervasive hum of interference radiation to capture and re-present it as analysis visually and poetically.

Born and raised in New York City, Steven Salzman was greatly influenced by the urban landscape with its vista of rectangular shapes at different scale and proportion, its contrasts and subtle modulations of light and color in a space that was both deep and far away, all neatly contained by the rectangle of the window frame.   On the ground level, the city’s grid of simple numbered streets and avenues became his geometric theme park. Salzman first learned how to draw by copying comic books and had an aptitude for illustration. From an early age, trips to New York City’s museums were a regular activity and it was a retrospective of Abstract-Expressionism at the Whitney Museum of American Art that ultimately committed him to being a painter. He started his training, first at the Art-Students League, then Bard College, Hunter College, and, finally the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. During his studies, Salzman was selected to be a studio assistant for master colorist Sanford Wurmfeld, then the chair of the art department at Hunter, and went on to work for seminal artists Ellsworth Kelly, Tom Wesselman, and Judy Rifka, whom Salzman regards as major contributors to his education.

As a young artist in the 80s, Salzman showed his work in artist-run galleries and in downtown nightclubs in the East Village, such as Mo David Gallery and the infamous Pyramid Club. By the 90s, he was curating exhibitions and showing his work in alternative artist-run spaces, including Hallways in Buffalo, the Drawing Center, and White Columns in lower Manhattan. He also did public art projects, including a show in Saint Peters Church, was commissioned to do an advertisement campaign for Absolut Vodka, and made art in department store windows, including Saks Fifth Avenue. Currently, Salzman uses Facebook as a public platform to make art and has continued to exhibit his work in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. He had a solo exhibition with a color catalogue in 2012 at the Nassau County Museum of Art, in Long Island, New York. The Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation at Bard College commissioned a series of large-format prints for a solo exhibition in 2015.