Material & Metaphor – D1223-17

Date: Aug 21 - 25, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Gabriela Salazar

Tuition: $1,075
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Challenge convention and broaden the spectrum of materials used to make your work in this provocative workshop—one that encourages you to see existing elements with new potential for content and form. We examine our physical surroundings and the materials of our daily lives, evaluating how we use the inherent assets of these materials—both physical and psychological—to create new forms and definitions. Reassembling, repurposing, recombining, relocating, annotating and deconstructing are all process filters through which we push materials to communicate their histories and properties. We give these concepts context by viewing the work of artists such as Rachel Perry Welty, Mark Bradford, Sarah Sze and Tara Donovan.

Media & Techniques:

We encourage students to bring their own unconventional art materials, and discover new materials through foraging and experimentation. Diverse ways and processes to creatively combine materials, such as fastenings, unconventional adhesives, and format are developed as we respond to our chosen materials both formally and with an investment in content.


Students engage through demonstrations, slide presentations and studio exercises. We discuss assigned readings during class dialogue, and participate in brief discussions. Opportunities for discovery and experimentation are structured and encouraged. Each day is a combination of material experimentation, project work, writing exercises, dialogue and individual instruction.


Gabriela Salazar has an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her residencies and fellowships include LMCC’s Workspace, Yaddo, The Lighthouse Works and more. Gabriela’s most recent solo show was at Efrain Lopez Gallery in Chicago, Ill. She lives, works and teaches in New York City.

Gabriela Salazar, My Lands are Islands (detail)

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