Hello Salon Friends,
The next Salon at Forest is on Wednesday, May 29th, 6:30pm. Details to come. Stay tuned!
Salon at Forest is a monthly conversation event where we invite presenters to our studio to share their own creative journeys: why they do what they do, what motivates them, the struggles they face and how they overcome them. This series, which began in early 2017 has had over 50 presenters from wide-ranging disciplines including ceramics, glass, painting, sculptures, poetry, neuroscience, taxidermy, live action role playing, textiles, dance, film, and set design. The event is free. Everyone is welcome.
Co-creating with the natural world and designing solutions to social and environmental challenges are the driving forces behind my business, New York Heartwoods - a Kingston, NY-based fabricator of wood furniture and custom surfaces made with lumber milled from fallen and urban Hudson Valley trees. www.newyorkheartwoods.com
Biodesigner | Biomimicry Specialist
I founded my studio in 2011 with the goal to make sustainable design both accessible and attractive. With an emphasis on biofabrication and biomimicry, much of my work upholds a fundamental value of nature and embodies a systems thinking approach that benefits all life on this planet. Outside of the studio I lead biomimicry and mycelium workshops and teach biodesign at The Pratt Institute. www.danielletrofe.com
I have a practice rooted in environmental design. I build modular units that stack and suspend in space and play host to an interconnected world of weaving ecosystems. The modular units come in a variety of scales and mediums, bridging disciplines from art, industrial, furniture, and interiors to architecture and urban design. The objects, structures and installations, which inhabit home, retail, work, public, and gallery spaces, inspire and provoke questions about the ecology of our daily lives. Huy-Bui.com
This is Ting from moJoosh. Grew up in Shanghai and lives in Brooklyn now with my family, I want to share with you how I find my path in tea and what draws me into the beauties of it.
www.mojoosh.com | Instagram: @mojoosh
Ikebana, one of the most traditional artforms of Japan which represents "Appreciation of Nature", is a unique and very sophisticated way to learn how to arrange flowers. During the presentation, I am going to talk about the history of Ikebana emphasizing the relationship between the deities and ancient Japanese lifestyle. Following the presentation, I will give an Ohara style Moribana demonstration which is not only creative but also known as the one of the most traditional forms of ikebana expressions. Moribana will allow us to explain the balance among flowers, water and empty space. My goal of the presentation is to take all of you to a small cosmic journey using few flower stems and water. www.hanadojo.info
Researcher, curator, salon producer
“I am an independent curator, PopRally committee member, and the lead Salon Producer & Researcher in the Museum of Modern Art’s Research & Development department. Founded in 2012 by Paola Antonelli, this initiative explores the potential and responsibility of museums, as public actors, with the vision of establishing our institutions as the R&D departments of society. I will discuss our process for finding and inviting experts from a range of professional backgrounds and why I believe that it is essential to bring artists and designers in conversation with researchers, chefs, neuroscientists, data scientists, writers, activists, sociologists, anthropologists, and philosophers (amongst others) to tackle timely issues in a collaborative way.”
www.samanthaozer.com | http://momarnd.moma.org/salons/ | IG: @samanthaozer
"My practice started off in the field of fine arts making sculpture and installations. My conceptual interests then about materials and visual properties carried over into my interests in design. I feel like that fascination, with the physical nature of things, will always fuel my work"
January 2019 | Furniture
“The talk will mainly focus on the process side of the work. How it evolved from my Architecture days, into my teaching and how I brought it back into my studio practice or better said malpractice. I will show a lot of process drawings and speak on my idea of ‘Impulse versus Measure’. “serbanionescu.com | IG @serbanserban
January 2019 | Photography
"Touched by occasions that are silently dissonant, that with a different context seem surreal, I imagine what is invisibly there. My starting point can be any tiny circumstance, perhaps the pineapple I smelled, the beet I ate, the woman I felt in me or other’s made me feel, the coconut I drank from or the milk I shared. It may be Dali’s golden chair I once dreamt to own or an impulse I don’t want exposed. With what happened, what almost happened or was wished, I set up an installation and photograph an in-camera collage.”
svetlana.com.au | Instagram:@spacesvetlana
November 2018 | Installation
Kate Kosek's work is a formal exploration of sensation, memory, routine, and perception through the interweaving of painting, drawing, printmaking, and crocheted fibers. She will be discussing her first large-scale installation piece made for an exhibition in Bologna this past May, as part of an international collaboration between the Wayfarers collective in Brooklyn and artistic-duo Antonello Ghezzi in Italy. http://katekosek.com
November 2018 | Ceramic
An assembly of pipe sculptures. A series of clay beams. Furry ceramic feet for objects. A skinny column. Kyong Kim will talk about her ceramic projects, where she appropriates industrial and architectural forms. Kyong Kim is an architect and designer based in New York. Her work ranges in scale from a 12x12 pixel gif to a 12,000 square meter building. For more of her projects, visit kyongkim.works
October 2018 | Indian drum
"This Drum Has Two Heads and I Only Have One"
Doug will talk about mṛdangam, the principal drum in South Indian, or Carnatic music and play some drums! Doug studied the drum under the late T. Ranganathan at Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship to collect and transcribe the compositions of Ranganathan. Doug is also a Craniosacral and Movement Therapist, founder of BrilliantBody™, who has worked in clinical and private practice since 1990.
October 2018 | Furniture and interior design
A designer-artist Fernando uses atypically commonplace materials – such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement – to cast sculptural objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Mastrangelo is founder of a design firm, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio (FM/S), that runs out of his Brooklyn studio.
October 2018 | Art program
Ricardo will talk about his ceramic-painting-performance studio named Atelier Dragão Baiano, situated on a beachfront coconut farm in Bahia, Brazil. Since 2003, this multidisciplinary tropical den has promoted art residency programs and workshops for international and local artists and cultural junket parties.
Ricardo lives and works in New York, São Paulo and Bahia, Brazil. He has a B.A. in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo FAU-USP and an M.A. in Studio Art from NYU.
September 2018 | Furniture, sound data
Erica uses a combination of analog and digital processes, exploring themes such as the visualization of data and sound. Erica is an artist and designer based in New York City and is the head of art production and design at Isolated Labs--studio of Tavares Strachan. She received a BFA in Industrial Design from RISD in 2012.
July 2018 | Craft, photography
We have a little different format this month. For the first half of the night, Nick will talk to us about his photo projects. His latest series “Block Head Modeling” explores curiosity, social creativity, and play. For the second half, Nick would like for YOU to take part! Create a wearable headpiece and model the final piece for the "Block Head Modeling". We will provide simple children's craft supplies. Come ready to play! https://www.technicolordino.com/blockheadmodeling
June 2018 | Painting, murals
Joran is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. She will be presenting a project she did in 2013, when she took a departure from her usual studio practice to paint murals while visiting a friend who was doing Peace Corps in a village in rural Senegal.
June 2018 | Paper sculptures, textiles
Brenda has worked with interior designers, set designers, set decorators, magazine editors and personal clients creating drapery, softgoods, and upholstery. Brenda also sources and or repairs furniture with antique fabrics and trims for a variety of celebrity clientele. She will show us her artwork including paper sculpture and textiles.
May 2018 | Sculptures
Natalie Moore is a visual artist whose current work is created by hand weaving steel wire. The shapes of her sculptures reference both the natural and the man-made. They can resemble objects ravaged by wind, rain and the continuum of time while at the same time referencing a scientific rendering of string theory or an un-built, abandoned CAD model gone awry. www.nataliemoore.com
April 2018 | ceramic, sculptures
“I express myself mainly through drawing and sculpture. I often utilize time consuming techniques such as handbuilding porcelain, welding or silk-thread stitching. I will tell you about my projects and focus on my “Cultivation” -series, sculptures made of porcelain and bread.” -Cecilia Jansson
Cecilia Jansson is known for her well-crafted sculptures and large-scale embroidery. She was selected to exhibit at the Swatch pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2015. She has been a head teacher in sculpture at Örebro Art College, Sweden and is currently working on new projects at Sculpture Center NYC. www.ceciliajansson.se
April 2018 | Painting
For most of her career Monique has created abstract paintings and collages on canvas and panel using oil, acrylic and watercolor. Over the last year her body of work has transformed. She currently creates watercolor paintings using representational imagery surrounding botanical and anatomical references and symbols.
April 2018 | sculptures
“My work explores the relationship between personal and cultural nostalgia in subject matter, material and method. It straddles the childhood/adulthood line while questioning the fine art/traditional craft form border. Combining references to doll hair, crafts, folk motifs and Americana from my 1970’s childhood in Kansas, I see interdependence between the multiplicities of cultures in our world and make sculpture as a way of recognizing and playing with the unintended and humorous connections between them.” http://ellie-murphy.com
March 2018 | Installation
David grew up in Providence, RI. He studied philosophy, history, and literature at the University of Rhode Island and King’s College London. He spent several years abroad in Spain studying Spanish. In 2016, he received his MFA from the University of New Orleans. David's work undermines generalized historical narratives by presenting specific events with satirical pedagogical installations. His most recent installation took place in Maribor, Slovenia, part of a residency program called Guestroom Maribor. http://www.davidcolannino.com
March 2018 | Coffee
Sum is a coffee expert who runs Coffee Project in East Village where a deconstructed latte flight is served. She will talk to us about the coffee processing method and how the coffee is harvested. If we are lucky we might be able to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning a little background on how the coffee is selected. www.coffeeprojectny.com
February 2018 | sculptures, ceramic
Cynthia is currently a member of the Wayfarers studio program in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where she is molding, casting, and building with porcelain, plaster, and found packing materials. She will talk to us about how she got interested in interstitial (between) spaces, her discovery of packing materials as medium and image, and how her use of them has evolved.
Cynthia was born and raised outside Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to New York City in late 2014. http://www.cynthiareynolds.net
February 2018 | DNA, graphic design
Christian is a designer and artist who fell in love with science. He currently works as a data visualization designer at the New York Genome Center. He will talk to us about his project, DNA Portraits.
We use the visible differences between individuals to identify people. What we can’t see is what causes the differences: the genetic makeup of each person, and the differences between one's genome and that of another. DNA Portraits use data from 23andMe, distilled via code into a concise form that makes genomic data visible and shows identifiable differences between genomic signatures, without getting hung up on details. https://cstolte.myportfolio.com
January 2018 | Sculptures, ceramic, taxidermy
Rev is a collector. Her collections include bones, stones, shells, plants and other natural materials. She shares photos of her collections and discuss how they are connected with her. She finally realized that bones are the clues to her work for over ten years and clay is her current language for expression. www.revwangyue.com
January 2018 | Roleplaying game
Catherine is francophile, former blogger, and budding game designer. She is currently designing a roleplaying game about the Paris Commune.
In 1871 a popular revolt in Paris created a radically democratic government like nothing the world had ever seen before. Admired by Marx and Victor Hugo, the Paris Commune survived just two months before being brutally crushed by the French Army. The last of the great Parisian uprisings, the Commune remains little-known today even though it grappled with the same issues of social inequality, prejudice, and workers' rights that are still hotly debated today. The image: a detail from a painting by George Clairin, The Burning of the Tuileries.