Artist exchange with Columbus / Ohio

The artist exchange program between “Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen” and “Greater Columbus Arts Council”, Columbus/Ohio, USA.

Founded in 1995 by “Greater Columbus Arts Council” and the “Sächsischen Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (SMWK)” since 2012 the exchange program is part of the scholarship program of Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.

In turns the saxon artists will be located in Columbus/Ohio and the Ohio artists in Dresden. Thus 35 saxon and 33 american artists have the chance to get to know the country and its people and connect with the local art scene.

The “Kunsthaus Raskolnikow e.V. takes care of the artists during their stay in Dresden and since 2008 GEH8 Kunstraum und Atelier e.V. provides works spaces for the artists. Since this year GEH8 cooperates with ZENTRALWERK, providing newly renovated guest apartments.

Therefore all three initiatives contribute to the successful stay of the artists.

Scholarship holders:

Carol Snyder

scholarship  from 25. July to 22. October 2017

Picture: Courtesy of the artist.

The works on the wall and the vessels made of porcelain captivate through simplicity and design vocabulary. The white and transparent material provide texture for the objects but without being painted with a glazing.  

The amorphous forms of the works remind of things found in nature. And this is the place the artist finds her inspiration. Every piece is a recollection of a personal experience. The structure, the patterns, the rhythm or the texture, everything can be found in nature.

For Snyder the process of creation or technical production is not important, since she is not perfectly trained. More so her works should connect to internal piece, balance and a connection to nature. Thus where is the foundation material – the clay – coming from: nature.

More information about the person and her work can be found here:

Melinda Rosenberg

scholarship  from 28. May – 25. August 2017

Image: Chris Casella

Melinda Rosenberg engages with the material wood. She loves the surface and structure which hold the age and growth like a memory. Her works refer to a craft aesthetic, and “Chashitsu”, a form of japanese architecture, which is found in local tee houses. In her view the strength of the wood lies in its natural consistency.

By adding other materials and a partial painting she is transferring her objects into a contemporary version of the japanese aesthetic of the 14th century.

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