Sunday, December 28, 2008

43rd exhibit: Bedecked by Kim Salerno curated by Sand T - FINAL SHOW. THANK YOU AND FAREWELL FROM artSPACE@16

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – 31, 2008Potluck reception with Kim Salerno: Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 2:00pm - 5:00pmArtist talk at 3:00pm. Free Admission. All are welcome.

(MALDEN, MA – April 3, 2008) - artSPACE@16 proudly presents its 43rd exhibit - ‘BEDECKED’ by KIM SALERNO, a selection of Salerno's latest large scale, colorful patterned college work, cut paper sculpture, and smaller vividly colored dioramas. the public is cordially invited to a potluck reception that has been scheduled for Saturday May 3, from 2 - 5pm. Salerno will give a talk about her work at 3pm the same day.

Currently a resident of Newport, R.I., Kim Salerno earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Certificate in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from Smith College. She has taught art and design at colleges and universities throughout the country including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

On her work, Salerno states, "The work on display at artSPACE@16 is an exploration of decoration and fine art. Shunned from formal inquiry in both contemporary fine art and design practice, decoration is a forgotten carrier of meaning. It is a window into ideas and an avenue of feminist thought. Similarly, women’s contributions to visual culture, particularly decorative work, has been persistently marginalized."

Salerno has worked as an architect and presently serves on the Historic District Commission in Newport, Rhode Island. Besides teaching at the University of Rhode Island, Salerno’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries, cultural centers and museums. The wall hangings in this exhibit combine patterned, domestic interior and garden imagery. Scenes include garden and architectural elements, decorative objects, and silhouetted figures.

Various images coexist in a flattened, patterned, fragmented, highly decorative scene. Materials include plastic, fake fur, foam beads, crystals, holographic paper, tulle, fringe, fabric and tassels as cloth; fiber and thread adorn more conventional art materials.

Salerno’s work has won many awards including a recent grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and a fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The three-dimensional works build on similar themes, blurring distinctions between art and interior design, the work generally draws from a variety of sources such as Indian miniature painting, William Morris Arts and Crafts, Ikea catalogues and popular decorator magazines.

‘BEDECKED’ exhibit by Kim Salerno will be on display at artSPACE@16 located at 16 Princeton Road in Malden from May 3 - 31, 2008. Exhibit is open for viewing on these pre-scheduled Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17 and 31, from 12noon - 5:00pm and by appointment please call 781-321-8058 or email Gallery closed for Memorial Day weekend.

artSPACE@16 has been selected as the "Gallery, north" WINNER in the "BEST OF ART" category in The 2008 BEST OF BOSTON ® HOME edition of Boston Magazine. To learn more about artSPACE@16, please visit

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Malden artist Sand T to close artSPACE@16
Malden Observer Fri May 09, 2008

Malden Art Closing - Audio Slideshow by Malden Observer
Photos and Audio by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

The Boston Globe, May 2, 2008
Globe North Arts, April 27, 2008
Malden Observer, April 23, 2008
Malden Blog, April 23, 2008
Thank you and Good Bye from artSPACE@16
Big, Red and Shiny, April 23, 2008

Globe North listings, April 17, 2008

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