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RoCA Virtual Studio Tour with Erica Rosenfeld

June 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Zoom into Contemporary Glass & Mixed Media Artist Erica Rosenfeld’s studio this Summer
Cost $10 per visit
June 30th, 3:00pm

Join us for on Tuesday, June 30th at 3:00pm for an once in a life time studio tour with glass artist Erica Rosenfeld, embracing the cultural histories of glassmaking, crafting and cooking. Through her blown glass, glass jewelry and mixed media artwork she celebrates community-centric, obsessive, labor-intensive ritual. She is the co-founder of the interactive glassblowing & food performance collective, Burnt Asphalt Family, with whom she has performed throughout the United States, including at RoCA in 2018 for How Shall We Dine?, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in publications such as Art News, The New York Times, and New Glass Review. Rosenfeld shows her work at Heller Gallery in NYC and has work that is held in private and public collections nationally. She has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, Kentucky Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Museum of American Glass, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Cornell Art Museum. She has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at The Corning Museum, and Urban Glass among others.

Erica creates large wall installations of blown glass and uses multiple processes of blowing, fusing, slicing, carving and sewing glass together with seed beads in her jewelry artworks. In all of her work, she uses glass as the primary material while combining it with light, paint, found objects, food and other mixed media. This hybrid artistic practice has centered on sculptural and social aspects of glass, food-making, and performance. Her current body of work, “Reverie Forest: Sanctuary for Strange Creatures,” explores Post-War Era America’s culture of conformity, othering, mass culture, and mass fear. The focus is on the mid-century “Paint by Numbers” phenomenon: it sees them as cultural artifacts, a view of them as windows into the culture in America at the time in the early 1950’s when they were popular. They speak of a mindless conformity which consumed national life at the time, a culture infested with a fear of not “staying in the lines,” instilling a need to find safety and order. The cloyingly cute “Paint by Number” animals become beautiful mutants, their pastoral landscapes metamorphose into peculiar habitats to give them a new life. Their new perceived freakishness now has a safe zone in “Reverie Forest” where they can live outside of the constraints, free from fear and conformity. Erica’s “Forest” can be a place of danger and asylum, wild thrashing and calm, the earthly and the spiritual: deadly and beautiful simultaneously. These dichotomies create an unknown magical environment which can lead the inhabitants into transformative places.

To ensure you can join on time, please use the zoom link to register at least six hours before start time. To Register visit:  www.rocklandartcenter.org. Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don’t receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: dflanaganrca@aol.com.


June 30, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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