Lobby at the Roger Smith Hotel
September 14, 2017 – February 7, 2018
Meg Kalinowski was awarded the Roger Smith Fellowship in February 2017 at The Vermont Studio Center, which included one month residency and an exhibition in the Lobby of the hotel.
The piece on show is based on a site-specific proposal Kalinowski put forward for the fellowship selection process and developed during her time at VSC this May.
Artist Statement: “My artwork addresses the split between selves- as a women, architect and artist; the chasm between the sleeping and waking mind; the well of memory, both true and fabricated; the implications of trauma and release. Working across several mediums including sculpture, drawing, painting and digital art, my work explores correlations between the temporality of place and self, in the hope to capture a more comprehensive understanding of my sexuality, sense of self and place in both the artistic and architectural communities. My work extends from a long-standing practice of drawing refined through an architectural lens, and re-directed to a responsive, yet abstracted self-representation. Through process and material emerge countless studies that strive to expose facets of this splintering self and start to mend through a symbiotic artistic expression. “
Meg Kalinowski is an architectural designer and artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her architectural degree in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California and works at the architectural design firm A+I in New York. Meg’s work ranges from pen on paper to clay and human hair sculpture, aiming to break free of traditional approaches to self-representation. Additionally, much of her work is highly graphic, primarily black and white paintings and drawings which draw on the split experiences architecture and fine art.
The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 30 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues. Website
Vermont Studio Center is the largest artists residency in the United States, hosting more than 700 artists and writers each year. Founded in 1984, VSC’s mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community in a setting that encourages exchange and is nourished by the power of artists learning from artists. Our commitment to fostering creativity goes far beyond our residency program; we also support arts education initiatives, cultural exchange programs, and special programs and fellowships designed to help artists and writers facing physical, cultural and political barriers to creative expression. Website
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