During the period of 17th October and November 24th, 2013 Amanda Patenaude and Ben Wright will be artists in residence at S12. They will apply their wide-ranging, unorthodox glass and mixed media studio practices to the inspirational structures, behaviors and beauty of the aquatic environments surrounding Bergen. Throughout their stay, the artistic fruits of their research and visual experiments will accumulate and interact with each other in S12’s project room culminating in a reception on the 23rd of November.
Ben Wright holds a BS in Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College a BFA from the Appalachian Center for Crafts and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and he is currently on leave form his faculty position at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His background in biology figures strongly in his artwork, which delves deeply into the ever evolving relationship between humans and their micro and macro environments. Through visual installations and sonic landscapes he engages all of his viewer’s senses and often bridges the gap between art and science.
Amanda Lee Patenaude received her BFA in glass and ceramics from Illinois State University. Her fascination with the human condition and quest for synergy is expressed through mixed-media sculpture, performances and happenings that orbit around concepts of waste and value, and transform viewers into participants through the long lost art of fun.