Aric Snee was an AiR in S12 in July 2012 and concluded his residency with both a demonstration in the Studio and the exhibition “Present in Place” in the Project Room of S12. He came to S12 right after his MFA thesis and exhibition at Alfred University, NY. In S12 he was assisted by the artists Damien François and Teresa Longva.
During his residency at S12, he created site-specific glass and light installations and installed them at carefully chosen locations like the Leprosy Museum, the old Prison, Festplassen and the Railway station. Within the city his objects and light installations created a dialogue with the architecture and history of Bergen. These installations resulted in a series of photographs that were displayed in the exhibition “Present in Place”, alongside of the objects that were used in their creation. The exhibition attracted a great deal of attention, both while Aric was working on it in the Studio, when he was travelling with all his glass domes around the city and last but not least, when the whole result was displayed in S12.
Aric did leave behind objects – spheres, that were an attempt at making a production item that could be produced at a low price point to be sold in the gallery. It was a chance for him to question his own opinions about design and begin to form an identity as a designer. Since the residency in 2012, his first designs were released with the Danish brand Holmegaard in 2015 and again in 2016. http://www.holmegaard.com/designers/other-designers/aric-snee
“While I pursue my design practice I am constantly finding connections between design and sculpture. By changing the context of a work, where it is seen or used, the meaning can be changed. What once was art becomes design and likewise, what was design transforms into art. The differences between the two once separate disciplines are in a constant state of flux, at times entirely indistinguishable. My sculpture occupies a region where craft, fine art and industrial fabrication intersect; I combine the practice of design and craft in the service of art. I create installations that are spaces of creativity and discovery, both art studio and scientific laboratory. They are experiments that address light and space, the nature of objects; they are models that offer solutions to the challenges of architecture and design. Through this arrangement I suggest possible ways of intervening in and controlling space, of exploring phenomenological experience.“
Aric Snee has worked with glass in studio, academic, and factory environments, and sees a rich connection in all of these experiences. After studying glassworking at Salisbury University in Salisbury, and the Canberra School of Art in Australia, Snee worked in several private studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he began to develop a dialogue between studio glass and his traditional factory training and technique. He has also worked as a master glassworker at Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., while pursuing his own interests as an independent artist. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Alfred University in New York, and currently works as a gaffer at The Corning Museum of Glass.