Whether the weather map reads 73 or 33 degrees, we can definitely say... it's time for the Spring Salon!
Join us for an evening bringing together all disciplines of art - from different forms of music to design, humor, theatre and visual art. We are building a community open to all the arts--high-brow, low-brow, popular, classic, traditional, experimental, and everything in between--and committed to audiences' exploration and exposure to different viewpoints and experiences.
The Salon will be held April 26th at a loft in DUMBO at 7:00pm. RSVP below and the address will be sent to you the week of the event.
Understanding the Conversation Around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre
Lauren Sullivan is the Executive Director of The Salon and the Marketing Assistant for Walker International Communications Group. She is pursuing her MA in Theatre History and Criticism at Brooklyn College. She formerly worked as Literary Manager and Dramaturg for the B Street Theatre and California Stage Theater Co of Sacramento, CA, and is a proud member of the Literary Members and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Lauren is happy to have found a community that shares her passion for honest curiosity, diversity, free expression, and unbounded thought. She looks forward to building and expanding The Salon's bright future.
Nandini Vehlo--DS Wildlife Biologist
Erik La Prade--Poet
Erik La Prade has a B.A. and M.A. from City College. Some of his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, ArtCritical, TETHER #3, THE SIENESE SHREDDER, Art in America, THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN ART, 2016, CAPTURED: A History of Film and Video on The Lower East Side. His current book of poems is NEGLECTED POWERS. LAST WORD PRESS. 2017.
Damien Olsen--Multimedia Artist
American Multidisciplinary Artist based in NYC. Born to an immigrant Russian family and moved to Brazil where resided until the late 90s. Although never formally studied Art, he started selling drawings and paintings at a very young age and later on developed professionally as a sculptor and photographer. In the middle 70s, while being a student of Psychology and Contemporary dance he worked as a photographer assistant and advertising designer. After few years of college he dropped Psychology school to pursue a career in contemporary dance that lasted for near 12 years. At the time studied Zen and Taoism at a Zen Center commanded by Robert Aitken Roshi and trained Capoeira in several academies in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
In the late 90s moved to New York and continued to work in many forms of visual arts and music. Initially supported by Art dealers Mr. Ivan Karp from the Ok Harris Gallery; and the expert in Constructivism, Mrs. Cecilia de Torres. From 2003 to 2006 he studied music composition and Jazz improvisation with ECM Artist, the Finnish Guitar Player and Composer Raoul Bjorkenheim.
Through over 4 decades of permanent activity Damien Olsen developed a consistent and vast body of work that features paintings, artist books, collected objects, assemblages, photographs and sculptures. His series of shelves or cabinets of curiosities for instance resemble geological/anthropological samples with no subtle or merely symbolic allusions to Architecture, Philosophy, Sexuality, Psychology, Paleontology and Natural History.
Since 2000 he has been creating Abstract Paintings and Sculptures from a technique that he call “ Involuntary Action" where he leaves practically free action to nature, gravity, climatic conditions and time to affect a blend of antagonist substances and different types of paint that by using water spry as a brush, the resulting images suggest imaginary maps, geographical accidents and aerial views.