By: Dominique Mills, Seraphin Gallery Intern
Edited by: Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director
Laura Sallade is currently part of a three person show at Seraphin Gallery. Her two-dimensional works observe how light inhibits and reveals space. Where other artists use light as a base, Sallade uses light as a medium. The artist uses mylar, glass and metal to engage or disengage with her source, manipulating through the processes of chemical reactions and optical transformations.
In Vessel for Light no. 4, silver nitrate swirls on glass like oil on water. From the top left of the piece, it flows downward and pools in the lower right portion of the work-- creating a puddle of silver. The eye is taken along a journey, following the swooping organic flow of metallic brilliancy. The delicate glass allows light to past through the negative space and is contained by the hand-welded steel frame.
In Window, Study no. 2 the square lines of the frame are echoed and reiterated by the square format of the mirror. The mirror is divided into individual pieces, creating a vertical sequence of reflected line. The intervals in the etched glass allow the viewer to see past the foreground to what lies beneath-- erect spills of silver nitrate that seem to fall slowly as if weighted by gravity. The result is a frame within a frame, the square panes of the steel containment create the window, which allows the viewer to see through the piece to the wall. The second frame, another echoed square, creates a window within this portal, but now instead of looking through, the viewer is confronted with their own image in reflection.
When viewing Wash, Study no. 1 the eye begins to trace the top left corner where the silver is first applied. The silver spreads, leading towards the center of the work, where a reflection is formed in the glass. The silver is nearly transparent allowing a glimpse of the unique drawing underneath. The drawing consists of meticulously applied lines that are horizontally arranged in continuous rows and distributed by line weight. Heavy weighted lines combine with the foreground where the silver is most concentrated, creating subtle tonal nuances in the rich dark pools of silver. The artist is fascinated by the interaction of order and chaos. The repetitious, ordered lines weave in and out of sight behind the sprawling form of metallic medium. They inform each other; cooperate and oppose.
Laura Sallade’s interest in light is in capturing fleeting moments in an enduring medium. Her work is a study of conflicting concepts. Light transcends space, extending beyond and reflecting back simultaneously. She immortalizes its radiance while using her focused mark making to direct her process. Her controlled system allows her to explore form freely, with each piece juxtaposing and combining the analytical with the instinctual, further extending our understanding of science and art together.
Laura Sallade earned a Certificate of Sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been featured at the Woodmere Art Museum, and her work is also a part of the collection at the PAFA Museum. Her works are also featured in the public collections of the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, Dualtone Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee and Anthropologie Clothing Stores in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chelsea, New York. Awards include the 2014 PAFA Fellowship Prize and the Jurors Award from the Philadelphia Sketchclub.