Meet Gabriela Salazar, Sybaris Collection’s new Featured Artist. In her work, Salazar examines the modes and measures of knowledge that are transmitted, visibly and invisibly, via structure and stuff. 

She approaches the built environment, her personal history, and material, as frameworks for site‑responsive installations, drawings, and sculpture that engage the relational and associative possibilities inherent in medium, architecture, the body, selfhood, and place. Throughout her practice runs a fascination with the phenomenology of site; the ways architecture is (mis)repurposed towards contemporary needs and uses; rule-making (and bending) as a strategy for uncovering idealizations and uncertainty in experience and expectations; and the large-and-small consequences of intentionality, ambition, limit, and failure.

Photo Courtesy of Gabriela Salazar

Education

2011 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

2009 M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design

2003 B.A. Yale University

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

2018  AIRspace Residency | Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

2016  Open Sessions | The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2016  MANA Contemporary BMST Residency | MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ |  curated by Amy Khoshbin

2015  ACE Grant (Carousel) | Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY

2014  Workspace Residency | Lower Manhattan Cultural Council , New York, NY

The Lighthouse Works Residency and Public Art Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY

Rema Hort Mann Grant Nominee

Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Nominee

2013 Smack Mellon “Hot Picks”

2012 Yaddo Residency (Louise Bourgeois Residency for a Sculptor)

2011 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Grant | RISD, Skowhegan

2010 Studio LLC Participant | Jamaica Center for Learning and the Arts, Queens, NY

2009 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency (Alternate), New York, NY

Award of Excellence | Rhode Island School of Design | Jurors: Mark Milloff and Norm Paris.

2008 Award of Excellence | Rhode Island School of Design | Juror: Ian Berry, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

2003 Berkeley College Arts Prize | Yale University

2002 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship | Yale-Norfolk Summer School of Art

Photo Courtesy of Gabriela Salazar

Exhibition Record

Solo: 

2016 Eye of Palm | Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 My Lands are Islands | NURTUREArt, Brooklyn, NY | Curator: Marco Antonini.

2014 In Advance of a Storm | The Lighthouse Works, Public Art Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY

2012 Site Set | Luchsinger Gallery at Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT
For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx) | Bronx River Arts Center (DOT Urban Arts Program) Bronx, NY

2010 Robert Moses, He Knows Us | flatbreadaffair, Brooklyn, NY

2004 Process to Present: Recent Work 2000-2003 | Anne Reid Gallery, Princeton, NJ

Group: 

2018

Queens International 2018: Volumes | Queens Museum, Queens, NY | Curators: Sophia Maria Lucas and Baseera Khan.
Indicators: Artists on Climate Change | Storm King Art Center, Cold Spring, NY | Curator: Nora Lawrence.
Sube el Río / River Rising | Starlight Park, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx NY | Curator: KaN Landscape Architecture
Isla: Regarding Paradise | Towson University, Towson, MD | Curator: Jacqueline Milad.

2017

Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions | The Drawing Center, New York, NY | Curators: Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway.
Care, A Performance | Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City,  MO | Curator: Risa Puleo.

2016

Surrogate Friend | Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ | Curator: Courtney Richter.