July 1 - August 28
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 26, 4 - 6
Room 83 Spring is pleased to welcome its summer artists-in-residence, Erik Grau, Marta Kaemmer, and Crislin Waldman, all members of Boston’s Musa Collective, an artist owned and operated gallery space in Brighton. The three met while enrolled in Boston University’s MFA painting and sculpture program in 2009.
During the summer residency, Erik, Marta, and Crislin plan to utilize the common workspace at Room 83 Spring to share ideas, materials, and imagery in order to create a unique environment. The work will focus on exploration and collaboration in an effort to make paintings and sculptures that respond to each other's visions and ideas.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Erik Grau Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Erik studied sculpture at Carroll University before moving to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue an MFA in sculpture. His early work focused on political ideas surrounding factory farming. After graduating from Boston University, Erik studied Applied Behavior Analysis and Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and began working full time as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Boston Public Schools Kindergarten inclusion teacher. As a result, the home environment has become increasingly more important to him. The need for quiet stillness as a break from the challenging and energetic workday has motivated him to curate a home filled with crystals and cat knick-knacks. These items are arranged in the home in a way that addresses repetition and order. His paintings focus on the positive energy associated with crystals and minerals, and incorporate his specific interest in cats in the depictions of his immediate home environment. Erik is also the President of the Piano Craft Gallery, a historic non-profit gallery located in Boston’s South End.
Marta Kaemmer Born in Zimbabwe, Marta spent her teenage and college years in the Midwest before moving to Austria. She had numerous exhibitions in Austria before returning to the United States to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Boston University in 2011. Trained as a painter, her interest in materials keeps her moving between media and has included printmaking, sculpture and textiles in her work. She currently has a studio at Waltham Mills in Waltham, MA.
Crislin Waldman Crislin lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her family. She has always had an interest in creating, and has explored a wide range of art-making processes, which include painting, film, drawing, and print-making. Crislin focused her drawing and painting skills while attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before completing her MFA in painting at Boston University. She has had a rich background in art instruction both at Boston University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and brings her knowledge of art-making, materials, and processes to her own visual artwork. Crislin’s work investigates themes such as the transience of beauty and the nature of painting in relation to transformation, the impermanence of memory, and the fleeting fragile qualities of life. Her work focuses on natural forms that change over time that display the qualities of fragility and vulnerability. Crilsin’s work also examines the loss and the regaining of a form, with a focus on the speed and movement that contradict the stillness of the subject matter. Observation of light, reflection, transparency and opacity, and slow transformation also inform Crislin’s paintings.