WEEK ONE: Kathy Bruce, Tom Marchetty, Aurora Robson, and SLO Architecture; Amanda Schacter and Alexander Levi.
Kathy Bruce “Earth Maidens”
Kathy Bruce concentrates mainly in outdoor sculptures which are site-specific. She uses a variety of natural materials and often uses those materials found on the sites of her installations. She explores the topics of archetypal and mythological forms often when it comes to her art. Bruce has been featured in many art publications (including Sculpture Magazine) and is additionally seasoned lecturer and professor.
Tom Marchetty “Pod Park”
Tom Marchetty has worked with metalworking all his life in his family’s machine shop and studied the skill at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Over the years, his shop began collecting the machinery of American factories that were forced to close due to increasing outsourced labor. In 2013 he opened The Factory Workers which would act as a versatile, community makerspace that houses reclaimed factory equipment and creates unique tables. Tom Marchetty has worked with multiple companies and philanthropies to create public, community centered art in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Aurora Robson “For Now”
Aurora Robson has worked with multi-media to create artwork that captures transformation, evolution, and dreams. Her work ranges from paintings, junk mail collages, reliefs, sculptures, to large scale public installations. She has had her work featured in multiple, prominent periodicals and has received internationally recognized grants. Aurora Robson has also recently founded Project Vortex, a collective of international artists who have promised to work exclusively with plastic debris in order to promote environmentally conscious art.
SLO Architecture; Amanda Schacter and Alexander Levi “Camden Turntable”
SLO Architecture co founded by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi. Schachter received her B.A. from Columbia College in New York and M.Arch from Princeton University. Levi received a B.A. Wesleyan University and a M.Arch from Yale University. SLO has won a number of awards in the past decade for their work and their goal is to use architecture as a means to bring about social activism in local communities.
WEEK TWO: Benoit Maubrey, Homer Jackson, Terreform One, and Erick J. Montgomery.
Benoit Maubrey–“Speaker Sculpture”
Benoit Maubrey graduated with his BA from Georgetown University and has worked since the 1970’s in Berlin and Baitz (Brandenburg.) While he is most famously known for his ‘sound sculptures’ featuring the repurposing of recycled stereos Benoit Maubrey has also worked with dance, light, and video projections to create various performance art installations. He has been awarded numerous grants, residencies, and awards over the past 30 years in addition to confounding the non-profit art organization Kunstpflug e.V, Baitz.
Homer Jackson–“Master Your Voice”
Homer Jackson graduated with his BFA from the Philadelphia College of the Arts and his MFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art. He now works with sound, live performance, found objects, and other video elements to tell a narrative as an interdisciplinary artist. For over 50 years, Homer Jackson has worked with communities to bring access to education and active creativity to the youth and at risk populations of the Philadelphia area.
Terreform One–“Bio-Informatic Digester”
“Terreform ONE is an architectural design group that integrates ecological and synthetic biological principles into the urban environment.” Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. He earned a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, and MArch Columbia University. Joachim has won many honors in the areas of modern planning, architecture, and design. His work has been exhibited globally.