Harriet Salmon - Surface Area / by jac lahav

The 42 Social Club in Lyme, Connecticut is pleased to announce it’s inaugural exhibition, Surface Area, new works from Brooklyn based artist Harriet Salmon.

Hailing from a family of scientists and trained as a sculptor, it seems natural that Salmon’s initial point of departure can be seen as asking the question “how is it made”? This question is played out in various modalities; how objects are made in nature; how human beings aspire to make, and what it means to make. In a selection of drawings and sculptures Salmon interrogates these positions.

Commanding the central gallery space, a luminescent tetrahedron sculpture is the viewers’ first encounter. The minimalist geometric sculpture evokes both the natural and manufactured incarnations of the tetrahedron; a basic shape found in molecular structures as well a form utilized in radar technology, geology, engineering and color space theory.   

In a suite of drawings Salmon approaches the scientific etchings of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, renowned as an innovator in cellular research and an extremely talented draftsman. Salmon deals with Haeckel's monolithic amoeboid’s by conflating their imagery with design elements reminiscent of science fiction illustration and  heavy metal album cover art - the hybrid of which is an homage to the language of the absolutism in Victorian thought and modernist design.

Harriet Salmon holds a BFA from California College of the Arts (2001) and an MFA from Yale University School of Art (2006). She participated in Socrates Sculpture Parkʼs Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2008 and attended The MacDowell Colony residency in 2009. She has been included in various group exhibitions in New York at the Journal Gallery, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Postmasters Gallery, among others. Salmon currently lives and works in Brooklyn.