Study Groups: Presentation by Carmelle Safdie


November 11, 2020 19.30

Color Options for April 24, 2013 [detail]
Soft pastel, oil pastel, and rubbing wax on newsprint mounted onto paper
Courtesy Carmelle Safdie
SALT Online YouTube Channel

“Relational Archiving: Color Theory and Memory, on the Irwin Rubin Archive and the Vera Ronnen Archive”

As part of SALT’s Study Groups, Sena Başöz invites New York-based artist Carmelle Safdie to discuss her recent involvement with two inherited archives, their relation to her broader artistic output, as well as the ways to reimagine conventional archiving through Josef Albers’ theory of Color Relativity. The conversation will include her work on the Irwin Rubin Archive, established in 2019 to preserve the artworks and teachings of Rubin (1930-2006), Safdie’s former Color Theory professor. She will also describe how she works with materials from the enamel studio of Vera Ronnen (1930-2015), her maternal grandmother, and the mastery of Ronen’s medium and craft as yet another form of archiving.

The second presentation of the online workshop on archives and regeneration by artist Sena Başöz, this public program will be held in English, and will be broadcasted at SALT Online YouTube Channel.

Carmelle Safdie has participated in three biennial exhibitions at the Queens Museum, where she exhibited a commissioned installation in 2012. Major works have also been shown at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in NYC, Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT, and Palazzo Cavour in Turin, Italy. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA in Painting from Bard College, where she met Başöz in the summer of 2009.