2015 Stephen Talasnik

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center chose NYC based artist Stephen Talasnik for its 2015 Artist Residency program. He created aquatic architecture with a series of floating reed structures in Manitoga's Quarry Pool adjacent to the original home of modernist designer Russel Wright in Garrison New York.

ARTIST RESIDENCY 2015

The Artist Residency program was initiated in 2014 to foster creative responses to Manitoga that invoke Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place.

Stephen Talasnik's Sanctuary:
A temporary installation of aquatic architecture

May 1 through November 9, 2015

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center chose NYC based artist Stephen Talasnik for its 2015 Artist Residency program. He built a series of floating reed structures in Manitoga's Quarry Pool adjacent to the original home of modernist designer Russel Wright in Garrison New York.

Talasnik was drawn to Manitoga's seamless architecture and natural splendor. "There is an intimacy to the choreographed environment that engages the senses. It compels the individual to confront a very immediate and intimate space within a suggestively theatrical large-scale natural sanctuary".

Allison Cross, Manitoga’s Executive Director says of the selection of Talasnik, "Similar to Wright's intervention at Manitoga, Talasnik's work occupies the intersection of art, innovation, science and nature and enters into a profound dialogue with place."

SANCTUARY and Manitoga in the Press

The New York Times
New Vigor at Designers Wooded Hideaway
Interior Design Magazine
Stephen Talasnik Creates Aquatic Architecture at Russel Wright Design Center
Architectural Digest
Russel Wright's Designs Come Alive in a New Artist Residency Program 

WAMC's The Roundtable
Stephen Talasnik's SANCTUARY at Manitoga

Conde Nast Traveller
Day Trip From NYC: Manitoga, a Retreat for Design Lovers 
Archinect.com
Artist Stephen Talasnik considers the legacy of mid-century design Russel Wright

About Stephen Talasnik

Inspired by the aesthetics of engineering, Talasnik's sculptural works intersect with his ongoing studio investigation of drawing. Intrigued with skeletal hand built structures, his approach to building is informed by his years of residency and travel in the Far East where he studied the traditions of indigenous hand built systems that employ natural materials.

Talasnik's work is included in major international collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Pompidou in Paris; British Museum, London; The Albertina, Vienna; and The State Museum of Berlin. Additional information about the artist is available at www.stephentalasnik.com.

2015 Artist Residency Host Committee

Lead Sponsors
David & Nanci Heller McAlpin

Sponsors
Atlas Industries, Christopher Buck, Christopher Jara & Donald Taffurelli, Gary & Laura Maurer, Marilyn & Jim Simons 

Contributors
Lyn Fischbach, Tom Krizmanic, Dan Macey & Paul Savidge, Frank B R Sahm Jr. Charitable Foundation 

Supporters
Donald Albrecht, Robert Aresty, Sidney Babcock & Jose Romeu, Bill Burback & Peter Hofmann, Joe Chapman, Allison Cross & Henry Nye, James & Kara Cross, David Diamond & Karen Zukowski, Dorothy Dunn & Steve Brosnahan, Sibyl R. Golden, Celia Imrey, Jack & Cheryl Lenhart, Melissa Meyers & Wilbur Foster, Anne & Fred Osborn, Cathy Kuttner Polich & Dick Polich, Frederic C. Rich, Rockwell Group, William A. Roos IV & Scott H. Olsen. Don Watson & Linda Thomas, Aleta Wolfe. List in formation

Sanctuary was made possible in part by a grant from NYSCA's Arts Culture and Heritage Project awarded through through the Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

Design and Fabrication: Stephen Talasnik
Fabrication: Ye Qin Zhu
Installation Staff: Yoshi Sergel, Ken Wright
Installation and Exhibition Design: WARS | We Are Rocket Science
Consulting Naval Architects: Persak and Wurmfeld
Site Photography: Don Pollard
Fabrication Studios: Atlas Industries, Newburgh, NY

Photos: Don Pollard