Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts presents ASH/ Ken Reker/ selected works 1992-2022 from August 17 through September 15 in Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. ASH is an exhibition of artworks assembled in an installation that represents a 30-year period of artistic process. This show is created and curated by artist Ken Reker, a professor of art + design at Salem State University.
Reker notes that “The exhibition is not a traditional retrospective as such, but operates as a new and unique curatorial opportunity. The installation utilizes both past and current work, coaxing new forms and establishing unexpected relationships. After many years of making work, I am in the privileged position of having a large oeuvre of work that, in this project, is utilized as ‘raw material’ to be reformed, assembled and curated. The nature of my artistic production and process lies within the genre of assemblage. Assemblage is art that is made by assembling disparate elements, often everyday objects and found materials that are scavenged by the artist.
My process is multifarious in nature and often begins with a found image or an object. Through philosophical inquiry and material investigation, the work is developed through accretion over time. It is guided by my curiosity and levity throughout the process. Much of this body of work is inextricably linked to both my pedagogical and curatorial practices.”
The public is invited to an artist reception on Friday, September 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
- Monday, 12-3 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 am-1 pm
- Friday, 2-5 pm (Friday, September 9, 1-4 pm)
- Saturday, 1-6 pm (Saturday, September 10, 10 am-3 pm)
- Sunday, 11 am-3 pm
Additional exhibition events
Reception: Friday, September 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 14, 12:30 pm at the MLK Room, Ellison Campus Center and on Zoom.
- Saturday, August 27, 2-3 pm in Old Town Hall
- Wednesday, September 7, 12-1 pm in Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall
32 Derby Square, Salem
Karen A Gahagan