Artist-in-Residence: Stephen Cohen

June 19-July 17
The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE Salem

During his residency in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center, Stephen Cohen will create a, “very, very big, playable string instrument using wood, metals and found objects.” Part sculpture, part musical instrument, the piece will stand 10 feet high, three feet deep, and five feet across.  There will be public access to the planning and building process of the project, where people can watch and participate in the creation of the instrument, assisting him and a guest team of artists, musicians, and instrument makers in the process. The instrument, when complete, will be accessible to the public to view and play, including during the Salem Art Fair & Festival. Sculptural wooden steps will be created so instrument players can reach and pluck the strings up and down the instrument. Stephen will also compose music using the completed instrument and stage interactive performances using the instrument while it is exhibited. Stephen is a performing and recording artist, visual artist, composer, singer/songwriter, and filmmaker based in Oregon. He holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Oregon, where he focused on Jewelry and Metalsmithing.

Salem Art Association exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm.

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