What is your background in the arts and how did you end up in NYC?
I was always making things as a child. I would take anything apart and put it back together to learn how things were made and worked. I also learned that I could communicate human emotions though making sculpture easier than by using speech… I found a voice in making sculpture. This lead me to Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where I received a BA in Fine Art and found myself working for several inventors in the Boston / Cambridge area after university. I came to NYC to pursue the woman I was dating at the time (now my wife, Amita Starosielski) who took a new position in NYC 2009. New York has such incredible motion and my work is full of motion, so it is a perfect location for me to develop my ongoing series Constant Motion.
I like to get out into the world and observe the silent interaction of the human race. Acting as a designer, artist, electrician, photographer, and architect, I capture images of this motion and make collages of these interactions into back lit duratrans. Then I insert these duratrans in illuminated five feet long glass cylinders that rotate. These machines are complex, costly and intricate to fabricate, working with glass, stainless steel, electricity, cold cathode lighting and photography to pull all this off.
What project are you currently working on and do you have any exhibitions coming up?
I’m working on a series called Constant Motion, kinetic sculptures, that isolates the moments of intersection that we all pass through as we are off getting to our next location of significance. At times disregarding what is next to us, as we are focused on getting to our destination…and once we arrive, thoughts may pass on how we may have missed something that would make the end worth reaching. I’m incredibly fortunate to have my wife, Amita, at my end. Yet I still see the disconnect in many around me and continue to speak for the silent. I’m looking to display these works in a public space where the audience can see themselves in the work and perhaps think they should grab and kiss the person next to them!
Eric Starosielski’s work can be found at Judith Charles Gallery.
Interview and photogrpahy by Jamie Martinez
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