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Gallery Talk for FLOE: A Climate of Risk with Stephen Talasnik

November 4, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Gallery Talk for FLOE: A Climate of Risk with Stephen Talasnik | Sat, Nov. 4, 2023 | 11:00 – 12 pm ET | In-person at the Museum for Art in Wood

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Join the Museum for Art in Wood for an in-depth conversation with world-renowned sculpture and installation artist Stephen Talasnik on his latest exhibition, FLOE: A Climate of Risk | The Fictional Archaeology of Stephen Talasnik. Talasnik, who grew up and was educated in Philadelphia, poses his hometown for his “fictional archaeology” of a  natural disaster brought on by climate change; the evidence is revealed in the collection of unearthed artifacts presented in the exhibition. FLOE features an imaginative and mesmerizing installation by Talasnik illustrated in wood, bamboo, and composite materials. The exhibition also includes works from the Museum’s permanent collection, curated by Talasnik and selected to represent the remnants of a lost world.

Pictured above: Stephen Talasnik, Leaning Globe (Photo Jeffrey Scott French)

Portrait of Stephen Talasnik by Liam Talasnik

Stephen Talasnik is a native Philadelphian, growing up in Southwest Philly and Mt.Airy. He attended Central High School and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and the Tyler School of Art (MFA) both Rome and Philadelphia campuses.

After a short career as a political cartoonist at the Atlantic City Press he moved back to Philadelphia to become the first Exhibitions Coordinator at the Fleisher Art Memorial where he spent six years developing the Challenge Exhibitions Program as well as maintaining his studio practice in Drawing.

He moved to Tokyo for three years where he taught art at Temple University’ branch campus. In addition to maintaining his studio in New York City, continued to commute to Japan, traveling throughout the Far East studying indigenous architecture in Thailand, Malaysia , and The Philippines .

His Drawings took him to spend later years exhibiting in Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, and Moscow.

After drawing exclusively for 20 years, he started making sculpture informed by his time in the FarEast. His first piece of Land Art was hosted by the Storm King Art Center in NY with additional large scale installations at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, the Denver Botanic Gardens, CO; and the Architektur Galerie Berlin. His Drawings are in major international collections at The British Museum, London ; the Pompidou Centre,Paris; The Albertina , Vienna; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY to name just a few.

He continues to draw and build in his Brooklyn studio.


This event is free to the public. The Museum for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.


Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, at [email protected].


November 4, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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