Paola Ferrario (L), William Martin (R)
Of Silver and Steel explores the aesthetic of mechanical and industrial creation through photographs and sculpture. Inspired by "industrial archaeology and landscape," Ferrario and Martin have created an exhibition that "allows the viewer to witness the metamorphosis of reality that is often perceived as ominous, aggressive and dirty into visual into visual solutions which are joyful and elegant."
Paola Ferrario's imagery, culled from factory interiors or industrial wastelands, offers "evidence of a past that has shed its glory." Her photographs hint at a "quasi-sentimental narrative which emphasizes the sense of awe created by these dilapidated monuments of America's industrial past."
Ferrario has shown her photographs in galleries and museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She teaches photography at RI College in Providence.
William Martin uses the language of machinery to make sculptures, which are themselves, functionless machines. A master craftsman, Martin combines wood and steel components to create intriguing forms that rely on simple and antiquated technologies. In his work," craftsmanship, scale, and materials are used in a way that give the viewer a sense of believability, inviting and defying them to imagine the object's purpose." Martin has shown his work extensively and is a recipient of the Blanche E. Coleman Grant. He is an Associate Professor of sculpture at Rhode Island College in Providence.