Roskin received his BFA degree in sculpture from Alfred
University, School of Art and Design, and then honed
his craft in a traditional English-style furniture apprenticeship.
He earned his MFA in Furniture design soon after at
the Rhode Island School of Design. He is now an assistant
professor at Hofstra University teaching sculpture and
believes that a firm footing in craft (whatever craft
that may be, from hand cutting dovetails to the perfectly
beaded TIG weld) is the first step to understanding
how to work a material toward successful expression.
Alex’s most recent work grew out of his reverence
for anatomy. His skeletal series reflects the seemingly
simple yet highly complex mechanics of this physical
armature. The skeletons’ hardened mineral forms
left behind in its peaceful retires after all else has
The function of furniture (the chair specifically) offers
a challenge to the maker, which is absent in a piece
made solely to be looked at. The scale, ergonomics,
engineering, and finally sculptural intent must all
be thoroughly examined and integrated for a piece to
succeed in this level of personal experience.
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