April Fiber Art Picks!

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Cotton and polyester
56” x 18” x 4”
Courtesy of the gallery

Cloudminers
March 1 – April 12, 2019

Geary

A solo exhibition by artist David B. Smith, Cloudminers, is “an externalization of personal and collective daydreams.” Smith sources his textile-based sculptures and pieces from collective digital memories: video game screengrabs, Youtube videos, and personal images from social media. After altering them in Photoshop, they are Jacquard woven and then further altered by the hand through embroidery, piecing, and appliqué. In blending accessible digital production tools with traditional handmade craft techniques, Smith constructs parallel realities of individual and communal agency to envision and create the future.

 

 

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Horse, 2019
Cotton, wool, linen and ink
43” x 30”
Courtesy of the gallery

Christina Forrer
March 2 – April 13, 2019

Luhring Augustine

Her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Christina Forrer’s tapestries and works on paper display turbulent compositions of psychological spaces, inhabited by clashing and embracing stylized figures. Who is attacking and who is attacked? On the occasion of the exhibition, the gallery will also publish an artist’s book by Forrer. Twenty copies of the book will each include a unique drawing by the artist.

 

 

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Katrina Majkut
Sabre Drink Test Kit, 2018
Thread on aida cloth
9” x 9”
Courtesy of the gallery

Narrative Threads
March 27 – April 24, 2019

Project for Empty Space

Narrative Threads is a group exhibition of work by Aimee Gilmore, Katrina Majkut, Julie Marie Seibert, fayemi shakur, Sara Jimenez, and Sophia Wallace. This exhibition is a culmination of work created by the artists during their residency at the annual Feminist Incubator. Sharing the idea of connectivity through reconstructed (or newly constructed) narratives, each of these six cultural practitioners use their own unique disciplines, poetry, textile/thread based work, performance, book arts, and interactive installation, to name a few, to reclaim autonomy, agency, and ownership through storytelling. Every project within this exhibition is built on the voices of many contributors, whether through active collaborations, paying homage to contemporary Women of Color making dynamic socio-political shifts, or invitation for self-generated narratives.

 

 

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Space Poetry Embroidery II, 2017
From the series  Inner Telescope
Thread on linen
8 ⅝” x 12 ½”
Courtesy of the gallery

Eduardo Kac: Inner Telescope
March 23 – May 11, 2019

Henrique Faria

Eduardo Kac’s first solo exhibition in the gallery, this exhibition features artworks conceived specifically for zero gravity and realized in outer space with the cooperation of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Stemming from Kac’s career-long exploration of visual poetry, his new genre, termed Space Poetry, investigates the elimination of gravity to see how feelings of weightlessness affect human experience and language. In the series, Inner Telescope, Kac presents “a liberating act that would behave according to a different set of mechanics” through much research and work in overcoming gravity’s pull.

 

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Jump into Spring with these books!

Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing (2011)

by India Flint

This beautifully photographed and illustrated book is all about the achievable ways to care for the planet through making choices towards simpler living, especially regarding cloth and clothing. As a heartfelt and practical guide, this book looks at consumption effects on ecology, what textiles are made from, and mending, maintaining, and repurposing clothing. A “gallery” chapter showcases the works of designers and artists who base their practice on salvaged materials: Natalie Chanin (Alabama), Jude Hill (Long Island), Christine Mauersberger (Cleveland), and Dorothy Caldwell (Hastings, Ontario).

Natural Processes in Textile Art: From Rust-dyeing to Found Objects (2015)

by Alice Fox

Invite the rhythms of nature into your craft, from rust dyeing to found and scavenged items. This is the first book dedicated to using natural processes in textile artwork, and includes advice and techniques on working creatively with what’s close at hand. From how-to projects to examples from contemporary artists, this book invites a cultivation of a practice based on respect for the environment, bringing about a strong sense of place, calmness, and contentment.

The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and Making of the Feminine (1984, 2010)

by Rozsika Parker

This classic book was one of the first to re-evaluate the relationship between women and embroidery, bringing stitchery out from female domesticity into the world of fine arts. In the 2010 edition, the updated introduction revitalizes Parker’s words with the exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as works of numerous young female and male embroiders. Lastly, this book also discusses the contradictory nature of women’s experience of embroidery: how it had instilled female subservience while also providing a creative and social bond between female embroiders.

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