June Fiber Art Picks!
Comprised of three large Jacquard tapestries from the Some People Tapestry Cycle, two monoprints from the Frieze series, and a selection of screen prints, Distant Mirrors explores notions of cultural conflict and the cyclical nature of human struggle. The exhibition is the second solo show of works by Aziz + Cucher (Anthony Aziz + Sammy Cucher). Fusing historical processes and contemporary imagery, Aziz + Cucher capture the collective sense of modern-day dysphoria in multilayered scenes of chaos, conflict, jubilation, industry, absurdity, and ambiguity.
Abdoulaye Konaté: Couleurs d’âme
Couleurs d’âme (Soul Colours) is Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté’s first U.S. solo exhibition of his new abstract work, accompanied by several examples of landmark earlier pieces that illustrate the artist’s progression over time towards purely abstract compositions. Widely recognized as one of West Africa’s preeminent artists, Konaté is known for compositions in dyed and woven Malian cotton that combine symbolic references and material associations, and balance global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.
The Site of Memory
Organized with the artist’s estate, The Site of Memory marks Bucher’s first solo presentation since her landmark survey last year at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, and her first with Lehmann Maupin. Heidi Bucher (b. 1926 Winterthur, Switzerland; d. 1993, Brunnen, Switzerland) is best known for her innovative use of latex to cast large-scale architectural features, including entire buildings. Bucher referred to these castings as “skinnings” or “moultings,” imbuing these captured spaces with animal or biological attributes.
Soft Territories is a group exhibition presenting works by Victoria Manganiello, Simón Sepúlveda, and Sarah Zapata, exploring the ways in which notions of movement, migration, and locality are expressed in contemporary textile practices. The warp and weft of the loom – the basic structure of textiles being composed of longitudinal and transverse components – echoes current critical thinking about verticality and horizontality in social and economic structures. In the artworks included, the intersection of the two planes of woven thread express ideas about politics, territories, technologies, and interactions, while enabling spaces of softness, warmth, and shelter.
Blanka Amezkua w/Luis Sierra
Hand & I
Hand & I brings together nineteen artists who use the delicate medium of embroidery to address society’s most pressing issues. While the Hand patiently makes stitch after stitch— straight, backwards, stem, chain or blind—the I presides over a resounding call for resistance to inhumane social policy. These artists address the difficult problems of climate, race, gender, immigration, and the U.S. prison system—their needlework a cri de coeur for social justice. Small stitches tackling big problems is fundamental to the creativity and vision of the growing community of “craftivists” who deploy the panoply of domestic arts in the service of the disenfranchised. It is the singular durability and persistent visibility of embroidery that inspires the contemporary artists in this exhibition.
Asya Geisberg Gallery
Ariadne Unraveling is an exhibition of eight artists who work with weaving, tapestry, yarn and thread: Samantha Bittman, Liz Collins, Hannah Epstein (current Work in Progress resident), Desire Moheb-Zandi, Sophia Narrett, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Katarina Riesing, and Rachel Mica Weiss. Their work both deconstructs the woven medium and pushes it towards a multi-media approach, be it painting, sculpture, drawing, or installation.
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