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Considering Mass and Density

We are pleased to present, in partnership with The Vanderbilt Republic (VR), Considering Mass and Density on view from 13-26 September 2021  at the Textile Arts Center. The exhibition features works by the artists who participated in the 12th cycle of the Textile Arts Center’s Artist in Residence program:

Jessica Elena Aquino

Francisco echo Eraso

Clare Hu

Jeanne F Jalandoni

Ryan Scails

Elaine Shen

Emily Small

Elizabeth Tolson

Opening Reception: September 13, 6-8pm

Textile Arts Center, 505 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY


For nine months, individually and collectively, the artists scoured the depths of ancestral knowledge to elucidate old technologies, comprehend their worlds, past and present, and develop a new criterion to inhabit their surroundings. They moved through time slowly, each thread building up, connecting, combining, and functioning as one. Throughout this time, making became a form of healing.

In the gallery, a handwoven tarp hanging from the ceiling, shaped and held by harnesses, displays imagery from Hu's life in Georgia, mended with patches and Lee's Surrender overshot weave, used to question monolithic narratives of the U.S "South”. Scails’ canvas drawings and dressed sculptures examine structure and materiality and their relationship to the body, labor and care. Modulated surfaces on quilted silk and cotton in Tolson’s work, invoke the passage of time, the concept of Space and its relationship with body cycles. Aquino’s large loom structure woven with wildflowers, cornhusks, rocks and collected objects, offers solace from heartbreak and invites guests to share from their own experience. In Shen’s work, an installation of sculpted white and blue nets reflects on expressions of familial love and care and the paradox of safety and entrapment. Jalandoni’s large scale figures combine oil painting with handmade and found textiles to celebrate and reclaim her Filipino American cultural identity in response to stereotypes created by US Imperialism. echo’s black and gold handwoven and felted textiles, reminiscent of popular Colombian garments interrogate the construction of national patrimony and cultural value. Tapestries, sculptures, and signs appear scattered throughout the exhibition signaling a near world end scenario as a means for Small to reflect on social and environmental changes, structures of safety, and grief.

A thread through the works in this exhibition emerges in the synchronized support systems ebbing and flowing through care. Each artist reaches into personal depths, navigating spaces beyond physicality. By manifesting through process, a facsimile of truth emerges - earlier forms peeking through transparent layers, fostering connections and relationships, like a palimpsest used again.

Cover Photo: Clare Hu


Gallery Hours: Sat-Thursday, 11am-7pm

Accessibility information: TAC is located on the first floor of 505 Carroll Street, in Brooklyn. The exhibition is accessible through steps at TAC’s main entrance, or through a low incline ramp (not ADA compliant) at street level. Entrance in the studio and the exhibition is free. Chairs with backs are available to guests upon request. There are three non-gender-segregated bathrooms in the studio space: one bathroom is wide and long enough to accommodate a wheelchair; the others are accessible through steps. Neither bathroom has grab bars. TAC is not a scent free space. One of the works in the exhibition includes an essential oil diffuser, which will be activated during the opening reception

COVID-19 Safety: Use of mask is mandatory at all times inside the TAC gallery and studio. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Covid-19 recently, we ask you to please stay home.


Press Contact: Isa Rodrigues, isa@textileartscenter.com

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