Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here is the press release for SALVAGE. This piece, STANCE will be featured in the show.
It's not easy being green, especially if you run a museum. However two Franklin & Marshall graduates (May, 2009) have challenged both artists and F&M's Phillips Museum to "go green" with their innovative exhibit "SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling." The exhibit will run Sept. 3-Oct. 29, 2009 in the Rothman Gallery and the Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery of the Museum. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 PM in the Rothman Gallery. A screening of the film “The Story of Stuff” will be part of the day’s events, where artists will view a video of juror, Linda Cunningham, speaking of her selections and the exhibition.
With current emphasis on green initiatives, have you found the recycling motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” stale?
"The exhibit, comprising 100% used and found objects, will challenge people to rethink their relationships with 'disposable' objects," said Christine Batta, one of the student curators. "We want to challenge artists to reduce their carbon footprint, while making the public more aware of the different ways one can be more sustainable" added co-curator Nicole DeAugustine.
The former art history and anthropology double majors are both interested in green initiatives on the campus, as well as fine art's capacity to take the lead in social change. “We are hoping this show will help to emphasize the possibilities of re-use and recycling, salvaged and found object creativity. We’re also hoping that our campus will rise to the challenge of creative re-use,” stated Claire Giblin, curator of the Phillips Museum.
Works in the exhibit will be culled from a national call to artists, explained Batta, and will be juried by Bronx, N.Y. artist and sculptor Linda Cunningham. Cunningham is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor of Art Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall.
In addition, the exhibition seeks to challenge the Phillips Museum to be environmentally responsible by using “green’ materials for all office activities related to the exhibition.
“Everything can be art and it is so exciting to see what people can do with used, found, and salvaged materials. The exhibit is not just about art, but art working as a catalyst and challenging the way we think as a whole,” commented Eliza Reilly, director of The Phillips Museum.
To read more about Salvage, a blog documenting Batta's and DeAugustine's directing process is available online at http://exhibitingprogress.blogspot.com.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I will be in a group show this fall called LOOSE ENDS: Contemporary Fiber art at The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. This show includes work by Cathy Breslaw, Karen Searle, Carson Fox, Carole Beadle, Adrienne Sloane, and Mark Newport. The opening will be held on September 17th 5-7. I will give an artists talk during the reception and also a class in conjunction with the Knitwear event that will be held in the Lincoln Center that weekend. Should be a lot of fun.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The fine folks down at ARTLAB Fort Collins are creating a great creative community space in Old Town Fort Collins. They have taken over a vacant space on Mountain Avenue and offered the space up to Artists of all shapes and sizes to come in and get creative! They have asked me to install my DIGEST series in the space. I will be installing this Friday (July 24th) from 6 until.....it is up. Stop by and say hi. There will be music and plenty of creative types to entertain and amuse you..
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I found out today that two of my pieces were accepted into a show at The Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster, PA. This piece, "Twist Off" and a Zipper piece titled "Stance". Very excited about this opportunity. The curators of this exhibit, Christine Batta and Nicole DeAugustine are two graduating Art History and Anthropology seniors at Franklin & Marshall. They are documenting the process of creating this exhibit at a blog called Exhibiting Progress Pretty Cool. The opening will be in September, I will post again when it gets closer. woohoo!~