Friday, June 24, 2011

Trace Evidence Review

Be sure to read the blog posting on the recent Trace Evidence Symposium at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina State University Raleigh and the Traces exhibit, curated by Barbara Lee Smith, and Smith's adjacent solo exhibition, Pull of the Moon.

Symposium Review: “Trace Evidence” @NCSU/Raleigh
by Surface Design Journal Editor Patricia Malarcher on May 31, 2011

"...The Traces exhibition featured nine artists whose skills and visions have been honed over decades. It will be reviewed in a forthcoming issue of the Surface Design Journal. Here it’s enough to mention its validation of process as a pathway to art. That could also be said of Pull of the Moon, a companion exhibition of Barbara Lee Smith’s recent pieced and sewn landscapes in an adjacent space..."

Installation view of Traces. Notice the large work by Marian Bijlenga, Palimpsest #1. We were honored to exhibit this piece at SOFA Chicago, too!

Installation view of Pull of the Moon. 

Selected text and images courtesy of Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jane Kenyon at SDA Conference

Jane Kenyon sent me two photos of her exhibit "Transformation" at the Surface Design Association's 2011 conference, Confluence. I wish I were there for so many reasons! I would love to see Jane's pieces in person, they're magical.

Lanny Bergner also gave a presentation on his studio process. I'll be sure to post a recap of that here at some point. I would also love to have heard Barbara Lee Smith's closing address, Open to Interpretation. Here's an image of her work:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Marian Bijlenga continues to amaze me...

Marian Bijlenga's contemporary textiles will be included in the exhibition 'Woven World' at the Museum of Fine Arts and Tapestry, Tournai, Belgium. There are also five amazing additional sites for fiber works: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 17th C Halle-aux-Draps, the 18th C Church of the Episcopal Seminary, the 19th C Tapestry Museum, 20th C Musée des Beaux-Arts, and the Town Hall Crypt, Belfry. Wow!

Notre Dame

Below are some of Marian's works in the show:

Palimpsest 2

We exhibited this piece, Palimpsest 5, in the Scottsdale gallery, and it's fantastic! 98" x 98", very dramatic.

I am fantasizing about hopping on a plane to go see the installation in Notre Dame - it's one of my favorite buildings in the world and the artwork just looks stunning.

Episcopal Seminary

The show runs June 10 - August 25, 2011. Peruse the website here:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Studio visit with Jean Larson

Last week I met up with Jean Larson in her Michigan studio, and she gave a quick tour of the paintings for her upcoming Florida solo exhibition. The entire show is comprised of paintings of hummingbirds - spare, delicate, with deep ethereal backgrounds - something Jean loves to paint.

Shortly after this visit, Jean was off to Iceland to meet with the curator of the National Library in Reykjavik, about an exhibition of her photographs of Iceland. Jean has fallen in love with this country and it's having a profound and wonderful affect on her artwork. I'll be posting photos of her paintings of Iceland soon. You can see some of the photographs here.