To kick off the new year, I will have work in “Textility,” a big
exhibition at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey that brings together
28 artists who use (or reference) fiber and cloth in their
Co-curators Mary Birmingham and Joanne Mattera coined the word “textility” to describe a new sensibility that they divide into three separate categories: paintings without paint (and its corollary, drawing without
pencil), textiles without thread, and idiosyncratic work made with a
strong focus on materiality and process. I’m looking forward to seeing this
huge three-gallery survey that goes beyond “fiber art” to explore ways in which fabric, fiber, and sewing are infiltrating contemporary art practice.
Participating artists: Joell Baxter, Caroline Burton, Sharon Butler,
Mary Carlson, Jennifer Cecere, Pip Culbert, Elisa D’Arrigo, Grace
DeGennaro, Barbara Ellmann, Carly Glovinski, Elana Herzog, Marietta
Hoferer, Nava Lubelski, Stephen Maine, Lael Marshall, Derek Melander,
Sam Messenger, Sam Moyer, Lalani Nan, Aric Obrosey, Gelah Penn, Debra
Ramsay, Susan Still Scott, Arlene Shechet, Susanna Starr, Leslie Wayne,
Ken Weathersby and Peter Weber.
The exhibition opens on Friday, January 13, 6-8pm. A fully illustrated catalog that includes essays by both curators will accompany the show. The exhibition runs through April 1, 2012.
Save the date: On Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, join us for a talk with the artists and curators.
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