On view at the Craft in America Study Center from June 16 – September 1, 2012
Opening reception and artist talk on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 5-7 PM, talk at 6PM
(Los Angeles, CA) In light of the imminent 2012 election, Craft in America proudly gathers together politically charged work by five contemporary textile innovators. This is a vast and varied group of exceptionally skilled artists who push the medium of fiber, and the traditional technique of weaving, into new realms. Their work redefines what weaving can be, in terms of method, material and meaning. Visually engulfing, boldly crafted, their messages speak loud and clear, causing us to reconsider the road our nation has paved and where we are heading.
Each of these five artists comes from a different aesthetic standpoint but they are unified by their desire to explore the expressive potential of fiber. Tanya Aguiñiga, who trained in furniture design, experiments with alternative weaving structures and explores concepts of border identity and ethnicity in her site-specific work. Connie Lippert is known for tapestries woven in the traditional Navajo wedge weave, here employed to map our world and question where we stand. Michael Rohde paints poetic, suggestive meditations on modern life in yarn, using strong geometry and vibrant color. Cameron Taylor-Brown uses the language of woven cloth to, in her words, “shape order out of chaos.” And Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s outspoken works in fiber challenging our conceptions of ethnic politics and calling into question social and economic hierarchies that exist in American life.
Each artist will give an lecture at the Study Center, schedule below. Reception from 5-7pm, talk begins at 6pm.
June 16, 2012, Cameron Taylor-Brown lecture
July 14, 2012, Randall Darwall & Brian Murphy lecture, 4pm
July 14, 2012, Connie Lippert lecture, Wedge Weave: Contemporary Interpretation of a Traditional Navajo Weaving Technique
July 21, 2012, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood lecture
Aug 4, 2012, Michael Rohde lecture, From Rugs and Patterns to Tapestries and Ideas, the Evolution of a Handweaver
Aug 18, 2012, Tanya Aguiniga lecture
Craft in America is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing original handcrafted work, through educational programs in all media, accessible to all. The Craft in America project includes a national primetime PBS documentary series, a 300-page companion book, traveling exhibitions, and a comprehensive website with teachers’ guides and video clips of artists at work. The Study Center is an extensive craft-focused library, an archive of video footage, and a gallery space with rotating exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists who work in craft media. For more information: www.craftinamerica.org
The Craft in America Study Center is located at 8415 West Third Street, 2 blocks East of La Cienega. The Study Center is open Thursday - Saturday from 12:00 - 6:00 pm. For more information and to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 951-0610.