All Art Friday
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Last week, Vermont's Brattleboro Museum & Art Center opened "Wherever You Are Is the Center of the World", an exhibition of artwork by Hari Kirin and Susan Quaglia Brown. The show, on view through July 3, is unusual because the artists used satellite imagery to create their paintings, which they call maps. Using a computer, a template divided into 21 numbered and stationary locations and 19 changing sites, plus the rolling of dice, Kirin and Brown "charted" on their canvases "chance" locations intended to represent where our e-mail, news stories, and hyperlinks take us in our virtual world. The artists' eight 6-foot by 6-foot oil paintings, representing 320 different sites identified via Google, are fascinating.
Website for Wherever You Are Is the Center of the World (This site explains the artists' project, includes images and text for each painting, provides an exhibition schedule and artist biographies, and the artists' concept for their interactive project, which, Kirin and Brown explain, "illustrates how the internet technology can enhance human imagination and understanding".)
Artists' Description of Template and Chance Operations
Exhibition Images (Flickr)
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✭ The Corning Museum of Glass is showing through January 29, 2012, "Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky". Thousands of individual glass threads — filets de verre — go into the making of many of Zynsky's extraordinary glass vessels, examples of which are drawn from CMG's permanent collection for this show. In the video interview below, she demonstrates how she works to create what she calls "free form choreography". She says she often listens to music while working, and that the music "translates into color for me".
Images of Toots Zynsky's Vessels
✭ In West Palm Beach, Florida, Norton Museum of Art is presenting through July 17 "From A to Z: 26 Great Photographs from the Norton Collection". Drawn from the museum's holdings of more than 3,000 photographs, the exhibit includes work by such 20th Century and 21st Century artists as Ansel Adams, Valerie Belin, Edward Weston, Thomas Demand, and Graciela Iturbide. The exhibition photographs are alphabetically arranged, based on the first letter of the artist's last name.
✭ A fiber show, "The Mysterious Content of Softness", is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, through June 26. The exhibition brings together 11 national and international fiber artists whose knitted, loom-weaved, and crochet works demonstrate "the transformative power of fiber and its connection to the human body".
Featured artists are Diem Chau, Lauren DiCioccio, Angela Ellsworth, James Gobel, Angela Hennessy, Rock Hushka, Lisa Kellner, Miller & Shellabarger, Lacey Jane Roberts, Jeremy Sanders, and Nathan Vincent. (Take some time to view the images on these artists' sites. There is some wonderful work to be seen. I find Chau's work especially appealing.)
Image Above at Right: Diem Chau, Legacy, 2010, Porcelain Plate, Organza and Thread, © Diem Chau
Rosemary Ponnekanti, "TAM's Rock Hushka Bleeds on His Art at Bellevue Art Museum", The News Tribune, February 7, 2011
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✭ Portland, Oregon's Museum of Contemporary Craft features Laurie Herrick in "Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", on view through July 30. This is a retrospective traveling exhibition of Herrick's weavings from the 1940s until her death in 1995. As part of the show, five Artists-in-Residence — Pam Patrie (April 5-16), Mackenzie Frere (May 3-14), Christy Matson (May 24-June 4), Elizabeth Whalen (June 21 - July 2), and Deborah Valoma (July 5-16) — are creating their personal responses to Herrick's patterns and adding them to the exhibition.
Image Above to Left: Laurie Herrick, Crater, 1969; Wool; 56" x 28"; Collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft. Photo Credit: Dan Kvitka.
Images of Laurie Herrick's Weavings on Flickr
Slide Presentation by Herrick
Bob Hicks, "Weaver Laurie Herrick at Museum of Contemporary Craft (Review)", The Oregonian, March 25, 2011
This Oregon Public Broadcasting program accompanies curator Namita Gupta Wiggers on a "First Look: Laurie Herrick Exhibition", March 22, 2011: