Can you embroider a border, knit a bridge, or spin a sanctuary from silk? The Surface Design Association challenged artists from across the world to explore the concept of “place” using a wide array of fibrous materials. form & concept will debut the organization’s third international juried exhibition, Shifting Landscapes, on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm.
Our director Frank Rose is a Shifting Landscapes juror, along with Arizona artist Erika Lynne Hanson. As Frank reviewed hundreds of submissions, he embarked on visual journeys through landscapes that are representational and abstract, literal and metaphorical. The final array of artworks unites a vast web of fiber (and fiber-inspired) artists from around the world, and proves that even in a time of stark geopolitical divisions, a single thread can tell a story of unity.
The Surface Design Association produces its own quarterly journal, and they recently recounted form & concept’s history on their blog. Here’s an excerpt:
form & concept is an art gallery founded to expand and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft, and design. Their programming acts as a conversation between these three, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. Here are three recent exhibitions that highlight the breadth of concepts, styles, and materiality that form & concept showcases…
Click here to read more, and make sure to join us at the opening reception for Shifting Landscapes on Friday, February 24. On Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm, we’ll hold a gallery talk featuring Surface Design Association Executive Director Danielle Kelly, along with Shifting Landscapes artists and jurors. A solo exhibition by fiber artist Mark Newport, Mending, opens on the same day.