Sponsored and organized by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, the New Mexico Fiber Crawl offers fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit independent yarn stores, artists’ studios, fiber centers, farms, galleries, and museums to feel, touch, and find inspiration from beautiful and unique fiber products.
As an official 2019 Fiber Crawl Site in Santa Fe, form & concept will exhibit a special selection of textile works. The gallery will open its doors to New Mexico Fiber Crawl participants for the entire weekend, with extended Sunday hours from 12 to 5 PM.
Susan Aaron-Taylor takes inspiration from dreams to craft felt sculptures which metamorphose animal forms with archetypal meaning
Nika Feldman creates intricate garment-like sculptures from repurposed t-shirts and aluminium pull tabs inspired by the coded language of clothing.
Lisa Klakulak manipulates the comforting and protective qualities of felt into deeply personal wearable artworks, drawing inspiration from natural environments.
Mark Newport embroiders mended patterns onto muslin, as well as knitting life-sized superhero costumes.
Lisa Klakulak appears at this special preview of Since Taos: Contraction of Mass, Concision of Thought, directly preceding the opening reception of the solo exhibition. The series of 13 felt-based sculptures was created over a period of nearly two decades, since the freewheeling artist moved away from Taos, New Mexico in 2001. Klakulak thinks of her life since that moment in distinct phases. “The works are all related to these leaps of faith that I have taken,” she says. “I want to think about, or articulate what I’m thinking about, in a manner that I can translate into a physical form.” Join her for an interactive tour of the show, just before its official debut.
form & concept’s Annual Exhibition 2018 opens tonight from 5-7 pm! The show features work by all ten of our represented artists, including two new pieces from Mark Newport‘s Sweatermen series (above). “The Sweatermen are heroes of my own invention,” he says. “In each of these works I forge a link between childhood experience and my adult exploration of protection, masculinity, and heroism.” Michael Abatemarco of Pasatiempo covered the Annual Exhibition in this week’s Exhibitionism section. Here’s an excerpt:
Each summer in July, Form & Concept presents its Annual Exhibition featuring works by its represented artists including Heidi Brandow, Debra Baxter, and Wesley Anderegg. “From the beginning, we were interested in reimagining what an art gallery could be,” gallery director Frank Rose said. “The natural starting point was asking, ‘What’s been exhibited, and what or who has been excluded?’ ” The gallery’s roster includes artists whose works explore the diaphanous borders between art, craft, and design.
Click here to read more, and we’ll see you at the opening tonight!
“75% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’ And that just struck a chord with me, how these lives and labors were lost.”
Unidentified Women made its debut in Santa Fe on January 26th. Fiber artist Jodi Colella appeared at the gallery for the opening reception and artist talk. Afterwards, she sat down with us to discuss the inspiration for her moving exhibition.
It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’” The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities.
“Art is the best weapon against cynicism,” Frank Rose told Richard Eeds on KSVF 101.5 earlier this week. That’s our rallying cry for spring, as we open two new exhibitions that feature fiber artists from around the world. Come to tonight’s reception for Shifting Landscapes (presented in conjunction with Surface Design Association) and Mark Newport: Mending, and Saturday’s gallery talk featuring organizers, jurors and artists from both shows. Danielle Kelly, Executive Director of Surface Design Association, will appear at tomorrow’s event. For a preview, listen to her conversation about Shifting Landscapes with Spencer Beckwith on KUNM.
Michael Abatemarco of Pasatiempo featured Shifting Landscapes in a lovely piece called “Uncommon Threads” today. Here’s an excerpt:
“The border region is a place shaped by limitations and separation, which generates a unique experience for its inhabitants,” writes artist Sarita Westrup, who lives on the Texas-Mexico border, in a statement about her recent practice. “Cultural geography, Mexican-American identity, spiritual icons, belonging, and landscape are ideas that I investigate and that visually inform my work.” She describes her relief wall-hangings, composed of found and recycled materials including paper clips, metal fencing, and rocks, as forming a nonrepresentational portrait of border identity. Westrup’s reliefs are included in Form & Concept’s juried exhibition Shifting Landscapes, which explores the notion of place in the work of textile and fiber artists and designers.
Click here to read the rest of Michael’s piece, and click over to the form & concept Facebook page to RSVP for both events. Local blog Santa Fe Arts Journal also featured these exhibitions on their homepage, so make sure to check it out.