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Felt Form: Sculpting by way of Shrinkage
February 23-24, 2019
Workshop Hours: 9 am-4 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.
Fees: $300 registration / $15 materials
In conjunction with the exhibition Since Taos, featuring a collection of felt-based work created between 2001 and the present day, Lisa Klakulak will offer a 2-day course focusing on wet felting techniques to develop three-dimensional forms. Participants will explore the use of resists to build hollow forms while the placement of different weights of wool within the layout preparation determine the concave and convex areas of the form, a method Klakulak terms “extreme differential shrinkage.” Working with a limited palette of wool, the emphasis will be on exploring a plethora of small-scale forms, the relationship of pressure and directional agitation to the felting process, and—of course—enjoying the feel of this humble material.
This class is limited to ten participants, so make sure to register early! The $300 registration fee reserves your spot, while the $15 registration fee is due at the start of the workshop.
Lisa Klakulak presents Since Taos: Contraction of Mass, Concision of Thought. The solo exhibition of 13 felt-based sculptureswascreated over a period of nearly two decades, since the freewheeling artist moved away from Taos, New Mexico in 2001. The collection simultaneously acts as a vivid portrait of Klakulak’s emotional journey and manifestation of her unique way of processing the world through fiber creations. “Like any piece of art you make, you are releasing an idea into the object,” Klakulak says. “It’s a completion of a certain cycle, and it’s interesting when someone on the other side spins it into their own emotive universe.” Klakulak’s work voices ideas about growth, human connection, mental stability, and the formation of personhood, as well as social commentary on issues of gender, income inequality, and culture.
Klakulak appears at a preview artist talk of Since Taos on Friday, February 22 from 4 to 5 pm. The opening reception directly follows, from 5 to 7 pm. The artist presents a registration-only felting workshop on February 23 and 24, 2019.
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.
We’re pleased to introduce our newest represented artist, Laritza Garcia. Here’s the story of her Still Life collection, in her own words:
This collection explores nature as a subject for jewelry. The growth patterns featured in the work draw inspiration from the botanical prints of the Hortus Eystettensis, a 15th century codex of the Garden of Eichstatt. My jewelry arrangements, similar to the prints, are composed with aesthetic considerations above botanical taxonomy. The collection is reflective upon natural aspects that are skewed by human intervention. The static jewelry compositions appear in full bloom, linked to parallel perceptions of what is natural and what is artificial in our surroundings. Each piece is made from hand pierced brass sheets. The surfaces are powder coated with layers of bold colors reminiscent of urban culture.
Lisa Klakulak debuts a series of deep blue, wearable artworks. She discusses why she works in wool fiber, and the adventure that inspired the new work:
I’m a visual artist who has found a strong affinity for working with wool fiber, and in particular the felting process. Attracted by its protective and nurturing qualities, I found wool fiber a relevant to use in my work that’s related to concepts of human vulnerability and security. I attribute the sense of contentment and calm that I feel when I’m working in the studio to the constant touch involved in the process, as well as bringing an idea into fruition. You need that idea, that inspiration. What is it that you want to say and communicate in your work? I have to schedule in time to adventure, to look, to think, not just to make. In my life and in my art, I have to find balance between the routine and the spontaneous. I do that by taking any opportunity to adventure wildly into the unknown, encountering other cultural systems, places, phenomena. One of the things that I’ve been most grateful for in my life is the opportunity to travel abroad to teach. I recently got to travel into southern Chile and seek some glaciers for the first time, and that’s what’s been inspiring all of the blue work, and all of the angular, structural forms.
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