Monday, March 26, 2012

"Beginning In The Middle": An Exhibition

I bet all you ever thought was that I wanted to be a graffiti artist, right? Yes & No ("No" meaning: Major yes, but I'm too old & self-conscious to scale buildings to get a good throw-up...) I love doing my outdoor graffiti weavings; I love the idea of being able to tape up a loom anywhere and weave; but if I wanted to bring the outdoors in, how could I accomplish that? This was one of the goals I was trying to achieve with my exhibition at Sullivan Galleries, and my work going forward. I found some wood, welded some steel, and weaved in my pyjamas within the heated comfort of my own home. 
Below is my statement for the show, and pretty much a statement of why I do my work. Most of it is because of Gilles Deleuze, a French philosopher that was Freud's nemesis.....

My work explores theories of the late French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze: becomings, multiplicities, lines of flight, and linguistics. My landscape guerilla weavings are an investigation of a constant life in motion; never in a place for more than a few hours to a week at a time due to either commuting for school, or away on work assignment. “By having this drive to weave into the landscape's surface, I am leaving a bit of myself in that surrounding, essentially forcing myself into the site's fabric, while trying to find solid ground in that location at that moment. Otherwise I feel ghostly, as if I don't really belong anywhere; as if nobody would ever know where I had been.” Each type of work, whether indoors or not is a manifestation of Deleuze’s ideas of multiplicity and becomings- neither form a redundancy of each other.

 Rhizome. Mixed Media, 6' x 7' x 8", 2012
Rhizome: Everything happens in the middle. As soon as you place a label on an idea, the idea is dead. Creation/creativity/the formation of ideas happens in the middle, and can spawn multiplicities of itself, reaching out in different directions, seemingly limitless. Death is when an idea or thing has been given a label, its end points; it will then cease to grow. The grid, or the assemblage, is a weaving of multiplicities increasing in dimension as it expands, rhizomes bursting forth, generating a line of flight. Their evolution is an aparallel existence to each other, creating a map of the unconscious.

 Pragmatics (I Love You). Mixed Media, 1.5' x 1.5' x 4"
Pragmatics (I Love You): This enunciation is in the form of a weaving which takes its visual shape from the words “I Love You” spoken and recorded. Linguistics closes language in on itself, creating boundaries that prohibit the growth of expression: constants (defining moments) to look for, rather than to grow from. Enunciation, or a pragmatic linguistic approach to communication, on the other hand not only sheds light on an external situation in which the words are spoken, but also an internal situation that can be spoken with just one word. The statement “I Love You” is perceived differently in different situations, and upon different people. By placing a label through a statement on an object or person, its perception has been changed, although the thing or person itself has not been altered. Likewise, the practice of linguistics categorizes language as a spoken and written on paper form of interpretation. Visual enunciation keeps linguistic categories and definitions open, an entirely different transformation of the spoken statement; a multiplicity of itself. 

Along with the new works were digital photographs of Marsupial Bridge (Colour Theory), and Lake Michigan (Blue) to complete my ideas of finding everything in the middle...

PS: I'm now represented by Rosenthal Fine Art in Chicago

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Marsupial Bridge (Colour Theory)

In preparation for my final thesis exhibition, I wanted to revisit the Marsupial Bridge by my house do a colour theory piece. I ideally wanted all 12 primary, secondary, & tertiary colours weaved, but it was February. And although it was a warmish day (about 10°C or 50°F), and I had the dog with me to enjoy the non-sunlight & his fake-walk under the bridge, I ended up getting too cold. So 6 colours, a rainbow, is what I ended up with- and I like it.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Blue Line (Damen & Milwaukee)

Done with a partner, Lori Barger, we guerrilla weaved around the Blue Line subway station in Chicago. Our idea was to show the scarcity of a resource, paper, that is taken for granted.

We spun paper into yarn, and I weaved around a newspaper stand. 

Okaaaay, this really wasn't guerilla weaving since I had to ask the stall guy for permission (he Was standing right in front of me, there was no way to I could be graffiti-style 'sneaky")
I then placed a ball of "yarn" into a jewelry box that was topped with a Tiffany blue satin ribbon to exemplify its preciousness.

While I was warm & toasty inside the subway station weaving, Lori was a true warrior outside by placing a weaving she had done at home with the same type of "yarn" inside a free newspaper box, the Red Eye. In this piece, our idea was to have the weaving confront the viewer as soon as he or she opened the box. Inside, we also placed a ball of "the yarn" in a jewelry box on top of the newspapers to exemplify the preciousness of our resources.

Lori in action:
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Applied Weaving

As I gear up for my thesis exhibition next month featuring a 6' x 6' woven piece (but that's all I'm telling!), and being the runner up for Projects for Peace with my collaborative study with children weaving together ideas of community & identity (the final judging happens late March, cross your fingers for me!), I wanted to share some other applications of something that seems so basic, yet can be applied to numerous fields, not just textiles.
This video is from Lexus, showing how the idea of weaving, applied circularly with carbon fibers, can build car bodies:
Patricia Urquiola has been using woven textiles within her furniture designs. This gives her pieces warmth amid contemporary design's stark aesthetic mantra.

Manga Pouf, image courtesy of Mocoloco.
Moroso Chair, image courtesy of Style Estate.

I just discovered Dana Barnes' Souled Objects collection. She integrates felting with crocheting techniques, but I feel there's a bit of weaving going on as well. Nonetheless, her collection is just gorgeous.

Images courtesy of Dana Barnes.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Class Act

Last semester my classmate Lori & I were paired up for our second project in Collective Weaving. We had decided to do a submission entry to the Davis Projects For Peace. When this mass email was sent out my first semester at school, I thought to myself: a project for peace? What could that possibly consist of? How could art be related to something I feel is entirely political and/or religious?
I was in my first fibers class, Sustainable Forms, and had discovered weaving; if I loved weaving & the ease of hand weaving, then I deemed so would everybody else in the world...... I then had visions of children at The Rock in Jerusalem weaving a giant piece of cloth together, harmoniously.
Could the idea of warp & weft translate to a project for peace?
I shoved the idea into the back reaches of my mind, only to emerge when a couple of glasses of wine were consumed, but not really thinking much of it as to how to execute the idea.
Enter 2nd semester: 'warp' & 'weft' cannot subsist without each other to form something tangible, just like 'community' & 'people' cannot exist without each other..... do you see what I'm getting at? Karolina Gnatowski, my professor, saw it, and she helped orchestrate a classroom visit to a Chicago public school to help me realize my idea of children weaving, creating a community together with each other, symbolized by the fabric they each contributed to make, its existence not possible without each other.

 Lori & I made the loom with a giant piece of muslin tied to make a loop. The warp was made of pieces of thick yarn.

 The children then harnessed themselves in, forming a giant circle. 

The weft was comprised of pieces of canvas each had drawn and/or written on, describing what community meant to each. We stapled the strips together to form a very long piece of weft that they wove in & out of the strings of yarn to form their fabric.

We did this in 3 classrooms, grades 2 - 4. The kids got it:) It was a super fun morning, and it was especially amazing to see the idea come to fruition. I'll be entering the Projects for Peace contest this semester to try and take this idea abroad- Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weave, Revisted

What happens to graffiti? It becomes a part of the landscape, identifying itself with its environment but always with the possibility of disappearing.
I was curious to see if my little pieces of fabric could stand the test of a brutal winter on the beaches of Lake Michigan, and lo and behold, they did. I actually like how the yarn has been beat down and compressed with water, not to mention the vibrancy of the colours have subdued, mimicking the surroundings.