Friday, March 9, 2012
outside and inside....
The biggest exhibition of Fiber Philadelphia was by far the installations of a few different shows at the Crane Arts Building. The building was way freaking far out and in a less then stellar hood but it was a gorgeous huge space perfect for an exhibition of such scale.
It took me a solid 45 minutes to an hour to get through the other shows to the Outside/Inside the Box exhibit ,which included my work, as there was so much else to see and so many people to cross paths with. But I finally made it back to the large open space. I will admit I hate seeing work at openings because you miss half of it and I did. Looking at the slide show on fiber philly's site I am like "hey I did not see that!" but I still did see many pieces and got a good sense of the overall exhibit.
I realized that the title of Outside/Inside the Box was actually quite literal which I kind of appreciated. It was evident that the curatorial point of view was intentionally selecting work that was more in the domain of traditional fiber art made by more traditional but modern fiber artists and combining this with work that was very fresh, contemporary, and "outside" of the box . It was interesting to see these works of SO much diversity all in one show. There of course lacked the conversation that you often like to see in an exhibit because of that. But they did pull off a few moments where the work had a really nice relationship with each other. In fact I loved that my work was installed next to a piece of Magali Rizzo's. Her's of a male figure and mine of a female- it created a nice moment of narrative in a abstract heavy show.
A highlight for me was seeing the work of Heidi Field-Alvarez and also getting to chat with her quite a bit. Our paths crossed a few times over the weekend and I was so happy to get to know her. I exhibited one of her video works in Cutting Edge but the piece at Out/In was a really nice work and installation I liked seeing the making via the video, the process via the materials, and the result of the process all at once.
I also was drawn to the hand woven space of
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