Landmarks Gallery - First Floor
May 31 - July 2, 2023
Finding resolve in the tenuous spaces between decomposition and recomposition, “The Undead” examines the potential for macrame sculpture as a form of storytelling. Recycled cotton knotted around salvaged steel scraps yields a collection of pieces that conjure a bio-surrealist fantasy of what it might mean to be “undead”: not barely alive, not resuscitated, but somehow suspended in a form of degeneration that is vital.
Janis Ledwell-Hunt is a Canadian fiber artist whose biophilic work both stems from and reinforces a sense of connection with the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver Island. Her first solo exhibit, “The Undead” explores vital decompositions, parasitisms, and bio-surrealist fantasies that extend a sense of uncertainty to typical divisions between life and death, self and other, hero and villain, natural and industrial.
While macrame’s modern revival has centralized utilitarian, abstract, bohemian home decor, Ledwell-Hunt’s work within the medium is distinguished by its invocation of storytelling and world-building in three-dimensional form. Mixed macrame, fiber emballage, and basketry techniques are used across this collection; its primary materials are recycled cotton (wound from scraps of pre-consumer textile waste) and salvaged steel scraps.
Janis Ledwell-Hunt received her PhD in Englsih from the University of Alberta and as a self-taught fiber artist, draws eclectic inspiration from a broad fabric of thoughtwork; ecology, feminism, literature, post-humanism, and philosophy.
An Exhibition by the Art Cloth Network
May 31 - July 23, 2023
Twenty-three Art Cloth Network artists from the US and Canada created twenty-six works of textile art addressing the show’s theme, Unfolding. The Merriam-Webster definition of unfold includes the phrase, “to open the folds of; spread or straighten out; to expand”. Unfolding is recounting, relating, explaining, revealing, evolving, growing, disclosing, and unrolling. Unfolding could also describe the telling of a story, tale or event that grows as the telling goes on, evolving and revealing the specifics as the account unfolds. Or perhaps, it can be represented with the opening of a gift or the discovery of origami. The works of art in this exhibit collection are inspired by these ideas and more.
The exhibit juror, Beth Smith, is the managing editor and exhibitions director for Fiber Art Now and an independent curator and juror of fine craft. During a long career as a museum professional first at Oceanside Museum of Art and then as the founding director of Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles, she has curated more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary quilts, textiles, and craft by artists from around the world. She began her career as a high school art teacher and exhibiting textile artist in Southern California where she resides.
The Art Cloth Network is a diverse group of professional artists from the United States and Canada who have come together with a common goal -- to promote the medium of cloth as an art form and share it with others. Each of our members brings a personal vision and sensibility to his or her cloth. The group was formed to provide a support forum as well as exhibition opportunities for its members and to promote an appreciation of art cloth in the broader community.
Life in the Mountain West
Vicki Conley & Shannon Conley
May 3 - July 30, 2023
Vicki and Shannon Conley are a mother-daughter pair of fiber artists from the mountains of southern New Mexico. Their work has a strong sense of place; it is inspired by the outdoors and highlights the vast natural beauty of the mountain west. They strive, through the work featured in this exhibition, to share their joy in these wondrous places, and draw attention to the need to protect and conserve native ecosystems both for the well-being of our global environment and for the enjoyment of future generations. This need for conservation can be a challenge in the face of the somewhat paradoxical increased human activity that often accompanies designation as a protected area such as a National Park.
Vicki and Shannon work closely and creatively together, yet their work is quite distinct, highlighting the varied artistic expression that can arise from similar inspiration and backgrounds. Vicki has an illustrative, poster style that features bold colors and graphic shapes in her art quilts. Her pieced and stitched landscapes range from the representational to the abstract, and she often works from pictures taken on her travels.
Shannon’s interpretation of the art quilt is unconventional, and this exhibition features a series of her painted and stitched three-dimensional, wall-hung fiber sculptures. She takes a more painterly and abstract approach to color and composition, focusing on incorporating color, lights, shadow, and form into her work to capture the essence of a place. Shannon is interested in how the processes of layering and then taking away can create movement and dimension; exposing organic openings that shift in shape, color, and depth. She works to capture the feeling of the southwestern mountains and high desert.