The ￼￼Textile Arts Center, in partnership with The Vanderbilt Republic, is pleased to present THREE WALLS, the 9th Artists in Residence exhibition, on view from the September 20 to 23 at Gowanus Loft.
ARTISTS WORKING TOGETHER, ALONE, CONNECTED:
“THREE WALLS” BRIDGES STUDIO PRACTICES
Form & Function, Beauty & Value via Textile Arts Featured in the Final Exhibition of
Textile Arts Center’s 9th Cycle of Artists in Residence
September 20 - 23, 2018
Opening Reception: September 20, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: September 23, 7pm
“THREE WALLS” explores the concepts of beauty, language, function, value, and protection. The installation by Jamie Boyle, Rhonda Khalifeh, Junyu Li, Lily Moebes, Meghan O'Sullivan, Cory Siegler, Hannah Whelan, and Chang Yuchen will be an immersive experience in fiber arts.
During the nine months residency, the eight artists worked alone, together. Their studios comprised only 3 walls; the lack of a fourth wall necessitated that their practices be shared and that their work inspired and conversed with each other. Sculptural eyes seem to read hidden hand woven messages; a mutable quilt designed to be worn meets a large scale embroidered body, both crafted to protect; found images, layered and transformed, turn into paintings, while found materials are repurposed into sculptures; garments research the dynamic relationship between maker/wearer and explore the complexities of function/value.
The artists in “THREE WALLS” come from a range of creative backgrounds, and the collective body of work featured reflects this variety of experience. However there’s a sense of unity. An empathetic identification. In concept, form, and process, they are companions.
“ THREE WALLS” opens to the public 6-9p Thursday 20 September at Gowanus Loft (61 9th Street Brooklyn, 11215), and will run through Sunday 23 September, with weekend public gallery hours from 11am-8pm and an artist talk at 7pm on 23 September.
ABOUT TEXTILE ARTS CENTER
Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility founded in 2009, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts.
ABOUT TAC’S ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Textile Arts Center's Artist in Residence (TAC’s AIR) program equips emerging artists and designers with resources and skills to better articulate their practices and contribute to their communities.
TAC's AIR program is one of the world's leading residency programs, focused on textile arts. Situated at the intersection of a studio residency and an academic program, TAC AIR combines studio access with a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, regular critical dialogue and mentorship. Over the course of 9 months, the residents study weaving, knitting, and surface design, along with textile history, modern craft theory, and professional development. Structured bi-weekly critiques are moderated by some of today’s leading textile artists, curators and innovators. The program culminates with a group exhibition, which showcases the work developed at the Textile Arts Center.
Since 2010, TAC AIR has graduated over fifty artists and designers. Our alumni are involved in a broad range of arts activities, including arts education, women’s international development, social activism, fashion and tech entrepreneurship, fine arts, regional makers movements and local community development initiatives.
ABOUT VANDERBILT REPUBLIC & GOWANUS LOFT
The Vanderbilt Republic (“VR”, est. 2009) is a creative agency based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The agency was formed to catalyze the impact of creative expression in all modes. VR sees artists as leaders, activists, and agents for positive change. Through their work with the creative diaspora VR offers boutique solutions in: creative production, design & direction; artist representation; landscape projection design. George Del Barrio (b. 1976 Queens, NY) is VR’s Founder × Creative Director.
A collusion between Ashton Worthington Photography and The Vanderbilt Republic, Gowanus Loft (est. 2012) is a project space dedicated to the expansion and expression of creativity in all forms. Her 3000 ft sq project space has successfully nurtured a broad range of creative productions, from theatrical cabaret to camera obscura, and much more. All Loft installations are supported by VR creative/production.