The nice thing about working in thread and fabric is that an entire room-sized installation can be broken down into this:
But I’m getting ahead of myself! This past weekend 5790projects (a carefully curated side project of pop-up exhibitions by Matthew Gardocki and Catlin Moore of Mark Moore Gallery) opened in Inglewood at the Beacon Arts Building. Alongside the curated exhibition, Beacon artists opened their studios and invited me to rally artists from BAB’s sister building, 1019 West Art Studios, to fill in the empty studios with a group exhibition and installations. I wouldn’t call it curated, because the exhibition was open to any 1019 artists who wished to participate, but I was very lucky to have some incredible artists willing to put work into the spaces and I organized the different themes and styles as best I could on short notice!
Participating artists included: Melanie Newcombe, David Spanbock, Ernest Steiner, Steve Daly, Susan Amorde, Rachel Kaster, Jeffrey Peters, Jeanne Dunn, Claire Jackel, Steve Jakobsen, Liza Vosbigian, January Parkos Arnall, Michele Asselin, and Cathy Fairbanks.
I took the opportunity to try something completely new for me and installed a room-sized installation in a small studio. I wouldn’t say it was really a success, but it was definitely a learning experience! I loved the idea of exploring how and why viewers look at art works and took a page from Marcel Duchamp in deciding to wrap the entire room in string and thread. This wasn’t completely foreign in that all of my work recently has really revolved around the use of thread as both material and metaphor as I explore interconnections among women and families as well as the pulling apart of these family fabrics. In the end, I really liked the installation and I really liked the work but didn’t like how the work and the installation functioned together. If and when I try this again, I think more staid and flat wall work would have complemented the chaos of the installation better than the falling apart of the exhibition alongside the falling apart of the pieces. I also would have added an exploration to the exhibition, having visitors find something at the end (chocolate and wine in a cushiony sitting section?). I also think a sound component would have rounded out the space a bit better.
Here are a few pics of my installation titled Dark Energy: Things are falling apart faster than we ever expected.
And here are some shots of the group rooms: