|Beach Head, detail|
The ongoing exhibition at the Center for Book Arts, “Tell Me How You Really Feel: Diaristic Tendencies” displays a diverse group of artists. The art works shown are either inspired by graphic novels, memoirs, or travel journals. As you look around the space you can experience the art work in a variety of formats. One of these artists, China Marks, employs the use of a sewing machine and fabric to create imaginative and intricate sewn drawings.
|Lovely, Dark, and Deep, detail|
One of her drawings, shown in the graphic novels portion of the exhibition, is called, “Lovely, Dark, and Deep.” The image, composed only in black and white with some text in between, uses subtle sarcasm to critique modern day society. Starting at the bottom left of the work, we see two humans nestled in a tree picking fruit. These two humans seem to believe they are first to experience the natural surroundings they have entered, yet the plants and woodland creatures that also inhabit the space seem to think differently. In the last bit of text China Marks includes in her work, a personified plant speaks and says, “People can’t leave anything alone!” In a sense, China Marks is using a playful and inviting format to bring up some extremely prevalent issues that occur, at times, unconsciously.
|How His Troubles Began|
Another fascinating aspect of her work is how it is actually made. At first glance her tapestry like constructions appear to be just quilted together, but as you look more in depth you can see how China Marks renders much of her space with thousands of stitches. These stitches work to build shading and atmosphere in the silk-screened narratives China Marks has created. It is not only the delicacy of China Marks art that makes it so appealing, but also her very original portrayal of serious subject material.
Welcome back! Last week we celebrated the opening of our two summer exhibitions: Book As Witness: The Artist’s Response, and Tell Me How You REALLY Feel: Diaristic Tendencies. There’s a lot of exciting new work on view right now as I type, so to whet your appetite, I’m going to highlight some of the new work on display.
One of the formal techniques that many of the artists in Tell Me How You Really Feel use is embroidery. Their widely differing approaches to the medium show how flexible and resonant an embroidered narrative can be. Take a look at some of the work.
|Detail, Beach Head, China Marks|
China Marks has contributed a series of single panel narratives, created from swatches of found fabric and original text that are intricately sewn together to create what she calls “process-directed contemporary drawings.”
|Dianna Frid Against the Dying of the Light|
|Candace Hicks Common Thread, Volume XXX|
Candace Hicks makes hand-embroidered artist’s books on canvas mimicking composition notebooks. Hicks’ texts are based on coincidental occurrences, mundane events, or notes on her readings, buy provigil in south africa except sewn on canvas rather than in pencil on paper.
|Patricia Dahlman, My Story|
Patricia Dahlman’s unbound book consists of 20 separate pieces of richly embroidered text and image on canvas, with sewn text and images based on her mother’s life, Babs Dahlman.
|Iviva Olenick Women are the New Men|
Iviva Olenick‘s Post-its series shares awkward interactions, daydreams, and hopes in short, condensed bursts. Her narrative embroideries records anecdotes from her dating escapades. She says:
The act of using embroidery to render text and images requires time, patience and commitment, qualities which seem in contradiction with the fast-paced, casual, and seemingly disposable nature of contemporary courtship as mediated by Facebook, instant messaging, email and text messaging. Similarly, the self-exposing nature of my work parallels the manner in which we expose the details of our private lives via Facebook and Twitter.
All of the above is on view through September 22nd, be sure and visit us and take a look at both exhibitions while you can. We’ll have artists talks with some of the artists throughout the summer on Wednesday evenings as well.
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Artist Iviva Olenick is back at the Center February 4-5, Saturday and Sunday, with a class that focuses on the narrative possibilities of working in fabric. Crafting a Narrative is a weekend immersion in fiber techniques, including text-based embroidery, basic applique and fabric collage techniques, and image transfer methods. She says “The goal is for students to incorporate new techniques buy spier modafinil online into the creation of a soft “book” in unconventional form, or a piece of narrative artwork”.
Iviva is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who embroiders daily. She works in series, blending illustration and text in autobiographical embroidered textiles. You can see more of her work here. and on her embroidered blog.
Registration for her class is here: don’t miss out!