American Tapestry Biennial
(Turner and Gilliland Galleries)
January 20 - April 15, 2017
American Tapestry Biennial includes 36 tapestries, featuring artists from eight countries. The works selected for the exhibition high light the variety of artistic expression practiced today in the medium of hand woven tapestry. The pieces range from the subtle, visually complex, and even break new grounds in shape and surface texture. Tapestry's rich history and it's unique ability to render images in the tactile medium of the cloth offer contemporary artists a powerful vehicle for expressing both aesthetic and conceptual concerns.
Cerebral touch: Lia Cook 1980-Now
January 20 - April 15, 2017
Cerebral Touch: Lia Cook 1980- Now traces Cook's artistic journey from her abstract and dimensional pieces of the 1980s; weaving inspired by Old Masters drapery from her work during the 1990s; exploration of portraiture; and finally, work completed weeks before this exhibition opens. Her latest works explore the sensuality of the woven image and the emotional connections to memories of touch and cloth. Weaving is combined with painting, photography, video and digital technology. Importantly, is Cook’s work and exploration of the possibilities of the Jacquard Loom. In recent years, Cook has worked with neuroscientists to investigate the nature of the emotional response to woven faces by mapping these responses in the brain. Cook’s explorations, layers of meaning, and complexity in thought and design in her work, distinguish her as a world-renowned, groundbreaking artist. Read more here and watch a video here.
Line Dufour: Fate Destiny and Self Determination
January 20 - April 15, 2017
Line Dufour's project Fate Destiny and Self Determination is a collaborative tapestry project based in weaving and other fiber art methods propelled by social media. The project is a large web of small weavings that people all over the world have donated. Through her Facebook page, she has received submissions from 230 people from 22 countries, a true collaborative effort.
Visitors will have the opportunity to make a small tapestry and contribute a small shape to this project. Read more here.
Embedded Pattern: Three Approaches
Deborah Corsini, Alex Friedman, Michael Rohde
Deborah Corsini, Alex Friedman, Michael Rohde (Porcella Gallery)
March 8 - April 15, 2017
Three contemporary mid-career tapestry artists continue to develop and refine their unique approaches to the tapestry medium. One can observe specific tapestry techniques where the patterned design is intimately connected with the technical process. Read more about Corsini, Friedman, and Rohde.
Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
An exhibition of Tapestry Weavers West
January 20 – March 5, 2017
Woven in tapestry and depicted in abstraction and realism the classic elements—earth, air, fire and water—represent both a microcosmic and macrocosmic view of the world. This exhibition examines the interconnected and powerful force of these core elements that are essence to life. Eighteen tapestries by members of Tapestry Weavers West range from lyrical landscapes and metaphorical abstractions, to psychological interpretations of these primal components. Founded in 1985 Tapestry Weavers West is a Northern CA based group that promotes the art of contemporary tapestry by exhibiting members work and with its quarterly newsletters, meetings, and website.
The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium (Turner, Gilliland&Finlayson Galleries)
October 7-January 15, 2017
In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and 1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons, creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.
Anything Goes: An Exhibit of Art Cloth Network (Porcella Gallery)
November 30, 2016 - January 15, 2017
The Art Cloth Network is a group of professional artists who promote the medium of cloth as an art form. The cloth is a surface transformed. Color, line, shape, texture, value, or fiber is added or subtracted to create a compelling composition for deeply personal storytelling and life reflections. Limitless opportunities are explored: dyeing, painting, foiling, folding, photo manipulating, stitching, and layering. From afar, they are riveting abstract works. Up close the methods used are extraordinary in their diversity and experimentation. Emotions are worked out through holes burned into flannel, creative cutting and stitching, photo manipulation and layering, dyed fragments, and paint re-touching.
hmong Story Cloths: Stitching a History (Hallway)
October 7, 2016 through January 15, 2017
Chronicling the lives of the Hmong people of Laos, Story Cloths are vibrant and intricate needlework that developed out of refugee camps following the Vietnam War. As an alternative to written language, village women would stitch cloth at night to document and communicate the story of their daily lives: collecting water, harvesting, transforming hemp into fabric- and also the highlights of their lives: escaping a great flood, New Year festivities, and marriage rituals. The story cloths offer an intimate view into the cultural legacy and resilience of the Hmong people.
Join Author Linda Gerdner on Sunday November 6 at 1pm to 2pm for a lecture, reading and book signing.