Chuck Stolarek Blenders over Penguins with Suction Cup Embroidery with Cotton Thread

Chuck Stolarek
Blenders over Penguins with Suction Cup
Embroidery with Cotton Thread

sHOJI TABUCHEESE: Chuck Stolarek

February 28 - APRIL 15, 2018

Porcella GALLERy

SHOJI TABUCHEESE is the 2017-2018 textile-based projects of Chuck Stolarek. Chuck is interested in context and the perfect spot between fiction & non-fiction. When possible, the medium is massively time-consuming and the subject matter is light and unexplained. The effect is laughter and confusion. Chuck is a 2002 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design’s furniture design program. His work has been seen in Sportswear International, LA Weekly, Surface Magazine, and on MTV.


Color Perception: Pilar Agüero-Esparza

April 22 - June 3, 2018

Porcella GALLERy

In her recent body of work, Pilar Agüero-Esparza presents the viewer with abstractions created using the skin tone palette of the Color Your World: Crayola Multicultural Crayons set. Referencing Joseph Albers’ color theory in the title of the exhibition, Agüero-Esparza’s leather, fabric and paper works explore the idea of a “racialized abstraction” connecting her mixed media works to colorism and the personal experience and representation of one’s color.

Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, Agüero-Esparza received her BA in painting and printmaking from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University. She is a local artist and art educator and has exhibited her work widely throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Pilar Agüero-Esparza Skin Tone 5 Mahogany, tan, peach, apricot, sepia, burnt sienna, 2017 crayon, color pencil, paper Weaving and collage on mixed media board

Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Skin Tone 5

Mahogany, tan, peach, apricot, sepia, burnt sienna, 2017 crayon, color pencil, paper

Weaving and collage on mixed media board


Jen Graham Don't Shoot at Me, 2017 Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

Jen Graham

Don't Shoot at Me, 2017

Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

Guns: Loaded Conversations

April 22, 2018 - july 15, 2018

Turner, Gilliland and Finlayson Galleries

An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces presented in this exhibition spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

The work explores heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership and consider how people's personal experience with guns may influence their opinions. The exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.


generation of change: A Movement, not a moment

April 22, 2018 - july 15, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission is to inspire students to be aware of social injustices and turn them into leaders and organizers who believe that change can happen when they try and take action. By learning a strong foundation in sewing and textile art expression, SJSA's goal is to prepare students to solve the issues in their communities by their innovative thinking. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

Rest in Power, Trayvon, 2012  photo credit: Sara Trail Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza Quilted and appliquéd

Rest in Power, Trayvon, 2012  photo credit: Sara Trail

Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza

Quilted and appliquéd


Unequal: Pie Charts, 2015 Cotton, Quilted Image courtesy of the Artist

Unequal: Pie Charts, 2015

Cotton, Quilted

Image courtesy of the Artist

Intimacy and Subversion
thomas knauer

june 6, 2018 - july 15, 2018

Porcella Gallery

Artist Thomas Knauer is interested in the social and cultural implication of making a quilt. For him the decision to make a quilt is already a type of activism, a reflection of a desire for something more personal, a refutation of the generic and the disposable. The quilts on display stem from that fundamental premise, and translate specific concerns into material form, specifically quilts that are actually used on a daily basis; they explore the implications of addressing a wide range of issues within the intimate space of the bedroom, what it means to bring global concerns to the home. These quilts then become less about public expression and more about insuring that one’s personal ideals do not slip away into the abstract, perpetually overwhelmed by the endless cycles of crisis that surround us. Through these quilts the political is tied to the personal, ideals are made concrete; each quilt becomes an everyday reminder of the manifold challenges confronting us, and as a prompt to advocate for a world we hope to make better.


RIP Cone Mills Salvage Denim: Frau Fiber

july 22, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Porcella Gallery

The Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms (ILGWU) (1) presents a shrine to an American tragedy the end of one hundred and twelve years of denim production at the Cone Mills White Oak plant (2) in Greensboro NC. The denim produced at the White Oak plant represents the history of the working-class struggle, so what does it mean for Americans to work in denim made globally? Commemorating this moment, the ILGWU will put into production one hundred and twelve yards of selvedge denim (3). Under the management of Frau Fiber (4) , the ILGWU will outsource the indigo dye to Rowland Ricketts Studio (5) , and enlist Kira Keck (6) as a technical weaving apprentice. The Shrine will also include: denim production records; cast iron model of the White Oak plant; photographs and video from the ILGWU archive; and free newsletter.

Frau Fiber is putting the final stitches on commemorative Cone White Oak Mill Village quilt.

Frau Fiber is putting the final stitches on commemorative Cone White Oak Mill Village quilt.


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The Art of Labor, SDA Members Juried Exhibition 2018

july 22, 2018 - october 14, 2018

Turner and Gilliland Galleries

 

Members of the Surface Design Association are invited to submit work for the 2018 International Juried Members exhibition, The Art of Labor. The exhibition will be held in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) at their location in San Jose, CA, July 22, 2018 – October 14, 2018. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online January 8, 2018 – April 6, 2018.

Click here for more info.


Vantage point: maggy rozycki hiltner

july 22, 2018 - october 14, 2018

hallway Gallery

Embroidery artist,  Maggy Rozycki Hiltner presents a multi-panel project by designing an idealized landscape with a big blue sky, green grass, and puffy white clouds.  Upon closer inspection the viewer finds the ways in which humans impact the natural landscape through pollution, coal mining, and industrial waste. Vantage Point is a fabricated world that simultaneously displays potential beauty, and the silent, destructive effects of waste and human consumption.

Vantage Point, 2015 Hand-stitched cotton, found embroidery on panel

Vantage Point, 2015

Hand-stitched cotton, found embroidery on panel


(Hi)Stories Uncovered  Ali Ferguson Print & hand stitching on domestic textiles and vintage garments  

(Hi)Stories Uncovered 
Ali Ferguson
Print & hand stitching on domestic textiles and vintage garments

 

Excellence in Fibers, In Collaboration with Fiber Art Now Magazine

October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Turner and Gilliland Galleries

Fiber Art Now Magazine highlights innovative, contemporary textile art in the Excellence in Fibers issue. An exhibition of the same name, the work shows current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.