Tag Archive "fiberphiladelphia"

The work of Yinka Shonibare, whose exhibition by the Barnes Foundation is made possible by this year's Pew awards.

News post – Major Pew grants, bon voyage Tom Kaiden, Philly artists in the Bronx, opportunities and more!

News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »


News post – LAMOCA turmoil, Jayson Musson at Salon 94, Julien Robson news, opportunities and more!

News This just in from Libby and Roberta — We learned today that Curator of Contemporary Art Julien Robson will no longer be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as of the end of the month. What’s next for the risk-taking curator who brought contemporary art from Philadelphia and the hinterlands into PAFA’s exhibition spaces? Other projects, he said, including bringing artist Mel Chin to “curated by-Vienna,” an international art exhibit in its fourth year.  Julien was one of 25 curators invited to participate in the 22-gallery art festival, which opens Sept. 20, 2012. The show this year ... More » »


Optical Fiber – Quirky, youthful FiberPhiladelphia at Space 1026

From Megan Whitmarsh’s neon-addled memories of the 1970s to Allison Watkins’ meticulous rendering of her closet’s contents, Space 1026’s contribution to FiberPhiladelphia, Optical Fiber, is a fun, brash collection. There is a certain quantity of visual noise and focus on youth and imagination; all the artists play with form and evocation, and by far the strongest commonality is their affinity for using fiber in unconventional ways. Erin Riley’s work replicates in tapestry images gleaned from the dark corners of the internet. Chosen for their banality – girls in states of undress, taking bong hits, passed out in a drunken stupor ... More » »

“Zaiba Discusses Template”- IMAGE CAPTION- Some of the women of Polly and Me at work

Amina Ahmed and Polly and Me at Twelve Gates Arts

I love a glimpse into a different way of life. It is the same enjoyment provided by a novel that lets you become a character alongside the rest and upon finishing, come back to reality feeling as though you have lost a dear friend but gained something invaluable.  Amina Ahmed and works from Polly and Me offer a similar high. Entering the gallery, the first thing that drew my eye was Amina Ahmed’s piece, Sinews “The Divine Names” Our Buktar-bund. It is a meditation in fiber by the Africa-born, Western-educated Turk Indian artist. At first glance the cotton, thread and ... More » »

Temple Silence

News – FiberPhiladelphia, new Woodmere curator, art replaces nightclubs, and more!

News FiberPhiladelphia gets underway March is fast approaching, and so are a number of events as part of FiberPhiladelphia, the annual Philadelphia textile and fiber arts festival. In fact, Mayor Nutter will kick off the March 2 ceremony at Moore College of Art and Design by proclaiming March 2012 as Fiber Arts Month. The first event is the opening of In Material: Fiber 2012 on Friday, January 27 at Arthur Ross Gallery. New curator at Woodmere Matthew U. Palczynski is the new curator at the Woodmere Art Museum. Palczynski was most recently the Staff Lecturer for Western Art at the Philadelphia Museum of ... More » »

Daniel Phillips

News – Bambi pop-up show, RAW 2011 winners, FiberPhiladelphia, and more!

News Bambi Gallery pop-up show The Bambi Gallery is back with a pop-up show at Projects Gallery in Northern Liberties to kick off the New Year. They have had some tough luck this year with floods, foreclosure, theft, and bad landlords, but 2012 is sure to be better. Featured artists at the exhibition will include: Jim Garvey, Bonnie Brenda Scott, Stacey lee Webber,  and Matthew Osborne.  

The fab fiber four: the second stitch

This is the second of two posts on some fiber exhibits I saw. Here’s the first one. 6th International Fiber BiennialSnyderman/Works Galleries About 100 artists from far and wide were selected for this exhibit, now in its 6th year, curated by Snyderman Gallery director/exhibition curator, Bruce Hoffman. This show is the seed from which the full extravaganza of fiber exhibits in Philadelphia grew. The range of materials and methods is as astounding as ever, from quilted film to plastic discs arranged in a grid to suggest the grid of woven fabric. The craftsmanship was uniformly outstanding. Here’s what I found ... More » »

A fab fiber four: the first stitch

Marie Elcin. Water, Water, Everywhere, detail of the installation which suggests that nature cannot be denied its power by the likes of us The fabulous fiber exhibits all around town for FiberPhiladelphia are more than even I can take in, and goodness knows, as a fan of fiber, I want to see it all. What’s going on here–a multi-institutional, multi-organizational and multi-gallery cooperative effort–is amazing and overwhelming. This is the first of two posts on the four I did see so far. And here’s a link to our post, which links to additional listings . There’s so much to see ... More » »

A High-Fiber Diet

Artist Kai Chan, whose work was exhibited at the Liao Collection, visiting the exhibition of Contemporary Korean Fiber at University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and Hamilton Hall. On the wall is Shin-Ja Lee’s The Han River (1990-93), wool and synthetic thread, 65 x 1870 cm, a woven scroll that references traditional ink painting. The floor piece is Ja-Hong Ku’s Space (2001), silk, styrofoam, pins, dimensions variable. photos by the author. Fiberphiladelphia, a city and area-wide celebration of fiber art attracted more than 200 national and international participants to a symposium last Thursday and Friday: Materiality and Meaning; Examining Fiber ... More » »