- Visual Arts
Self/Fabricated is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists–– Ilona Anderson, David Curcio, Wylie Garcia, Jan Johnson, Joetta Maue, Leslie Schomp, and Candice Smith Corby, whose work plays upon autobiography through the use of cloth and stitching methods as surface, medium, and reference point. In addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking, the artists incorporate a range of needlework techniques such as beading, embroidery, sewing, quilting, and stitching methods. Besides being a contributing artist, I am one of the co-curators, along with Leslie Schomp. This exhibition will be held at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA from September 23, 2012 through January 13, 2013.
It is my aim to produce a professionally printed full color catalog to accompany the exhibition. There will be 1000 catalogs printed by the high-end art catalog publisher OSP Catalogs. Your funding will provide for the up-front costs of the catalog’s design work, printing, and shipping costs; as well as a limited edition print of our exhibition poster. Any funds beyond my minimum goal will allow us to pursue future venues for the exhibition.
Our catalog will be a work of art in itself and will include several components. It will provide an introductory curators’ statement, an art historical essay, biographical information and visual examples of each artist’s work, and commentaries on each artist by two contemporary curators. The art historical essay, written by Amanda Luyster, Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, highlights a secondary project in which a new work was made by each artist in response to a chosen artifact from the Art Complex Museum’s collection, an elaborate handmade embroidered Chinese Summer Jacket dating from 1900. Each artist’s commentary is written by Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O’Hara, and focuses on the phenomenon of using vintage fabrics and referencing stitching methods within a contemporary art context. The cover will be a facsimile of a hand-embroidered and painted samplar of the exhibition title, Self/Fabricated, created by Leslie Schomp and myself. The exhibition poster will feature the same image.
This exhibition catalog will be a testament to the journey of our exhibition’s conception to its actual fruition. The concept began several years ago as a conversation of shared and loved common interests between two friends. Instead of waiting for someone else, we decided to be proactive and curate our own show, which became richer with each added artist. With your support, our labor of love can be made permanent and allow the viewer to take the exhibition home with them.
We are grateful for your support and hope that our perks reflect our appreciation!