This week we have a break from Working in a Series 1. Our next assignment is due in a week. During this pause I wanted to share with you another study that I completed this winter. It is posted in New Work as well as Small Works on my site.
I am a member of a local group of talented Fiber Artists. The name of our group is MIX. It is an acronym for "Material In the eXtreme. We meet once a month. During our meetings we decide collectivley what subject we want to render, how many pieces for a given theme, size and format, and any other specifics that is important for the final presentation that we work on individually but in coordination as a group. We also support one another as artists, critique work, as well as explore topics we are interested in pertaining to Fiber Art.
This week we have an upcoming show that we hung today. Here is the information piece that was created for the event:
We are really pleased with the way all the pieces were assembled for the show. There are seven artists that submitted work. Our assignment was to create three works for "eXtreme Studies. The first was, Material in the eXtreme, the second was Color in the eXtreme, and the third was Distortion in the eXtreme.
I selected the subject of what the relationship is between a square and a round circle. I have always been attracted to the simplicity of geometric shapes. When I started my study mid 2013, the work was somewhat tight. If you have been following my Vineyards series, I have mentioned this being the case as well with getting this series off the ground. I asked myself, why do I do this as this is not my destination? Here is what I came up with philosophically:
By nature, I am an introvert when it comes to my personality. When I meet someone for the first time, I engage with them at a level of introduction, wanting to find out more. Not all at once, but a little bit at a time. Perhaps we / I exchange initial information about ourselves and that hopefully leads to more conversation and sharing. Though we / I want to be transparent and relevant, we / I may withhold certain parts of our / my story at first. Eventually if we strike a chord, our true personality and colors are revealed.
I think an initial study or series is very similar to personal relationships. There is a progression that takes place after the first introductions of getting to know one another and becoming comfortable with each other. Hopefully, a friendship is formed and the essence of that relationship begins to bloom and is more familiar. Some friendships are immediate, others take time to form.... so goes the work in my studio sometimes.
The three pieces that I submitted from my study for the show are:
I created "Off the Grid" for color in the eXtreme. "To Hip to be Square" was for the distortion category. The third piece is "A Neutral Point of View" for the material in the eXtreme.
I created Off The Grid with a minimalist approach. Instead of a lot of color I was very specific with just adding a tiny amount in my circle / square study with this piece. That was my eXtreme approach for this assignment. To Hip To Be Square was created for distortion. For the distortion aspect, I dissected the circle and square and moved things off the expected axis. The last piece, Material in the eXtreme, I constructed my composition, A Neutral Point of View, from materials you might find at your local paint store. The background is a drop cloth that painters use when on the job. The circle and squares are shapes that I made from paint chips. They are layered and tied to the background with waxed twine.
I repeated the color red in each piece. The works are all 18" x 18". The size was a prerequisite for our exhibit. I really enjoyed the second half of this study once I became acquainted with my new friend.
MIX will have a website soon that I will publish so that you can meet some of the other talented artists in the group. The site will be published shortly so stay tuned! If you are in the area where the show is on exhibit, drop by and take a look. We hope to have new venues for this show in the coming year along with additional works.
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