"Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the type of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig." - Malcolm Gladwell Outliers pg 150
It has been an endurance run these last few months working toward showing work in 5 states.
The Barns Studios 2013: The Resident Artists of Penland School of Crafts in Asheville, North Carolina from October 11 - November 1 2013 at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery. This show features the work of the 6 current Residents: Robin Johnston, Tom Shields, Micah Evans, Rachel Meginnes, David Eichelberger, and Dustin Farnsworth.
FuN HoUSe in Little Rock, Arkansas from October 15 - December 10, 2013 at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This invitational exhibition features the work of Zina Al-Shukri, Chuck and George, Heidi Schwegler, and Dustin Farnsworth. This exhibition was curated by Brad Cushman.
Sprawl in Houston, Texas from October 4, 2013 - January 19, 2014 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This invitational exhibition features the work of : Dylan J. Beck, Kathryn Clark, Beatrice Coron, Dustin Farnsworth, Julia Gabriel, Nancy Nicholson, Sara Pfau, Keith Renner, Paul Sacaridiz, Carrie Schneider, E. Ryan Simmons, Demitra Thomloudis, Norwood, Viviano, Ashley Wahba, Dane Youngren, and Andrea Zeuner. The Exhibition was co-curated by former HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Susie J. Silbert and former HCCC Curator, Anna Walker. You can see the exhibition catalog here.
Taking Shape in Chicago, Illinois from October 31 - November 4, 2013 at SOFA Chicago on Navey Pier. This show was curated by Cindi Strauss and features the work of former Windgate Grant Fellows Tom Alward, Josh Copus, Andrea Donnelly, Dustin Farnsworth, Jenny Fine, Erin Rose Gardner, Kathleen Janvier, JooHyun Lee, Aaron McIntosh, Nate Moren, Alexis Myre, Elizabeth Staiger, Amelia Toelke, and Thoryn Ziemba. An article on the exhibit written by the curator Cindi Strauss can be found here.
Craft Forms 2013 in Wayne, Pennsylvania from December 6, 2013 - January 25, 2014 at Wayne Art Center. This show was curated by Lena Vigna.
I hope that you can make it to one of these exhibitions!
The ice cold water of the Little Pigeon river... Close your eyes and it's almost like lake Michigan.
This past weekend the lovely Mrs. Farnsworth and I drove to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN to see the Annual Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Exhibition featuring the works of some dear friends. It is hard to believe that the AIR at Arrowmont have been there for almost a year- until you see the works that they have been busy producing. It was a great time to reflect not only on their growth since interviews a year ago during the end of my residency but also to reflect on my own time at Arrowmont with Phil, Chandra, and Lisa. It was surreal to walk through Pollard (the residents house) and the studios seeing things that lay where we had left them when leaving last may. A home away from home.
On the exhibitions title wall the resident artists included this curio-esk grouping of inspiring objects. I found this simple but beautiful inclusion to be very insightful, especially to viewers who would normally not have this more intimate experience. The collected objects are microcosms of the artists studio spaces, giving the viewer a point of reference to the pieces in the exhibition- something that is rarely included in exhibitions. Nice touch.
Shown here are some exquisite pieces by Ashley that deal with the intimate preservation of memory. Included in her display area were dead leaves in and amongst the pedestals and surrounding some skeletal structures of gravestones. I particularly enjoy the piece on the right in that its display also gives it a tombstone form, as is in the reflection as well. Mrs. Farnsworth and I were also quite fond of the piece on the left.
David's work included a very large installation of raw clay affixed to wire structures (wonderful and slightly unnerving to navigate through) as well as some smaller wall hung installations with more wire connective structures and raw clay. There were also some pieces that were only the structure like the piece pictured in the center titled U-Turn. If you look at the negative spaces of that piece, you can see that symbol emerge.
These handsome utilitarian ceramic pieces are the works of Jason. It has been exciting to watch his work evolve and mature over this last year. With surfaces so lush that you may even question whether they should ever leave the wall- the fine china of our generation. The surfaces are of these pieces are a delight to explore... and nearly impossible not to touch. Seeing the leaps and strides of Jason working like a freight train is always inspiring.
Also, notice the subliminal red dots on the surface of the right piece… they inspire viewers to place their own red dots next to the pieces on the wall. (SOLD!)
Jason also exhibited works on paper that included this installation of sewn and printed fabric and paper. This piece was positioned in front of an air duct that kept the pieces flags and banner (Happy Birthday Joseph) waving in anticipation. I wish that I had an image of the statement included on the adjacent wall, which was great.
These jems are the works of Heather. She has been working on some very finely crafted furniture pieces. On the left are three chair/ottoman sets- all of which have woven cord tops. I enjoy the traditional waving process with the modern pop of color. On the right is another well-crafted table with milk paint color and delicate bent laminations on the legs.
Another entery table by Heather.
And lastly, Erin's fabric and painting works. Unfortunately, as I think is common with many textile pieces, you cannot fully appreciate these works without seeing them in person. The intense amount of detail included in these pieces is missed in person to the untrained eye. Erin's work is at once both chaotic and tightly refined, deeply invested with painstaking stitching and exploration of materials and form.
And there you have it. Well done. It was nice to walk around campus while being inundated with memories from my year at the residency. There are details that only those in the group with me would find humor in, such as the binoculars still sitting on the porch waiting to spy across to the next mountain and other evidence of our time. It's always a pleasure to happen across some unexpected reminders as well.
I wanted to share this post card for an upcoming exhibition in Asheville, NC - Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft. This show features the works of 16 North Carolina artists juried by Kathryn Gremley. There are some familiar faces in the show including two of my fellow artist's in residence - Rachel Meginnes and Robin Johnston (both very amazing fiber artists) and former Penland Resident Artist and Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence Sondra Dorn, another great textile artist. I am excited to be included in this show as well with the pieces Saint Ann's Theatre, Maunder, and Swan Song: The Myth of Detroit.
Check at HandMade in America's web site to see works from all of the artists in this show, to be posted soon.
You may have noticed a new image on the homepage, The Understood Weight, which is one of two pieces I've recently finished. I've been working this piece as well as Promontory for the last five months. You can find more images of these works on the 'Form' page of the web site. Also, I've posted new images of a recently finished coffee table, The Affair (black tie) 2012, on the 'Function' page. All photos of these new works were taken by photo mastermind Steve Mann.
I have a busy month ahead, begining three new works and finishing work on another coffee table. I will also be visiting Arizona State University for a public lecture and student critiques. Excited for some sunshine and warmth!
I hope the sun is shining on you today.
Hey All -
This wonderful show I am in with Brent Skidmore and Timothy Maddox is closing tonight in South Carolina. The show is very dear to my heart, and all three of us will be talking about our experiences together this evening. I hope you can make it! If not, I will be posting images and some words about it in the coming days. Hope to see you!
In thinking about leaping this morning, and of goals, and of wholes, and of pieces - I'm wondering if the answer is about starting were you left off. Building to that point. Now start. Start again. Start again.