Curated by Danny Orendorff, 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence and Interim Programs Director for Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO Loving After Lifetimes of All This is an exhibition exploring the intersections of craft, (self-) care, apprenticeship, and survival within the practices of historically disadvantaged populations. Including artwork and ephemera from over 15 artists, activists, and archives nationwide, this exhibition considers ‘craft’ in an expanded sense to include such practices as homeopathy, scrapbooking, gardening, and other do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies for self-reliance.
With a focus on intergenerational skill-sharing, this exhibition positions craft-practice alongside the histories of community service, citizen journalism, and volunteerism, as another potential strategy for cultural resistance. In addition to traditional techniques such as weaving, quilting, ceramics, and woodworking, artists in this exhibition incorporate video, photography, archival material, and performance into their multi-disciplinary projects that often hybridize the historical with the contemporary.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC
Exhibition Dates: January 30 – May 23, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Free docent-led exhibition tours will be held weekly on Saturdays at 2 pm, starting February 28 through May 2, 2015.
Gina Adams (Lawrence, KS); Tanya Aguiñiga (Los Angeles, CA); Natalie M. Ball (Chiloquin, OR); Jonathan D. Barnett (Kansas City, MO); NedRa Bonds (Kansas City, KS); Sonya Clark (Richmond, VA); Matthew Dehaemers (Kansas City, MO); Christopher Leitch (Kansas City, MO); Judith G. Levy (Lawrence, KS); Ramekon O’Arwisters (San Francisco, CA); Tina Takemoto (San Francisco, CA); and Temporary Services (Chicago, IL & Copenhagen, Denmark)
Exhibition highlights include an installation of artwork and video from San Francisco artist Tina Takemoto’s Looking for Jiro Onuma and Gentleman’s Gaman projects (2011). Inspired by the life of Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese-American imprisoned within America’s Japanese incarceration camps during WWII, Takemoto has produced a performance film and various handcrafted objects that investigate Onuma’s strategies for survival. Sonya Clark, of Richmond, VA, will have four artworks on view relative to her ongoing investigations of early African-American entrepreneurship and endurance, including Barbershop Pole (2008) produced entirely from black combs. Two painted quilts from Klamath/Modoc artist Natalie M. Ball (Chiloquin, OR) interpret the reemergence of Modoc Ghost Dance ceremonies within contemporary tribal contexts. Chicago and Copenhagen-based collaboration Temporary Services contributes Booklet Cloud (1998-2014), an interactive installation of suspended publications, including How-To’s and guides to ‘creative approaches to living radically,’ produced by their publishing imprint Half Letter Press.
This exhibition was organized by Charlotte Street Foundation 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff. The exhibition and related programs receive support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council.
ABOUT DANNY ORENDORFF
Recently heralded by Chicago Magazine as one of Chicago’s “Six Young Art Curators You Should Know,” Danny Orendorff has curated large‐scale exhibitions for international contemporary art spaces, including; All Good Things Become Wild & Free at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), Learning to Love You More at MU Gallery (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), and There is Always a Machine Between Us at SF Camerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA), who also hosted his Andy Warhol Foundation supported exhibition, Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, co‐curated with Adrienne Skye Roberts in 2010. Orendorff is currently a contributing writer to Art in America Online and Bad at Sports, and has previously written for NewCity Chicago, Camerawork Journal of Photographic Arts, and Shotgun Review. For more information, visit http://dandannydaniel.com
ABOUT CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION
Over 17 years, Charlotte Street has challenged, nurtured, and empowered thousands of artists, distributed almost $900,000 in awards and grants to artists and their projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. Charlotte Street—with its community of artists—strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas, and surprise. For more information about Charlotte Street and its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit www.charlottestreet.org.
Artist Talk with Sonya Clark
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
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Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts) and 2014 ArtPrize recipient Sonya Clark will discuss the use of human hair and combs in her artwork to address race, culture, class, and history.
Clark begins with the premise that hairdressing is the first textile art. Hair is both her subject and medium. Combs as tools of hairdressing also become her subject and medium. She makes hair into cloth, cloth into hair, and combs into cloth and hair. Throughout her art practice she finds narratives. She says, “Charged with agency, otherwise passive objects have the mysterious ability to reflect or absorb us. I find my image, my personal story, in an object. But it is also the multiple ways an object can be discovered or read, that draws me in. My stories, your stories, our stories are held in the object. I work in series to reframe the object as a compilation of our stories. In this way, the everyday “thing” becomes a lens through which we may better see one another.”
Guided tour of the Burton Street Community Peace Garden with DeWayne Barton
Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 2:00 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Location: Burton Street Community Peace Garden, 47 Bryant Street, Asheville, NC 28806.
Parking is available along Bryant street
Join artist, poet and social entrepreneur DeWayne Barton for a guided tour of the Burton Street Community Peace Garden. Founded in 2003 by Barton and his wife Safi Mahaba, the garden was created as a response to the local issues facing the Burton Street Community, including drug trafficking, crime, and the I-26 corridor expansion. Installed throughout the garden, Barton’s found-object sculptures are both a response to and provoke reflection on the social and environmental injustice facing Asheville and our greater global community.
DeWayne Barton (B-Love) is a sculptor and moving spoken word poet who combines his creative practice with community activism. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Barton co- founded Green Opportunities, a “green-collar” job training program for young adults. With his wife Safi Mahaba, Barton created The Burton Street Community Peace Garden in 2003, and is currently the founder and director of Creative Ambitions, a social enterprise that uses art to drive social change.
The Materials-Based Research Grant is a new, pilot grant from initiative from CCCD that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).