I was happy to participate in this November's West Coast Craft show, held at Ft. Mason in SF. It was a great show and I met some amazing people.
West Coast Craft is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftsmen and women inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle.
Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast craft.
Transmission Gallery, Oakland, California
Continuing through September 19, 2015
Avant-garde art aficionados of a certain (i.e., advanced) age will remember when the soft sculpture of Claes Oldenburg was the newest outrage against the cultural norm of traditional art materials. A decade later, women’s craft techniques and feminist criticism invaded male bastions of culture. Nowadays, sewn sculpture is no longer seen as a challenge to aesthetic gravitas or paternalistic authority, so Liz Robb’s new work in fiber, aligned with a postminimalist interest in process, can be rightly appreciated on its own terms.
Robb: “I work sculpturally to capture a moment in time using active processes that become meditations: indigo dyeing, weaving, wrapping, compressing, structuring, ordering, and releasing…. I utilize the power of the materials to construct architectural frames from which to build weighted objects in space.” “Large Indigo Coil” is a wall-hung spiral of braided fiber with ‘jets’ of cotton spraying from its ends, suggestive of marine invertebrates. “Nine Circles” transposes the Johnsian idea of repeated simple elements with variations in treatment, suggesting a typology or even — if you see the objects as transformations — a narrative. “Sunset,” with its knotted white valance and braided beige curtain separated by a thin band of orange, combines concealment and revelation, the unseen and the seen.
Liz Robb: New Work
I hope to see you Friday, August 7th, from 6-9pm for the reception of my solo exhibition at Transmission Gallery in Oakland!
The show runs from August 7 through September 19, 2015.
Transmission Gallery 770 West Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94612
More info about the exhibition can be found here.
Thurs./Fri. 12pm-6pm Saturdays 11am-5pm and by appointment
I'm still reeling after doing this summer's West Coast Craft! It was a great experience meeting awesome artists and designers and getting my work out to a larger audience. I wanted to share a few links from what people thought about my work and the show. Thanks for the love!
I had an amazing studio visit this week with the wonderfully talented Andria Lo! She is an amazing photographer and shot my finished work, in progress, and even Hank the pup. I'm very grateful to share the work she produced for my website, and please check out her website here.
I'm feverishly preparing for this summer's West Coast Craft! It's happening at the Fort Mason Center June 13-14, 10-6pm. There are many awesome artists and designers that will showcase their wares and I'm excited to show my work in an entirely new light hung outside gallery walls. More information can be found here and I look forward to seeing you there!
I've started a campaign to help fund my residency in Iceland this fall. I appreciate all the support I can get, and you'll be handsomely rewarded with some amazing art! Please help spread the word! Thanks!
I'm excited to share my interview with the wonderful ladies at Kind Aesthetic, Andrea and Sara. They were extremely helpful in achieving my New Year's resolutions in regards to my art business, and I am continuing to achieve my goals with the tips and help they shared with me during our time together. A link to the post can be found here, and more information about the Delve Toolkit is here.
I was able to attend the Artists; Women Exhibition held at Vessel Gallery in Oakland. The opening reception was busy and the space was amazing! It's located in downtown Oakland's art district. More information can be found here about the space and current exhibition!
I'm excited to announce I've been accepted to do a two month residency at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós, Iceland this September and October! It also coincides with the sheep and horse roundup, which consists of steering wild sheep back from the mountains for the winter! I seriously cannot wait.
More information about the residency can be found here.
I've started preparing for my upcoming group exhibition at Gensler architecture firm, opening February 12! I'll be delivering 19 pieces to their office Friday, installing Monday, and opening Thursday! More information about Gensler can be found here. If you're in the Bay Area, you should come to the opening reception Thursday, February 12, from 5.50-7.30.
The Bold Italic's Dogpatch Microhood event was this Thursday a few blocks from the studio! I had another quick peek at the Museum of Craft & Design's Chris Eckert's exhibition, which was just as alluring as ever, on view through April 19, 2015.
This piece was started in the backyard of my Savannah, Georgia home at about this time last year. It's taken on several forms, most recently knotted and tied, keeping to a formal gridded square. It's my first foray into painting warps with synthetic material on top of the natural indigo.
I was fortunate to attend the Fog Art & Design Fair at the Ft. Mason Pavilion in San Francisco this past weekend. It was an inspiring show filled with many tapestries, paintings, & awesome furniture. A personal favorite was the 21POP: Cotton installation, created by Stanlee R. Gatti and dedicated to "craft by hand," in this case, cotton from seed to garment. Bushels of cotton and looms in action created a magical landscape. Voices of Industry was weaving cotton yardage and explaining her process from fiber to finish. Totally inspiring.
I was able to take a trip out to the Headlands Center for the Arts this Sunday for the opening of their new exhibition titled (Im)Materiel. It's open until February 22, and I'd highly recommend checking it out!
More information here.
I was able to attend the opening reception of Chris Eckert's new exhibition titled "Mechanical Parables," where I was greeted by tapping fingers and automated calligraphy. Also on view was "Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth," which explores the medium of ceramics coupled with digital technologies. More information can be found here, and both are on view until April 20, 2015.