Helen Day Art Center announces the solo exhibition of Long Beach, CA based artist, activist, and scholar, Carole Frances Lung aka Frau Fiber. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Lung utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances. People’s Cloth Trade Show: The t-shirt is the problem plays off the concept of a textile trade show creating an immersive environment for visitors to learn about the global production of the t-shirt, and how to upcycle, reuse and extend the life of the t-shirt. The People’s Cloth Trade Show consists of a two part installation, Mapping Manufacturing Room and Leisure Time for Personal Production Room. Mapping Manufacturing area is a series of large scale chalk drawings, mapping the global production of the t-shirt and a pile of t-shirts donated by visitors to the exhibition.** Leisure Time for Personal Production area consists of a collection of upcycled t-shirt samples; rugs, basket cookers, and t-shirt shopping bags. Secondly there will be an instructional video of how to make a incubated basket cooker, with a work table for participants to make their own basket. People’s Cloth Trade Show: The t-shirt is the problem is curated by Rachel Moore, Assistant Director & Chief Curator, Helen Day Art Center.
Intimacy + Materiality explores material and pronounces the handmade or methods of making through the lens of contemporary studio, social, and design practices. Many of the ten artists come with expertise in traditional making techniques and their concepts - from costume to crochet, screen print to stitch - while others combine disparate materials to produce sculptural objects and collage. The work in this exhibition finds its roots in material that we wrap ourselves in daily in the most intimate ways - from clothing to bedding - and departs. The artists take inspiration from the processes and techniques used from fashion to hardcore craft to create both gorgeously rich and politically enticing sculptural and two-dimensional works. From simplicity to excess, each explores their intimate environments and translates into contemporary works, often citing the historic tradition of technique through concept or execution. Opening Reception: 22 January 6:00 - 8:00pm Artist Talks: 22 January 6:30pm with Sarah Amos & Liz Collins
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Get unstuck and feel your creative flow! Paint big, paint fast, paint deep, paint strong. Surprise yourself. Learn how to get our of your own way and access your unconscious, which is the source of your best and most satisfying painting. Through exercises and experimentation with various techniques and materials, painters in this workshop will gain insight into the blocks that keep them from doing their strongest work. Instructor: Galen Cheney