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Knitted Knotted Netted Opening

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hunterdon Art Museum exterior in October 2009

'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' curated by Hildreth York

Pat Hickman video, 'The Gates' (1991-1994)

Ann Coddington Rast's 'Longing' installation

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Karen Ciaramella (background)

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Ann Coddington Rast (background)

Karen Ciaramella's wool forms/installation

Karen Ciaramella's 'Divine Goddess'

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' series

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' (detail)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Ruth Marshall's 'Coral Snake Series'

A special thanks to Knitted, Knotted, Netted's curator Hildreth York for her vision and unique way of allowing artists to come together to weave a greater collective story.

Curator Hildreth York presenting in front of work by Norma Minkowitz

Aziumth: Writing on Walls at THE LAND

Posted on: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Azimuth: Writing on Walls
June 6 - July 17, 2009
Opening reception June 6, 6-9 pm

A text-environment based on a free renga by Miriam Sagan and fourteen other poets at THE LAND/an art site gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than twenty books, including the recent Map of the Lost from University of New Mexico Press. Beginning with exerpts from poetry she wrote during a residency at THE LAND/an art site, she created this gallery-sized, collaborative poem with JB Bryan, Paula Castillo, Abigail Doan, Ephia, Dale Harris, Phyllis Hoge, J. A. Lee, Sabra Moore, Terry Mulert, Steve Peters, Suzanne Sbarge, John Tritica, Stefi Weisburd and Mera Wolf.

'It Is Beautiful Here' Opens Today

Posted on: Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hibernation 01 (fiber form), Abigail Doan 2008

So very exciting that my recycled textile fiber forms are featured in an international exhibit that opens to the public today in Fiskars, Finland. Although I was not in attendance for the gala opening and press preview of 'It Is Beautiful Here' last night, I do intend to travel to Fiskars with my family this summer to soak in and document the exhibit in person.

Fiskars is an amazing historic village that has a lasting tradition of supporting artisans and craftspersons. I want to extend a special thank you to the curators and organizers of this exhibition, as they have been incredibly lovely to work with. Next up, an exhibition on 'knitting, knotting, and netting' at the Hunterdon Museum of Art this October. What a great year for fiber exploration and travel thus far.

Interior views of Fiskar's Onoma Galleries and The Granary exhibition space

Opening a Book Exhibition Photos

Posted on: Sunday, April 19, 2009

THE LAND/gallery, April 2009

Basia Irland (foreground), installation view

Basia Irland

Abigail Doan

Kathy Bruce

Mary Ellen Long

Mary Ellen Long

Curator notes, Jeffrey A. Lee

THE BOOK is, then, the container of provocation.[1]

Consider a book as a sequence (of texts, images, objects, ideas) bound or otherwise contained so that it’s kept together and in order. The binding or container also preserves its contents.

The book for me should be without limits, like the desert, thus an exploded book… a desert form whose only limits are the four horizons.[2]

Consider the sequence of seasons, of growth and perpetuation, of metamorphosis, or any other natural sequence. What binds it together or contains it? What preserves it? What interrupts or disturbs it, and what are the consequences?

Books, like ecologies, are local systems. Like an ecosystem, any part removed from a book compromises the whole. Unlike an ecosystem, anything put into a book can belong there.

THE SPACE we love is unwilling to remain permanently enclosed. It deploys and appears to move elsewhere without difficulty…[3]

I know from my experience that books ultimately convey their own unspeakable language to the solitary reader.[4]

A book is a sequence of spaces.[5]

[1] Dick Higgins
[2] Edmond Jabès
[3] Gaston Bachelard
[4] Harry Reese
[5] Ulises Carrión

* The LAND/an art site

Opening a Book Opens This Weekend

Posted on: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Opening a Book: Environmental Artists' Books opens this Saturday, April 4th at THE LAND/gallery in Albuquerque, NM. If you will be in the area and have not yet visited THE LAND/an art site's new exhibition space, this a great opportunity to see and support land-based art in New Mexico and beyond. Saturday's opening reception will be from 6pm-9pm. You can read more about upcoming LAND events and projects here.

*Opening a Book artists include:

David Abel
Kathy Bruce
Abigail Doan
Basia Irland
Mary Ellen Long
Alastair Noble
mARK oWEns
Maria Delgado Rooks
Marilyn Stablein
Beata Wehr
Margaret Whiting

Curator: J. A. Lee

Seasonal Shades Preview

Posted on: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My fiber enviro-book project, Seasonal Shades, is finally ready to travel out west to THE LAND/an art site's gallery in Albuquerque, NM. 'Opening a Book' opens on Saturday, April 4, from 6pm - 9pm. I am still not sure if I will attend the opening, but I am so pleased that my work will be in such good company, regardless.

Seasonal Shades

Posted on: Monday, March 02, 2009

An enviro-book project (still in progress) for THE LAND/an art site. The soil is from my 2006 artist residency in Mountainair, NM.

Domestic Affairs

Posted on: Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Yes, we are contending with the Gazprom/Ukraine gas cut-off crisis here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lots of layering and preparations underway for the possible loss of heat and electricity. Regardless, experiments with recycled silk fabric that I have been cutting and crocheting into rope or 'reins of sorts' makes the home front feel warmer. Today I also sliced open a pomegranate that had been sitting on the kitchen window sill for far too long. Small gestures seem immense here.

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