Art + Identityby Polly Leonard
Continuing its 32-year legacy of representing and exhibiting works devoted to contemporary fibre arts, browngrotta arts is proud to announce this year’s “Art in the Barn” multimedia group show Art + Identity: an international view, from 27th April - 5th May. The exhibition will feature more than fifty international artists whose works are included in major museum collections around the world.
With a representation of artists reflecting five continents, the exhibition will take an expansive survey of identity and art in a global world. The identity that each artist explores may be personal, political, social or cultural; it may reflect the influence of a hometown, country of birth or adoption, a place visited, or a region whose art has made an impression, an artistic or scientific movement or a broader focus on the effects globalization. Works by artists from, or influenced by, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the UK will create an intriguing dialogue about the influence of culture, geography and personal experience and spur questions about the universality of art.
The range of works will include ceramic vessels, woodblock prints, three-dimensional sculptures made of paper, wood jute, wax linen, steel and lead, and basket forms of bark and twigs, ginger and bamboo, willow and cedar. A number of artists have created wall works of linen, viscose, steel, cotton, horsehair, coconut fibres and in one case, silk, from silkworm raised by the artists. The techniques are as varied as the materials -- weaving, plaiting, knotting, molding, ikat, tying, bundling, crochet, Kagami and photography.
27 April - 5 May 2019, browngrotta arts