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Fiberarts - April/May 2009
April/May 2009

 
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Contents
Work from Editor Marci Rae McDade’s residency
2008 Coby Grants
Denise Labadie’s megalith-inspired works
Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s non-performance work
Over 200 fiber-postcard valentines
Mandy Greer’s Silvering Path and Aqua Art Fair, Miami work
Residency and Retreat Resources
Angelika Werth’s Madeleines
Andrea Dezsö’s Heart
Clips from film and fiber favorites
Student Sampling call for entry
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April/May 2009

Mandy Greer

In our April/May 2009 issue, we featured the work of Mandy Greer. Greer embraces mythology and nature to transform familiar spaces into realms of enchantment. Her visceral and seductive crocheted environments, sculptures, and garments have recently come together in a collaborative fiber/dance/film project called The Silvering Path, 2008, with dancer and choreographer Haruko Nishimura and filmmaker Ian Lucero. Here we show a preview of the movie and Greer’s work that was shown at the Aqua Art Fair, Miami, December 4–7, 2008.

The Silvering Path will be screened later this spring at Museum of Contemporary Craft (MCC), Portland, Oregon. For specific dates and times, check the museum website or call (503) 223-2654. The exhibition Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce is on display at the MCC through May 31.

The Silvering Path Preview


The Silvering Path Preview at Vimeo


Mandy Greer at the Aqua Art Fair, Miami, 2008

By Suzanne Beal

In December 2008, the Bucheon Gallery of San Francisco invited Mandy Greer to create an installation at the international contemporary art exhibition Aqua Art Miami, Florida, a satellite fair to the annual Art Basel Miami Beach. Whereas Art Basel Miami and its sister fair, Art Basel, Switzerland, typically assign booths to their exhibitors, Aqua Art Miami was presented at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach and used the facility’s individual rooms to display a wide range of artwork. Exhibitors at the Aqua Hotel typically tend to disguise the fact that the rooms are sleeping areas. Not so for Sheila Cohen and Sidney Brown, owners of the Bucheon Gallery, who invited artists to play up the bedroom theme. Greer included (among other works) two pieces from her 2004 installation project the Wolf Prince and the Parrot Princess. In their original incarnations, these pieces—a white rag rug and a chandelier comprised of a multitude of pom-poms—evoked a vast arctic landscape that separated an amorous yet oddball couple. In Miami, they came together more literally as erotic ornament for the boudoir: the soft chandelier hung seductively overhead while the supple coverlet, like swirls of pure white snow, adorned the lovers’ bed.


Snowball Chandelier and Snowdrift Rag Rug (with details), 2004; wool and synthetic yarn, felt, steel and braided fabric; 4' x 4' x 6' (chandelier) and 10' x 10' x 4" (rug). Shown by Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, at Aqua Art Miami corresponding with Art Basel Miami Beach, December 4–7, 2008. Photos: Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley.

 

 

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