Woven, Mixed, Tied, and Attached: Fiber As Message, Organized By Ramekon O’Arwisters • Carlo Abruzzese • Looking Inward • Weather Reports: Luis Estrada • At NIAD Art Center through April 26 //

Artists are compelled to discover new and appropriate ways of creating and expressing their worldview through art. “Woven, Mixed, Tied, and Attached” explores how objects communicate different meanings and messages when juxtaposed in varied and unlikely ways. Whether it involves the gluing together or the joining of two- and three-dimensional found or everyday objects, the primary element in this exhibition is fiber and textile.

Not so long ago, working in fiber or incorporating textile techniques, was not considered fine art. Today, the medium of fiber in all of its forms and manifestations, has found a well-deserved placed in the artworld. “Woven, Mixed, Tied, and Attached” continues the far-reaching and revolutionary potential of the fiber arts to inform and influence current issues in contemporary art.  

Included in this exhibition are: Barbara Arbogast, Mireya Betances, Vanessa Bravo, Phyllis Carr, Raquel Charles, Darlene Farr, Sylvia Fragoso, Raven Harper, Shana Harper, Donzell Lewis, Erica Martinez, Dorothy Porter, Maria Radilla, Shantae Robinson, Carlota Rodriguez and Linda Stewart.

A San Francisco-based, social-practice artist, Ramekon O’Arwisters is the founder of Crochet Jam, a community-arts project infused with folk-art traditions that foster a creative culture in cooperative relationships. His Crochet Jam events allow a diverse audience to create together, refocusing energy toward shared goals. Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, O’Arwisters earned a M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 1986. He was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. Grants and Awards include Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, NY, the San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Program. He also received the 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco. His work has been featured in the LA TimesSan Francisco Chronicle7×7 MagazineArtnet, and the San Francisco Examiner. He is the former curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum at the San Francisco International Airport.

This is the second exhibition Ramekon O’Arwistesters has organized at NIAD.

Carlo Abruzzese

San Francisco artist Carlo Abruzzese mines data and what he finds is the basis for his abstract work, which is sorta like an overactive Hans Hoffman painting. NIAD is pleased to show Carlo’s work from two different data sets: ethnic diversity in the Bay Area and migration patterns around the globe.

Carlo Abruzzese’s work integrates the disparate worlds of fine art and quantitative information. Taking data from the US Census and other public websites relating to ethnic backgrounds, religion, immigration, geography and identity—topics that define our modern world—he recomposes these statistics into visual form, creating images that encourage us to re-interpret the world. He is currently working on several series of paintings translating statistical data on ethnic diversity from the US Census into works of art. He received his Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also has been a Visiting Studio Instructor in Architecture. He has exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the David Brower Center in Berkeley and numerous galleries throughout the Bay Area.

This is the first solo exhibition of Carlo Abruzzese’s work at NIAD Art Center.

Looking Inward

Originally organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, “Looking Inward” features works from residents of the Bay Area senior care facilities, may of whom live with memory disorders, such as such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Participating artists were encouraged to draw inspiration from Disney animator Eyvind Earle’s work. When questioned about his art, Earle sad” (I)f I close my eyes, I see the finished painting before I start it… It’s as though I see it for a second and a half, then it fades and I have just the memory.” Like Earle, the contributing artists for “Looking Inward” use their experiences and emotions to visualize their personal journeys. Museum representatives visited partner facilities (Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, Pacific Senior Living, The Curry Senior Center) regularly to offer ongoing instruction and artistic support.

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to the level of fine art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global yet distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000-square foot facility features the newest technology along with a vast collection of historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, myriad interactive galleries presenting early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and much more. The museum is a nonprofit organization located in the Presidio of San Francisco.

This is the first show organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum to travel to NIAD Art Center.

Weather Reports: Luis Estrada

Upon first encounter with NIAD artist Luis Estrada’s work it is evident that the artist is obsessed with the weather. His paintings and drawings are peppered with meteorological symbols and diagrams. One quickly notices that entangled amongst the weather is information about the local train systems — freight and transit — as well as images from professional wrestling. We’re delighted to show Estrada’s large- and small-scale drawings.

This is Luis Estrada’s first solo exhibition at the Art Center.