“Weaving Circle,” “Modern Times,” and “Selections Of NIAD Work From The Joan Finton Art Collection” are on view March 2-26, 2020 at NIAD Art Center’s galleries, 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Opening reception is Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Thirsty Thursday is Thursday, March 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Weaving Circle, Organized By Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club
“Weaving Circle,” organized by Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club, showcases NIAD artist weaving practices together with those of masterful Guatemalan backstrap weavers (living in the Bay Area.) To extend the visual dialog, the works in the show are juxtaposed alongside of and even on top of photographs of historic Guatemalan woven garments from the Mills College Art Museum Collection. Additionally, warp boards, a backstrap loom, and a weaving-in-progress will reside in the gallery as an active weaving lab. In conjunction with this exhibition, Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club will host a series of demonstrations and workshops for NIAD artists and the public in the weaving lab area of the gallery. “Weaving Circle” brings together people, cultures, and time to illuminate some of the complexities of what it means to be a working artist now.
Participating artists from NIAD are Jeremy Burleson, Evelyn Davis, Marta Padron, Karen May, Raven Harper, Carlota Rodriguez, Felicia Griffin, and Donzell Lewis.
Círculo Tejido/Backstrap Club is an Oakland-based community group that creates a space for Guatemalan backstrap weavers and those interested in learning the art of backstrap weaving. We strive to provide weavers with a meeting place and the supplies needed to sustain this art form, while also promoting cross-collaboration with other communities through weaving classes, weaving demonstrations, and weaving exhibitions. Members of Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club are Emma Spertus, Erin Kökdil, and Maricela Martin Aguilar.
Modern Times: Matthew Langley
“Modern Times: Matthew Langley” features nearly two dozen new limited-edition serigraphs from New York artist Matthew Langley. As he explains, “When I first started making the images that make up this exhibition, I was thinking in terms of hot and cool, that is hot and cool in relation to how we perceive and act, not the temperature. I was drawn to the approaches to image making by artists like Linder Sterling and Barney Bubbles, both of these artists being almost the opposite of each other while totally coming from the same creative impulse. I find that approach, the ability to use somethings opposite or at least use a mindset that incorporates the differences in the image, a strong method for producing images that hold my attention. I also realized that I wanted these images to be deadpan and as “dry” as possible. They also needed be approachable, but a little bit off-putting.
I wanted to use the ideas and approaches of punk and post punk – specifically the recontextualization of consumer images and icons in a way that comments on sexuality, class, and modernism in our daily lives. As people we have relationships of so many different kinds, caring and loving, manipulated and uncaring and mixtures of both. These attitudes are all over everything we do and see.”
Matthew Langley received his BFA from Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC in 1985. Since then, Langley’s work has been shown extensively in the United States and Europe through numerous group and solo exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include; Big Circle at M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, In Color at Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA and The Unified Field at Blank Space, New York, NY. Langley’s artworks have also been included in various public and corporate collections including; the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, The Doris Patz Collection at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Ernest and Young, PNC Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue, Norwegian Cruise Lines, MacAndrews & Forbes and the State Department of the United States. He currently lives and works in New York. Although he has donated work to NIAD benefit exhibitions, this is his first solo show at the Art Center.
Selections Of NIAD Work From The Joan Finton Art Collection
We are honored and delighted to be showing more than a dozen historic works by NIAD artists from the collection of Berkeley artist and educator Joan Finton.
Joan explains her history with the Art Center, “Having taught art in New York City high schools for many years I was already aware of the surprising well-springs of creativity that could emerge from seemingly unlikely sources. After moving to the Bay Area in 1974, I continued teaching art but, this time, to older adults living in skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities. Developing projects for this population turned out to be challenging… and fun.
I cannot remember exactly when I discovered NIAD, but when I did, I loved what I saw, and began to buy. And about 15 years ago I was given the opportunity of teaching at NIAD, which I did for a year. My attachment to the studio, its artists and their amazing studio manager Andres Cisneros-Galindo, solidified.”
The exhibition includes works from Jeremy Burleson, Katherine Davis, Mimi Englin, Dorothy Porter, Kevin Randolph, Donald Walker, and Billy White, as well as a selection of repurposed pizza boxes from a project led by Ms Finton.
For this Thirsty Thursday, we’ll be hosting an open-bar (craft beer, spirits and amazing wines) with some snack sides. On hand will be organizers Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club as well as some of our artists. To set the mood, we’ll have a few choice records spinning on the phonograph.
At 5:45 pm, Circulo Tejido/Backstrap Club will give a walk-through of “Weaving Circle,” the wonderful exhibition they’ve organized in our Main Gallery. You’ll learn a lot! Admission is free.
Thirsty Thursday and our Opening Receptions are sponsored in kind by GoldLine Brands – A Winery Group. We’re very grateful for their support.