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Upcoming and Current Exhibitions and Events
Jack Fischer Gallery is pleased to present Against the Grain, a two-person show featuring the work of Stephanie Metz and Kyong Ae Kim. The show runs through February 25, 2017.
Organic forms, unusual materials and process-oriented work create a dialog between the artists. Both undermine the structure of hardness by visually breaking it down in translucent layers or rendering it in soft materials. Hard versus soft, solid versus layered, strong yet delicate, both body of works contain opposing qualities creating an intrinsic contradiction that is visually engaging.
Stephanie Metz’s use of felted wool is an ongoing investigation into its potential for physical manipulation and conceptual redefinition. Her current body of work, Flesh & Bone, is a series of small studies and human sized sculptures that reference parts of the body, from soft weighty folds of flesh to the stripped down abstract architecture of bones.
Metz’s process is laborious and exacting: a slow, deliberate accumulation of fibers compacted into nearly solid and precise shapes through repetitive hand work with sharp, notched felting needles. Felt may be a ubiquitous material, yet few are familiar with its manufacture or its sculptural capacity.
Kyong Ae Kim’s recent work Paper Stroke and The Skulls directs us to study the symbiotic relationships of living creatures. While fragile and vulnerable they are constantly challenged by their surroundings to evolve and hybridize.
Kyong sculpts miniature figurines, which are photographed and digitally manipulated. Subsequently, the digital images are transformed into multiple layers to imply the time and evolutionary processes. Kyong’s latest work, The Skulls is sourced from photographs of endangered species such as the polar bear and elephant. The artist oscillates between the virtual and physical steps to amplify the images. These processes are vital to precisely eliminate, layer, simplify, and hybridize the forms to generate the complexity.
Against the Grain is on view at the 311 Potrero gallery through February 25. Tuesday - Saturday, 11- 5:30 and by appointment.
Stephanie has been named a 2015 Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, the Santa Clara County nonprofit whose mission is to ignite investment and engagement in arts and creativity in Silicon Valley. Now in its 25th year, the Artist Laureate Program awards grants to artists in honor of their creative work and contribution to the community. Black Sheep: The Darker Side of Felt was curated by Laura Mabbutt for the National Centre for Craft & Design in the U.K.; it is now traveling throughout the region. Click here for tour dates, locations, and information.
View Metz's kinetic felt piece interpreting the work of a U.S.G.S. scientist's work Synechdoche.
S T E P H A N I E M E T Z
Teddy bear skulls are now available in a way that is more accessible, affordable, and... wearable. Introducing my new Zazzle online store featuring apparel sporting the two-dimensional cousin to my felted wool teddy bear skull sculptures.
Shop online for 2-dimensional original artwork through the new store on the Square Marketplace:
Selected Past Exhibitions:
Methods of Collection opened February 11 at the Esther Klein Gallery in West Philadelphia. Run by the University City Science Center, the gallery uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology.
Artwork included taxidermy, crystallized skeletons, photography, felted embryos, crocheted skeletons, and anatomical studies, to name just a few. Artists include: Terri Aluise, Richard Barnes, Travis Bedel, Beth Beverly, Lauren Davies, Greg Eaton, Darla Jackson, Stephanie Metz, Caitlin T. McCormack, Deborah Simon, Tyler Thrasher, Pierre Trombert, and Nathan Vieland.
A Bird in the Hand at the Palo Alto Art Center opened January 16, with a free community reception attended by over 600 people. The event featured live birds, food trucks, hands-on artmaking, and more. Curated by Selene Foster, the exhibition ran through April 10.
'Since earliest recorded history, birds have inspired both awe and superstition. Their flapping, singing, tapping, and preening feed our imaginations visiting not only the dreams of artists, but the collective consciousness of the entire human race. For this exhibition we have created our very own exotic aviary, featuring the work of more than 40 artists from around the world.'
Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences: a cocktail party amongst the exhibits. Stephanie will be demonstrating the making of a teddy skull as part of the celebration of the new Skulls exhibition. Thursday, May 22, 6-10pm. Tickets required, 21+ only. More information
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, November 2013 - January 2014
Santa Clara University, August 17 - December 2, 2012
Eleven Northern California artists whose innovative work incorporating textiles transcends the art vs. craft, utility vs. beauty divide.
Earth.Science.Art, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA and U.S.G.S. Headquarters, Reston, VA An interdisciplinary project pairing artists from California's Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area with research scientists from the U. S. Geological Survey's Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. I created a kinetic wind-driven felted wool installation piece in response to researcher Jessica Lacy's work with temporal cycles and their effect on plant life and sedimentation. My artwork involves simple harmonic motion, visual traveling waves, and a crash course in physics. But it appears fairly elegant and simple. See a video of the piece.. A seductive and haunting exhibition exploring the complexities of femininity. Featuring the work of Bay Area artists Jody Alexander, Connie Begg, Victoria May, Stephanie Metz, and Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale was both a subtle homage and commentary of domesticity, social constructs, and the feminine experience. See images of the exhibition.