Stephanie Metz: Figurative Fiber
CLOSING SOON! The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents a solo retrospective of Stephanie Metz’s sculpture. Stephanie Metz: Figurative Fiber runs from February 23 - June 9. The exhibition, installed in the SJICA’s Off-Center Gallery, highlights pieces spanning eight years from eight bodies of work including teddy bear skulls, porcupine-quill-studded creatures, clothing overtaken by hair, wool drawings, and Flesh and Bone sculptures.
New Work currently viewable at Jack Fischer Gallery, SF
A new ‘Unnatural History’ piece can currently be seen in Jack's second-floor gallery at Minnesota Street Project: ‘Unicornus brunneis’ is a fetal unicorn specimen in an antique glass jar. This specimen, measuring 9 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches, is unique with its brown horn and clearly male sex organs, only occasionally visible at this stage of development. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5:30 and by appointment.
Limited items are available through the online Square Market portal. New catalogs, wool drawings, prints, and some small sculptures can be purchased online and shipped to you. International customers, please contact the artist directly at stephanie(at)stephaniemetz.com.
Upcoming Felting Parties
If you’d like to make a hands-on contribution to the InTouch Project, you are invited to drop in to help apply wool to sculpture on Saturday,May 11, 10am - 4pm. Total beginners and more experienced helpers can contribute with some training. No need to stay the entire time, but please RSVP if you plan to come in to stephanie(at)stephaniemetz.com or sign up here. The studio is COLD at this time of year, so wear layers.
Previously on view in San Francisco
Jack Fischer Gallery presented Against the Grain, a two-person show featuring the work of Stephanie Metz and Kyong Ae Kim. The show ran 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.
Stephanie was 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 28th year, the Artist Laureate Program awards grants to artists in honor of their creative work and contribution to the community.