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Happening now: connect and collect at sjica
This year I contributed a framed wool drawing inspired by my geometric/organic forms from my 'Holdable' sculptures to the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art’s auction. The exhibition is up now, and (unless it’s already been snapped up), my piece will be available for purchase through the Silent Auction taking place this Saturday, October 12 from 5pm - 8pm. Free and open to the public, but you have to purchase a bidder number to bid. Get more info here: www.sjica.org
coming soon: Fall Open Studios and Holiday Sale days at The Alameda ArtWorks
On the first weekend in November you're invited to visit my studio to get a behind-the-scenes look at a very busy creative practice. From sketches to models to patterns and human-sized artwork in progress, my workspace is fairly different than most. I'll be stitching huge industrial felt sheets into sculpture for my InTouch exhibition--and accepting donations of packing peanuts if you want to contribute to the stuffing of my 'Holdable' sculptures! 17 artists will have their studios open on November 2nd and 3rd, 11am - 5pm.
Besides things to see, I'll also have small works available for sale at the Fall Open Studios, including framed wool drawings. You have another chance to shop for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts at our Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 11am - 5pm. This is your chance to see and purchase original art as it’s being birthed into the world!
The Alameda ArtWorks is at 1068 The Alameda in San Jose, with parking behind Recycle Bookstore and throughout the neighborhood. My space is located through the lime-green door off the parking lot.
In the farther distance: workshops!
I'm very excited to share that I'll be teaching at two great venues next year: first I'll teach a workshop as part of the California Sculptors Symposium at beautiful Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California from April 19 - 26th. Later in August I'll be heading to Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for the week of the 23 - 29th. This message serves as a heads-up, but neither venue has signups available yet. I'll share the info when it's live-- and if you want me to remind you in particular, send me an email that you're interested.
recently on view in San jose: Stephanie Metz: Figurative Fiber
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presented a solo retrospective of Stephanie Metz’s sculpture. Stephanie Metz: Figurative Fiber ran from February 23 - June 9 2019. The exhibition, installed in the SJICA’s Off-Center Gallery, highlighted 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.
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.
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.