News and Events
To accommodate the increased size of my work with my new InTouch project I just moved studios: I'm now in a much larger space at The Alameda ArtWorks in San Jose. Come visit me for our Holiday Art & Design Fair on November 25th from 1-5pm at 1068 The Alameda, directly behind Recycle Books. There is a parking lot behind the building, also accessible via Garland Avenue. My studio is in the Annex building-- you will not be able to miss the sign by my door. More info can be found on the Facebook Event page. I hope to see you there!
Works San Jose Auction
Works/San Jose is a nonprofit art and performance space that is entirely volunteer-run, and has been for 40 years. I was a member of the board twelve years ago, and I credit that experience with teaching me about the business of being a professional artist. I learned to hang a show, write a successful grant, conduct a workshop, speak in front of large groups, manage personnel, write PR... the list goes on. And so I contribute to their fundraising auction to help pay it all forward. You can bid on my wool and porcupine quill piece in its glass cube, 'Calamus medietas', 8" x 8" x 8", 2017, at the Gala on Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm. Preview the work on Friday, November 3rd from 6-10pm and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the Gala.
I’ll be teaching for the first time at the California Sculptors Symposium in Cambria the week of April 22 – 29. The weeklong series of lectures and demonstrations takes place at Camp Ocean Pines on the coast; students receive instruction each day and a lot of work time, culminating in an exhibition and party. Learn more about the Symposium; please note that info on my course will not be posted until next month.
Works currently viewable at Jack Fischer Gallery, SF
Two pieces can currently be seen in Jack's back room in his 311 Potrero Avenue Location: Flesh and Bone Panel Study #2 (Fold Valley) and Flesh & Boe Study #8 (Twisting Fin). Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5:30 and by appointment.
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.
now on view in the U.K.
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 on its final stop at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven from May 8 - July 2, 2017.
Black Sheep explores the edgier side of the extraordinary and versatile material of handmade felt; showcasing seven artists from across Europe and North America who create technically-brilliant, surreal and sometimes unsettling artworks.
Felt is thought to be the most ancient constructed textile in the world and in its long and fascinating history it has been used for everything from military armour to housing, to cosy winter garments to conceptual art.
Black Sheep curator Laura Mabbutt, says:
“I hope this exhibition will give this unique and versatile medium the accolades it deserves as well as those working within the medium, and will highlight the many contemporary applications of this ancient material beyond its stereotypical ‘fuzzy felt’ reputation. Whilst in essence the act of turning raw fleece into a sheet of felt is a process simple enough for a child to learn, this exhibition presents exciting and sometimes surprising processes used by contemporary masters of the craft in producing innovative and inspiring and skilfully brilliant work. The exhibition includes a strong body of three-dimensional work, moving away from the idea of textiles as a sheet material and highlighting the seamless construction that is achievable with felt.”
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.