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Seeking volunteer felters
Join me at a Felting Party and dust off your needle felting skills or learn some brand new ones; spend a social day covering large fiber sculptures with white wool and help create touchable sculpture for my InTouch exhibition at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara.
What: Volunteers coming to my studio to help needle felt wool onto large sculptures
When: 10am - 4pm; please see the available dates here and choose any you'd like.
Where: The Alameda Artworks, 1068 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126. I'm in the Annex building with the lime green door. See a printable map of the studio complex here.
More details are on the signup page. Hope you can join me!
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.
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.