“Fabrika” Exhibition

Court Square

poster for “Fabrika” Exhibition

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“Alone and together we embroidered, wove, painted, and pasted static, geometric pictures.” - Hans Arp/Sophie Taeuber

After meeting in 1915, Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber engaged in what became a life-long collaboration in art and textile-making. Drawn together by a mutual interest in material and aesthetic “structures of lines, surfaces, forms, and colors” and processes that gave agency to rethinking established paradigms of creative production, their work resisted distinctions of fine and applied art, order and chance, abstraction and figuration, authorship and value, and the artistic identities of man and woman. Along this line, or thread, of thought, Fabrika invites the participation of artists and textile designers working in various modes of partnership, and considers how formal, material, and ideological terms typically associated with these discrete practices transform through collaborative processes.

Alluding to the word fabric, the title translates in several languages to factory, locating our inquiry from ‘studio’ to ‘industrial’ collaborative production between artist, designer, weaver, or machine. Its early Latin roots, fabricare, means to “make, fashion, construct, or build,” but also “to fit together,” as in the weaving of two or more creative practices. And why collaborate? In Fabrika, partnerships are inspired as much by common interests as by chance, curiosity, convenience, or even survival and the search for an “ideal” community. Here, the media of embroidery, weaving, painting, and collage possess metaphoric significance for conceptual and physical processes of working together and branching out. What results from these indeterminate and playful processes are the objects that remain as traces or diagrams of exchange.

Participants include Travis Boyer, Paul Branca and Jeannine Han, Jam Archives presented by April Chambers and Marley Freeman, Julia Sherman, and Saira McLaren. An open-ended experiment, Fabrika looks to dialogues of making and displaying, where discrete realms of production take the other on, unraveling or weaving more tightly the ties between them.



from May 05, 2013 to June 02, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-05-05 from 16:00 to 20:00

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