2018-03-08 / News

Textile exhibit opens tomorrow

An exhibit that opens tomorrow night will showcase artists working with fiber and surface design in unique ways that connect them intimately with the audience.

The opening reception for “Con/textile/ized” is from 6-8 p.m. March 9 at the Jamestown Arts Center, 17 Valley St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays until April 28.

Curated by Providence stylist Brooke Erin Goldstein, the works have dissected the role that clothing plays in society, history and fantasy. Fabrics and fibers are also transformed into sculptural objects as artists manipulate the textiles in new and exciting ways.

According to organizers, fi- ber is the medium of our lives and memories. Fabrics, patterns and textures “literally paint our experiences and are in the background of every moment.” This makes contemporary art with these materials powerful in a way that allows the artist to push viewers conceptually because the medium is so inherently familiar. The show threads together artists using textile techniques to explore a vast range of conceptual ideas, from personal and political to formal and bizarre.

“Con/textile/ized” connects these artists together to illustrate how far textile work has come from a functional medium to an artistic outlet. While installed at the arts center, the show will feature programming that is related to the exhibition, including the book launch of Mary-Kim Arnold’s “Litany for the Long Moment” at 6 p.m. April 18. Arnold is an exhibiting artist in the show.

Goldstein is an artist, curator and stylist living in Providence. She was born in New York City and began taking sewing classes when she was 3 years old. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textiles and has road-tripped through the continental United States, except for Nebraska, to view the changing landscape. She sits on the exhibition committee at the Jamestown Arts Center and the Rhode Island Jewish Museum.

Exhibiting artists include Arnold, Howie Sneider, Kiki Sciullo, Susan M. Matthews, Saberah Malik, Kara Dunne, Kate Barber, Mo Kelman, Xander Marro, Valerie Ann Phoenix, Nina Ruelle, H. Gene Thompson, Mara Trachtenberg and Anna Shapiro.

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