F I B E R L I C I O U S
Los Angeles Municipal Gallery
Barnsdall Art Park
BY ArtCoWo Press © 12 - 3 - 15
FIBERLICIOUS exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery studies and disects the work of sixteen contemporary artists who push the boundaries in the field of traditional fiber art. The floating works of art created a heavenly display of fiber-work. Some pieces were fiber sculptures others were 2D paintings made with Fiber. A recent discussion in the world of fine art is why paint is held in such regard. Why is that other fields do not get the same respect from museums and institutions and the general public for that matter.
While that is a complex question the answer is that people are not informed let alone the institutions that were built upon the work of the great masters, mainly worked with paint and rock sculpture. Other fields have been ignored because of the view that this work is crafty and not fine art. However a recent trend is the pushing away from traditionalism in fine art and materiality is of key importance.
Case in point, most art fairs exist to show this shift of consciousness. Different materials are used for displaying an artists emotions and are now being accepted world wide. From light constructions to fiber art, the gallery system is catching on. As well as museums, and thank heaven for the Los Angeles Municipal gallery. Thank you for putting on a wonderful exhibit, but also thank you for having a Municipal gallery unlike San Diego which has so much red tape and lack of funding for the arts. Mainly because the system set in place by San Diego city officials, the supposed "Arts and Culture Commssion", is really an advocacy program to further the leaders interests and not the arts.
But lets talk about Los Angeles that supports the arts because that is what the city has been doing for decades because art is everywhere. From performance art to Hollywood. Not to say it is a perfect world, and nothing is of course. But putting on a program like this at Barnsdall Art Park raises the bar for Municipal galleries everywhere and frankly it is one of the best shows I have seen all year.
The exhibit will run from OCTOBER 25, 2015 – JANUARY 3, 2016 and OPENING RECEPTION was SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6 – 10 PM. The artists involved with the eye-opening exhibit are as follows; Tanya Aguiñiga, Diedrick Brackens, Enrique Castrejon, Liz Collins, Krista Feld, Dawn Ertl, Carole Frances Lung “Frau Fiber”, Tina Linville, J. Christopher Natrop, Wendy Osher, Chili Philly, Jennifer Reifsneider, Nike Schröder, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Ruth Katzenstein Souza, and Ann Weber. An immaculate curation by Scott Canty and Carol Shaw-Sutton, this is one exhibit to not miss if you are in LA before January 3 2016.
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