On Wednesday, August 6th, the Center will host an Artist Talk featuring Béatrice Coron, Iviva Olenick, and Ximena Pérez Grobet, who are all exhibiting their works in Livres d'Artiste d'Aujourd'hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Leading up to the Talk, we will write a Spotlight featuring each artist.
|Brooklyn Love Map, hand embroidered map, 2011.|
Iviva working a loom at Weaving Hand.
Image courtesy of artist.
Winter 2014 marked Iviva’s curatorial debut. In collaboration with Jenny Douglas of the Brooklyn Cottage, Iviva selected works of nine artists for "Crafting Home," transforming a Prospect Heights brownstone into a walk-through art installation. Iviva and Jenny are now collaborating on a forthcoming October exhibit to be held at the Brooklyn Cottage.
About her choice of media, Iviva says:
"I didn’t start incorporating embroidery and stitching into artwork until 2002. This was a transitional time in the art world, and in New York City in particular. The Whitney Museum mounted an exhibit of “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” large, abstract quilts made by women in Gee’s Bend, a small rural community nestled into a curve in the Alabama River southwest of Selma, Alabama. All of a sudden, quilts had the same weight and presence as abstract paintings, and craft was in again.
Ten years later, “fiber arts” are still hot, and I’m excited to be part of a growing community of artists employing traditional hand crafts in new ways."
|"Brooklyn: breaker of my heart." Part of the Brooklyn Love Exchange (first piece for the project). |
2011. Embroidery on fabric. 3.7 x 3". In a private collection.
Come learn more about Iviva and her works on Wednesday, August 6th, from 6:30pm.