Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Art in Review and What’s Coming Up in 2015

2014 was a good year for art and art related activities.

I tried new techniques as I continued to use monoprints of construction fences as the basis of my work, and I also started working with a lot of color, as you will see.

The  work below is not in shown in any particular order of creation. The series are grouped together, on stiffened fabric first, and then series of work on boards. I invite you to click on the links so you can see the work larger.


mixed media on stiffened fabric
all approximately 36" x 49" in size
2014

The Technicolor Fence Patterns Series is created using multiple colors to monoprint the textures of construction fences, combined with handpainting, stitching, on stiffened fabric.



mixed media on stiffened fabric
sizes range from 96" x 93" to 25" x 49"
2014

Fence Pattered Chuppahs is a series of Jewish wedding canopies, or chuppot, that are created with monoprinted, handstamped, handpainted, and stiffened fabric. The simple printmaking techniques bring pattern and color to the traditional chuppah.

They were created while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA in 2014. Working on site at the Kniznick Gallery, I created a series of Jewish wedding canopies, or chuppot to be displayed on campus and in the gallery during the exhibition. 

My solo show Under Color was on exhibit at the Kniznick Gallery, in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, from April 14 - May 22, 2014.


mixed media on cradled board
8" x 8" x 1.5"
2014

This series is created with remnants of thread, string, gimp, paper, and netting that are remnants from the art work of art friends who are members of an Art Coaching Group Jeanne has been meeting with for many years. The remnants were collaged together permanently with matt medium, and then applied to stitched and painted monoprinted textures of orange construction fences that were mounted on cradled board. Each of the 10 members of the group created enough 8" x 8" pieces of their work to trade with the other group members.


mixed media on cradled board
8" x 8" x 1.5"
2014

This series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of orange construction fences out in their various elements. They are collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on fabric that is stitched, painted, and mounted on cradled board.



mixed media on cradled board
10" x 22" x 1"
2014

This series is created with acrylic "skins" of photos of orange fencing covered in snow, collaged with stitched and monoprinted textures of construction fences on fabric.




Each month, I created one mixed media piece on 12" x 12" x 1" board. The eight years I've been doing this has been a wonderful opportunity for me to either experiment with an idea or technique I tried in previous work, or to try an idea or technique I might want to try. It's my monthly time to play, and I am planning on doing it again in 2015 for my ninth year.


mixed media on cradled board
8" x 6" x 1"
2014

This series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of my grandfather's tallis that is collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on fabric that is stitched, painted, and mounted on cradled board.

In addition to the chuppahs (shown at the top of this post) I also created this series while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA in 2014, and they are also on exhibit at my solo show Under Color at the Kniznick Gallery, in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Exhibits in 2014:


Solo Show
Under Color, Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC), Brandeis University, Waltham, MA USA, April 14 through May 2014

Invitational Shows
Multiplicity, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA
Larger than the Sum of its Parts, Yamawki Art and Cultural Center, Lasell College, Newton, MA
Celebrating Color, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Materiality, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
What a Stitch, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Flirt, Mother Brook Arts & Community Center, Dedham, MA


Public Art

Outdoor art installation, Jackson Homestead, Newton, MA

Juried Group Show

Community of Artists, Danforth Art, Framingham, MA

Collections

Haddassah-Brandeis Institute, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Licensed Image
A print of Seasonal Fence - Spring #3 continues to be for sale at Crate & Barrel, and will be through the fall of 2015. I thank them for that, and I also thank the art licensing company I work with.

Work sold:

Fence Detail #21, one of my favorite pieces, was welcomed into a new home on Christmas Day. 

Tiled Fence Photos #1 - 8 sold, some of them before they even went on exhibit, at Fountain Street Fine Art's 8 x 8 show in April 2014. 

Orange Construction Fence Series #58, an art quilt I made in 2008, was purchased by a private collector.

To coordinate with my print that was purchased at Crate & Barrel, a collector purchased one of my prints on the Saatchi Art website.

Seasonal Fences - Summer #2 and Seasonal Fences - Autumn #2 found a new home in a high end residential tower in the Boston area. Both of these pieces were at a Boston art consultant, and they arranged the sale. I am very thankful for their role in that transaction.

Thank you to everyone who now has my work in their collection!

TV

My print at Crate & Barrel was on Property Brothers on HGTV last winter. It was a lot of fun seeing it on TV, and also hearing from friends and family when they saw it too.

Magazines / Press
World of Threads, Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews,  Jeanne Williamson of Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Interview 111

GRAVITATING TOWARDS GRIDS, artist interview, 614 HBI eZine

Yew Journal
, an online journal of innovative poetry, hybrid writing and images by women, February 2014

Representation:

I am still being represented by the Gravers Lane Gallery, which I am very pleased about.   

deCordova

The deCordova Museum of Art Corporate Art Loan Program in Lincoln, MA placed my work at Innosight LLC, in Lexington, Massachusetts, through October 2015.

Web Design
It was a good year for my web design business, Thread Media, Inc. I have new clients, and I continue to update the websites of those who I have been working with for many years.


Coming in 2015:


Two Person Show
two-person show with Denise Driscoll, Fountain Street Fine Art, October 8 - November 8, 2015

Invitational Show

At The Edge Of The Quilt: New Work from Through Our Hands, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, West Midlands, UK

TV

My print at Crate & Barrel is scheduled to be on The Good Wife sometime in the near future. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the show.


I hope you have a happy, healthy and creative 2015!

- Jeanne