Out of Tradition

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Oct 31, 2013 - Jan 14, 2014

Out of Tradition:
Anne Lemanski
Andrea Donnelly
Robin Johnston



The exhibition Out of Tradition is a collection of work from three female artists who work with traditional materials or processes but in a conceptual context. While the works have been produced using long-established methods like sewing, weaving, hand dying, or stitching the finished pieces are far from the products these processes traditionally produced. The physical process of weaving affects the content of both Andrea Donnelly and Robin Johnston. Tracking increments of time in comparison to interruptions in the weaving process Robin records her heart rate and sleep patterns as well as the light quality and temperature of her studio. Andrea Donnelly speaks of her process much like sculpting, saying that she is building imagery in a mental landscape and producing it by physical process. Anne Lemanski constructs actual sculptures by stitching together paper, wood veneer and copper rod. Her work comments on the human presence and its effects on our environment.

Anne Lemanski
Through the use of materials such as vintage paper, vinyl, textiles, wood veneer, metal and artificial sinew, Lemanski creates a menagerie of sculptural portraits.
The politically charged content and form of the sculpture happens through the combination of a copper rod armature and hand-stitched "skin."

Andrea Donnelly
I investigate the psychological space of my interior world through the labor and language of weaving by hand. A curious onlooker to my own internal narrative, I gather the ephemeral visions that occupy my periphery into the physical presence of image woven in cloth.
Through passage of time and rhythm of repetition, the actions of weaving are captured and layered like memory in the buildup of thread upon thread. As I weave, I submerge image within its structure. The density and transparency of that structure give form to both image and atmosphere. The cloth I create is a mental landscape, quietly inhabited.

Robin Johnston
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Robin Johnston lives and works in Penland, North Carolina.  She holds an MFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts and a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Robin’s work deals with measuring time, capturing moments as they pass, and the sense of loss that accompanies their passing. Information such as light, temperature and heart rate is collected and tracked during the making, creating real-time maps of her physical experience weaving.  The levels of translation involved in the charting and integration of various data into the woven structure add to the slowness of the process, illustrating a personal reaction to fast-paced society.  Since moving to the mountains of North Carolina, Robin has been researching colonial weave drafts commonly used in the early days of Lucy Morgan’s Penland Weavers.  She is combining these traditional woven patterns with data, such as sleep patterns and moon cycles, gathered from her daily life.  She is currently a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts.

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