To Preserve and Protect (March 16 - April 27, 2013)
In an age of technological revolution, many trades, crafts, and once hand-worked skills are increasingly diminishing with advancing computer technology, as we have seen in the past with the industrial revolution and the advent of mechanical production.
To Preserve and Protect is a group exhibition featuring five artists who incorporate different time-honored trades and materials into their work, with the shared goal to revive these processes through contemporary art. This exhibition will feature ceramics, sign-painting and hand-lettering, wood-whittling, needlepoint and embroidery. While these techniques can be replaced by more convenient mechanic methods these artists prefer to sustain the craftsmanship and the mastery of skilled-hand production.
Although these techniques are historically revered as trades and reserved for commercial purposes or crafts, the exhibiting artists are creating new potential incorporating these materials into painting, sculpture, and book arts, challenging their traditional execution.
The artists offer their experience and knowledge of their respective crafts through workshops, and a coinciding “how-to” publication with sections by each artist contributing a personal perspective on teaching their trade to help preserving them for future generations.
To Preserve and Protect is the fifteenth in a series of group exhibitions dedicated to providing self-publishing artists, who generally share their work through printed matter and other ephemeral media, with a platform for exhibition, experimentation and exploration outside of the printed format.
To Preserve + Protect is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Govenor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.