California Fibers: Surface and Structure

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California Fibers: Surface and Structure
Curated by: Aneesa Shami

1031 W. Manchester Blvd
Suite 3
90301 Inglewood
March 17th, 2018 - May 6th, 2018
Opening: March 17th, 2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, 12pm to 5pm; Monday, 11am to 5pm; Tues - Sat, 11am to 7pm


Branch Gallery is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition, California Fibers: Surface and Structure, from Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Sunday, May 6, 2018 with an opening reception on March 17 at 3pm. California Fibers: Surface and Structure features diverse works created by seventeen members of California Fibers: Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Ashley V. Blalock, Gail Fraser, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Lydia Tjioe Hall,  Lynne Hodgman, Julie Kornblum, Chari Myers, Kathy Nida, Carol Nilsen, Michael Rohde, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Rebecca Smith, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Peggy Wiedemann and Lori Zimmerman.

All works in the exhibition address the theme of “Surface and Structure” as interpreted by each artist, from imagery and inspiration to materials and processes. The diversity of interpretation is evidenced in comments made by several of the participating artists:

Kathy Nida explains, “All our work exists in the world of surface and some, the structure is more obvious, more apparent, perhaps even more important, such as in some of the more sculptural work. In others, though there is a definite structure that holds a weaving or a quilt together, it is less about the structure and more about what shows, the surface, even though the structure is what allows it to be different than a drawing, a painting, or a single layer of yarn or fabric. Yet we all have fiber in common.”  

Mary Beth Schwartzenberger states, “I have always been drawn to the tactile element of fiber.  When an artist incorporates fiber in their work, it provides an immediate connection -maybe even on a subconscious level.  Fiber brings familiarity and an unassuming approach-ability."

Charlotte Bird says, “The basic structures of the world are cellular. I am fascinated by the shapes, textures and patterns of microscopic cells and the larger organic forms they compose.”  

Polly Jacobs Giacchina adds, “My work embraces the textures of the natural and man made materials used in the weavings.  The surface is simply or richly developed and patterned by date palm, natural twines and yarns as well as wire and metal.”

Peggy Wiedemann remarks, “Structure is the scaffolding that supports the artist’s imagination as it rises to the surface so it can be enjoyed by others.”

California Fibers: Surface and Structure will run through May 6, 2018. Artists will be present at the opening on March 17 at 3pm. Other events during the exhibition include an Artist Talk on Saturday, April 14 at 2pm (please note this is a NEW date) with several California Fiber members, and a Walk with the Curator on April 28 at 2pm with the curator, Aneesa Shami.

About Branch Gallery

Branch Gallery is a fiber art space in Los Angeles dedicated to exhibiting local artists. The gallery provides opportunities exclusively for the fiber arts, lending a platform for artists to share their work and techniques with the broader L.A. arts community. Branch Gallery hopes to bring more attention to fiber as a fine art, along with its presence as a craft.

The Branch Gallery is a project of The Knitting Tree, L.A., a fiber retail space located next door.                                              

About California Fibers

California Fibers, founded in 1970, supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. The imagination and superb craftsmanship of these artists place them in the highest echelons of their fields. The group has an extensive exhibition history in the USA and abroad. Many of its members are well-represented in museums and private collections and are recipients of prestigious awards from around the world. Their creative expression includes weaving, basketry, sculpture, quilting, embroidery, felting, surface design, knitting, crochet, wearables, and mixed media.  Members of California Fibers  include Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Ashley V. Blalock, Carrie Burckle, Ben Cuevas, Marilyn McKenzie Chaffee, Doshi, Gail Fraser, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Lydia Tjioe Hall, Susan Henry, Lynne Hodgman, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, Julie Kornblum, Chari Myers, Kathy Nida, Carol Nilsen, Ellen Philips, Michael Rohde, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Rebecca Smith, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Peggy Wiedemann and Lori Zimmerman.


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