Authorship has become very slippery, and the ownership of ideas has become less interesting today than the rapid sharing of them.
—  Michelle Grabner, one of the three curators of the 2014 Biennial, in The New York Times profile of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, a global collective whose work will be on view in the exhibition.

opens tomorrow, Fri, Jan 10, 6-8p:

Simplest Means
 Shaker objects from the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New York
 Joshua Marsh, Michelle Grabner, Don Voisine, Nathlie Provosty,
 Seth Koen, Chie Fueki, Pete Schulte, Cary Smith
Jeff Bailey Gallery, 625 W27th St., NYC

an exhibition focusing on shared visual affinities between Shaker design and reductive art. Shaker objects from the Shaker Museum will be exhibited alongside works by Joshua Marsh, Michelle Grabner, Don Voisine, Nathlie Provosty, Seth Koen, Chie Fueki, Pete Schulte and Cary Smith.

The exhibition features a number of 19th century Shaker objects including a peg rail, basket, box, bowl, dipper, iron, chair, stand, farm tool and textiles. Chosen for their simple designs and harmonious forms, each object becomes a sculptural presence and a complement to the contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture on view.


The Art Assignment: Paper Weavings

I did a couple weavings for this assignment: the first out of paper and the second out of fabric in a on old pair of jeans. I ended up randomizing the patterns for both projects by pulling cards to determine how many strips I would go under or over.

Photos show: the paper weaving, a trial run in fabric, the assembled materials to start weaving in the jeans, the weaving complete and pinned down, and the finished project with everything sewn in place.

The paper held its shape much better, but it also showed mistakes more clearly (small tears or lines that aren’t quite straight), while the fabric was a little more forgiving.

(Original assignment video:

With film, it’s hard to locate the artwork: Is it the projected image? The projection beam? The room in which it’s being projected? It’s a constellation of things rather than a singular object. I think that’s a metaphor for how a lot of artists working in a broad range of media function now.
—  Stuart Comer, one of the three curators of the 2014 Biennial. In the second installment of a three-part Q&A in Whitney Stories, Comer, Michelle Grabner, and Anthony Elms discuss their curatorial approaches as each organizes a floor of the exhibition.

Hello The Art Assignment it’s Aubrey submitting for the Paper Weaving project.

When I first watched the video I was intrigued how Michelle Grabner explained one of the motivations for her project was her interest in the order of information and the role it plays. She also mentions how simple repetitive tasks like this are a state between meditative and boring.

I wanted to take these ideas and modify them for myself. The second image shows my paper before I weaved it. I found myself drawing pen markings like these in my sketchbook when I was anxious. It helped alleviate my anxiety a bit for since it was a simple repetitive task as Michelle talked about, and it was almost meditative. I started drawing these markings for this project and as I did  I realized they reminded me of images of our brain neurons. I thought it was fitting since these neurons are black with anxiety. 

Anxiety is an irrational mess and can be overwhelming. However, with paper weaving project I got to destroy the anxiety by cutting the paper into strips and put them in order. Much like how in life one has to consciously work to destroy anxiety and make a better head space for themselves. 

Anyway, this was a long way of saying I really enjoyed this project. I have a few other ideas I might attempt for it as well for fun.


#The Art Assignment : Paper Weavings

Had a lot of fun with the recent Paper Weavings Art Assignment. Brought back memories of doing these with faded construction paper and dull scissors back in grade school. Definitely a tools/material upgrade since then! The paper I used was almost like origami. Very thin with color only on one side. I was curious to see what the effect would be. I chose all cool colored strips for one and gold/metallic strips for the other. It doesn’t show well here, but the metallic strips shine brightly in direct light.

Once I had some normal pictures of the final product, I took advantage of a very sunny window to see what that thin paper would look like when back-lit. Answer: Super interesting! Almost a stained-glass appearance to them. Finally let the sun shine across them at a strong angle to exaggerate the relief of the woven strips, which showed way more dimension than I expected. Really put the tactile experience of the material and action of the weaving on display.

Thanks to Michelle Grabner’s awesome work for inspiring this project.
Cool assignment!