The Week in Craft: February 5, 2014

The Week in Craft: February 5, 2014

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
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Eugene Pijanowski, Untitled Brooch, gold and silver mizuhiki and fish skin, 1987. Image courtesy of Velvet da Vinci Gallery.

College of Fellows member Ted Hallman’s intricate textiles will be displayed alongside his late father’s paintings as part of a new exhibition at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. The exhibition, “The Hallman Legacy: Fine Art and Fiber Art,” will be on display through March 28. If you need to get out of the city for a day, stop by charming Harleysville and engross yourself in the amazing work of the Hallmans.

Gene Pijanowski, another College of Fellows member, has a retrospective exhibition opening today at Velvet Da Vinci in San Francisco. The show runs through March 9.

Opening February 9, and running through July 6, 2014, at the Racine Art Museum, “White Gold: The Appeal of Lustre” features the work of contemporary artists who employ shiny materials, such as lustre glazes and gold, in combination with more earthy media, like clay. Artists whose works are featured include Ralph Bacerra, Bennett Bean, Megan Corwin, Leopold Foulem, Keiko Fukazawa, John Glick, Tara Locklear, Philip Maberry, Ruta Reifen, Adrian Saxe, and Jason Walker.

After Hurricane Sandy, artist Mary Mattingly used recycled materials to create a waterfront community, which she occupied during the summer and fall of 2013. Art21 was there to document the outdoor sculpture, called Triple Island, and the video is now available online.

Need some wisdom and friendly pieces of advice about starting your crafty enterprise? Ceramic artist Bari Ziperstein offers some great business tips and inspiration on Design*Sponge.

Combining traditional Mexican-American craft with geometric abstraction, Adrian Esparza’s textile work delights the eyes and boggles the mind. He has a show opening this week at the Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, which ends on May 11.

Mixed-media artist Anila Quayyum Agha recently created Intersections, a 6.5-foot cube constructed of laser-cut wood and inspired by geometric designs from Islamic art. At the center of the cube is a light source, which throws dazzling shadows on the walls where the installation is housed.

Jeff Martin began his love of woodworking by building wooden surfboards, but eventually turned to furniture and now makes beautiful tables, chairs, credenzas, and other home goods. Through his company, Jeff Martin Joinery, the woodworker focuses on creating beautiful contemporary furnishings using responsibly harvested, domestic wood.

The celebration for Chinese New Year keeps going until February 7 in Edinburgh, where artist Xia Nan has installed some brilliant outdoor sculptures that provides a modern take on China’s history. The work, called the Lanterns of Terracotta Army, consists of 90 illuminated sculptures of various colors that are modeled after the famous Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Visitors to the installation are allowed to walk through the beaming battalion during the evening, so if you happen to find yourself in Scotland, motor on over to Edinburgh to see it before it’s lights out this Friday.

Those of you outside of Minnesota know that it has been cold, real cold, up in the Twin Cities this winter. If you have ever looked at the weather reports from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and wondered “How on earth could anybody stand to live there?” our answer at the American Craft Council is that extraordinarily good humor and the fact that all the time spent indoors allows us to focus on creative endeavors as ways of coping with the cold. One such coping project, the Art Shanties, is a month-long installation on a frozen lake in the Twin Cities metro area featuring artist-built shacks that house happenings, puppet shows, dance parties, giant puzzles, and other interactive experiences. The Art Shanties will be happening every weekend throughout February, so stop on by for some creative fun. We swear the cold builds character!

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