The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University hosted another webinar in their “The Art in Life” series Oct. 7.
The textiles panel was part of the Kluge Ruhe’s “The Art in Life” series, which has previously focused on other topics such as food, tattoos, comic books and children’s books illustrations. The next installment of this series will be available on the Kluge Ruhe’s event calendar.
The “The Art in Life” series aims to explore aspects of everyday life that are not normally considered to be fine art. This most recent installment showcased the artistic nature of textiles and featured three evocative panelists.
The first speaker of the night was Diane Kappa, a pattern designer who previously designed for Nordstrom and is now the founder of Diane Kappa Designs. Working with mediums like block printing and digital illustration, Kappa’s unique designs appear on everything from clothing to wallpaper in retail.
Mili Suleman was the second speaker of the night. Born in India and raised in the Middle East, she started off as a graphic designer, later pivoting to exploring the world of textiles in the home space. Her “KUFRI” line was inspired by a visit to an Indian hill station which shaped her passion for handloom weaving. Suleman spoke about what textiles in her art mean to her, calling textiles a “connector.”
“It has helped me connect to other people around the world, such as right now,” Suleman said. “I’m able to do all the different things that I love in it… It is not as much about the product, it is more about the connection that it creates for me.“
The last panelist was Kieren Karritpul, a Ngen’giwumirri artist specializing in printmaking, painting, fabric and ceramics. Karritpul’s work is inspired by his culture and family, and has been featured in the National Art Gallery of Australia and The Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The highlight of the event was the panelists’ evocative, insightful discussion about textiles in their work.
Kappa spoke about how digital printing has made painting and drawings less restricted, and how they have led to a general appreciation for artisan craft — knowing who the artist was, where the product came from and how it was made are important to consumers now.
Another compelling part of the webinar was the discussion on how family and cultural connections have influenced the panelists’ work.
Karritpul spoke about how his great grandmother, grandmother and mother as well as his community have had a great impact on his artwork and use of textiles. Coming from an artistic family of weavers, he decided to be an artist at just five years old, wanting to make art about his culture and language. He spoke about how his family and community have inspired him to make art that looks both back and ahead — art that draws from his culture and past, yet also aims to inspire a future generation.
Similar to Karritpul, Suleman’s work is also heavily influenced by her family. The concept of East and West is prevalent in her textiles, as her parents each come from Eastern and Western India. This duality has influenced her outlook on art as well as the patterns she creates. She also draws from tribal patterns and designs because of how one of her parents grew up in a rural village. Suleman describes her work as “very rustic and imperfectly perfect [and something that] could belong in the family together” — a diverse set of pieces that still belong together.
Another interesting point of the discussion was how each of the artists thought about the sense of touch when using textiles.
“Everytime I pick [painting silk] back up again, it’s a very tactile experience for me,” Kappa said about painting silk, an activity she did in college. She expressed, however, that the physical, tactile aspect of textiles is not something she thinks about anymore.
Suleman and Karritpul offered a different perspective on this topic. Karritpul made a connection between the texture of pandanas — a scratchy palm found in Northern Australia — and how it looks, relating it to the importance of looking at how a textile moves on the body rather than how it feels physically.
Suleman expressed a similar opinion, saying that in her “KUFRI” line, texture is everything: “[I want to create that] imperfectly perfect feel where you can see the slubs [of the yarn] and touch the slubs and really see the reflection of the hand of the weaver.”
Celebs, fashion, 24k chicken wings at Miami Art Basel – BradfordToday
MIAMI (AP) — After a pandemic hiatus, the official Art Basel show is back in Miami with all its eccentric glory, a dizzying list of celebrity attendees and dozens of spin-off shows that are already generating a buzz, including a phenom child painter and a $4 million Banksy sale.
Ten-year-old contemporary artist Andres Valencia’s gallery has already nearly sold out at Art Miami. The San Diego-based artist simply saw a cubist painting in his living room two years ago and declared, ‘I can do that’.
Actress Sophia Vergara bought one of his pieces this week and Channing Tatum, Jordan Belfort, and artist Shepard Fairey stopped by his booth at the Art Miami fair to check out his work, according to a spokesperson for Chase Contemporary.
Proceeds from Valencia’s works are going to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation, which supports the arts, and environmental and wildlife education and preservation.
Maddox Gallery is also showing at Art Miami, selling Banksy’s Charlie Brown for $4 million dollars on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the gallery said this is the first year they’ve had a profound collection of Banksy canvases including many original works.
Basel’s annual prestigious December art fair draws collectors, socialites and celebrities from around the world. But fashion has also played a prominent role in recent years with Christian Dior hosting its first ever U.S. show in 2019 as a sort of unofficial kick-off to Miami’s art week.
Louis Vuitton did the same on Tuesday night, with its first ever U.S. fashion show. But the sudden death of its 41-year-old legendary designer Virgil Abloh turned the show into a somber yet whimsical celebration of life attended by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and her daughter North, Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, model Bella Hadid, Joe Jonas, Maluma and Pharrell. Kid Cudi and Erykah Badu performed at an after-party. Ivanka Trump and hubby Jared Kushner were also in the crowd.
And Chanel collaborated with artist Es Devlin for a monumental sculptural installation to celebrate its iconic fragrance. The fashion house is taking over Jungle Plaza to create a multi-sensory experience using hundreds of plants and trees. The installation is open to the public, but several big name celebs are expected to attend Friday’s VIP dinner with a top-secret performance.
Gucci is hosting a party Thursday night to celebrate Mickalene Thomas’ Monograph.
Alicia Keys, Lizzo and Cardi B are also among those performing around town this week. The rapper is launching a new line of Vodka infused whipped cream on Saturday. After-party performances at various clubs this weekend include Migos, Meek Mill, Diplo and Marshmello.
While Miami’s art week is a draw for serious collectors, it is also full of the absurd, including diamond and gold chicken wings. Yep, Miami’s DJ Khaled dropped “bling wings” topped with 24-karat gold dust and edible diamonds to promote his restaurant Another Wing.
There’s also an 18 carat gold bagel avocado toast on sale for $2.9 million at Galerie Rother at Art Miami.
Celebrity sightings included Martha Stewart in a gold coat and walking cane at Komodo restaurant and the Denver Nuggets and Venus Williams popped bottles all night at Pharrell and David Grutman’s restaurant Swan.
Hailey Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Brooklyn Beckham, Nicola Peltz were spotted loading up on cocktails and caviar at Papi Steak and singer Camila Cabello was spotted in the trendy art district of Wynwood on Monday for an unveiling at Wynwood Walls to celebrate 14 new artists with murals and sculptures.
Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press
Light Up the Hospital! Online Art Auction – The Nelson Daily
Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is excited to announce our Online Art Auction & 50/50 Raffle.
As part of the Foundation Light Up The Hospital! campaign, Ivan and Mary Smith have graciously donated 13 prints by Carl Brenders, Stephen Lyman and Daniel Smith.
“Prior to his passing last year, my husband Ivan made arrangements to donate these prints from his collection to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation,” Mary Smith explained when asked about this generous donation.
“It was his wish that funds raised from his donation would help support the medical services that helped him so much.”
“I have no words to express my appreciation for every staff member in every department in our wonderful hospital, with special thanks to Dr. Malpass,” Smith added.
“I hope that this small gesture will help to support our hospital and our community.”
The Online Art Auction and Raffle runs from December 1-15. Visit www.klhf.org now to link to the event.
All proceeds from this event will be directed to the Light Up the Hospital! campaign to purchase priority diagnostic equipment for the Lab at Kootenay Lake Hospital.
For more information, please call the Foundation office at 250-354-2334.
Northern Ireland art group wins Turner Prize – Museums Association
A group of 11 artists who create collaborative actions in response to social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland has won this year’s Turner Prize.
The Array Collective, which received £25,000, was presented with the award at a ceremony in Coventry, home to the UK City of Culture 2021. This year’s Turner Prize exhibition is being held at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (until 12 January).
A further £10,000 was awarded to each of the other nominees, which consisted entirely of artist collectives and artist-run projects. The others on the shortlist were Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical and Project Art Works.
The jury awarded the prize to Array Collective for their “hopeful and dynamic artwork, which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humour, seriousness and beauty”. They were impressed with how the group was able to translate its activism and values into the gallery environment.
The jury commended all five nominees for their socially engaged artworks, and how they work closely and creatively with communities across the UK.
The members of the Turner Prize 2021 jury were Aaron Cezar, director, Delfina Foundation; Kim McAleese, programme director, Grand Union; Russell Tovey, actor; and Zoé Whitley, director, Chisenhale Gallery. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain.
The Turner Prize, which is run by Tate, was established to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.
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