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  • Threads of Empowerment

    Threads of Empowerment

    I was invited to participate in an exhibition entitled Threads of Empowerment curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Lyn Govette at Tipton Gallery. Other participating artists include Alison Gates and the Exquisite Uterus Project, girls inc., Lyn Govette, Jessica Jones, Jeana Eve Klein, Joetta Maue, Shara Rowley Plough, and Lydia Wilson. 

    The Threads of Empowerment exhibition features works of artists whose advocacy are conveyed through fiber art. Speaking through the media of cloth, needle and threads, the artists express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance of what is different. Threads of Empowermentintends to visually convey universal concerns for a better, more tolerant and accepting community.  Each artist uses the medium of fiber to explore racism, heterosexism, gender inequality, ageism and ableism. The issues that are addressed in the exhibition are varied and diverse, with no illusion to encompass nor present a final resolution, but rather weave the various conversations into a communal tapestry.

    The reception and gallery talk during First Friday on October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 



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  • A few updates

    A few updates

    i. I'm in the process of opening a bookstore in The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room called The Word in the Willow. I've written a bit about it on my blog and the JC Press has written about it here

    ii. Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Lyn Govette are curating an upcoming group exhibition entitled Threads of Empowerment at Tipton Gallery from September 22 to October 22, 2015.  

    The Threads of Empowerment exhibition features works of artists whose advocacy are conveyed through fiber art. Speaking through the media of cloth, needle and threads, the artists express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance of what is different. Threads of Empowerment intends to visually convey universal concerns for a better, more tolerant and accepting community.  Each artist uses the medium of fiber to explore racism, heterosexism, gender inequality, ageism and ableism. The issues that are addressed in the exhibition are varied and diverse, with no illusion to encompass nor present a final resolution, but rather weave the various conversations into a communal tapestry.

    The reception and gallery talk during First Friday on October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    iii. PROJEXx Studio & Gallery is hosting a group exhibition sometime next week. All I know is that I'm supposed to bring work over on Saturday, Oct 26th. I'll update this when I know more. My suggestion is to pay attention to FB for more information since Nikki will probably make an event page. It's going to be their last event for a while so you should definitely try to make it out there. EDIT: I may not be in this show anymore because I have a prior committment. Still. You should go. 

    iv. I'm doing another talk at ETSU, this time for the Women on Wednesdays series hosted by the Women's Studies program. The theme, broadly speaking, is how I have tried to understand the obtainment of power in my art and how that conflicts with actual empowerment. (But don't hold me to that.) The talk will take place on September 30th at noon, location TBA. 

    v. From September 25th through October 2nd, 2015Slocumb Galleries will be hosting their annual Homecoming Art & Craft Fundraiser. "The fundraiser is a great way for student art clubs and local artists to feature and sell their work on campus. Members of the community, as well as other students, will have the opportunity to view and purchase the artwork." Cat Party will have a table set up with The Secret Bangs zine, Cat Friendly CP Coloring Book Vol. 1, some artwork, and other little things. Proceeds from the sale benefit the gallery as well as future Cat Party projects. 

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  • The Secret Bangs... installed!

    The Secret Bangs... installed!

    The Secret Bangs is installed and receiving visitors. There have been some technical bumps along the way -- like a light going out in the gallery that couldn't be quickly replaced and the fact that apparently all of the photos I took of the space are not good quality (as evident above) -- but it has been a really good experience overall and I have learned a lot from organizing and participating in a group exhibition. Two different hats, that's for sure. One might not even be a hat. 

    Special thanks to Justin Mitchell and Robert Santos-Prowse for their help installing the exhibition, which included both hanging and acquiring much needed food and beer for all thirteen of us. Thank you. 

  • Upcoming group exhibition

    Upcoming group exhibition

    THE SECRET BANGS 
    January 20 - February 9, 2014
    The Allison Gallery at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee
    Closing reception February 9, 5 - 7 pm

    This group exhibition features new work by Jessica Augier, Ericka Basile, Kelli Bern, Aleta Chandler, Jennifer Culp, Mira Gerard, Liz Layton, Taylor Norris, Marie Porterfield Barry, Amanda J Richardson, and Jaime Santos-Prowse. 

    About two years ago when I first started inviting artist friends to my apartment once a week to make things and socialize, I didn't consciously plan to form an all female art group. I thought it would be good for us each in our own ways, sure, but I didn't have a master plan. Maybe The Babysitter's Club, Now & Then, and Foxfire seeped into my subconscious more deeply than I originally thought.

    What we call ourselves -- Cat Party -- came about by accident a few months after we started consistently meeting up in my living room. I remember sitting on the floor with Jennifer, Liz, and Kelli, joking about how we should give up on trying to make art and just throw cat parties. I liked the way the words "cat" and "party" sounded together. I liked how it related, rather amusingly, to Pussy Riot, the demeanor of felines, and the absurd internet popularity of cats. I liked it for a lot of reasons. Everyone did. 

    I waited a couple months before vocalizing to the group that I thought we should try to put together a show. I was nervous that no one would be interested. When I spoke up about it, I tried to be casual. That stopped as soon as I saw how very interested everyone was in a group exhibition. We decided on a theme to visually and conceptually unite our very distinct styles and interests. I took control of some logistical aspects mostly because I had the time and I knew someone needed to do that work. But every single person has totally been committed to seeing this exhibition happen. We've discussed and argued and "voted" and returned to previously discussed issues to hash out better solutions. When I have asked anyone in the group to do anything, whether it was to give their opinion or take over a task, each person has enthusiastically and honestly fulfilled that request. 

    The end result is THE SECRET BANGS. I'm really excited about what we're all doing together. Our work in the show is separate and individualized, but the show itself feels like collaboration. It means so much more to me than anything I could do alone. 

    What I was consciously hoping to do about two years ago was provide artist friends that I admire with physical and psychic space to be supported, and based on things they have said, I think I managed to do that. It's an honor to do. Really. However, what I did not anticipate was feeling vulnerable and supported at the same time, and how that approaches a kind of trust I haven't experienced before. And it turns out I really need that. 

    Thank you, Cat Party. 

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    J.S-P

  • EQUAL update & the Kingsport Carousel Project

    EQUAL update & the Kingsport Carousel Project

    EQUAL: Modern Family in Contemporary Art at Tipton Gallery (126 Spring St. downtown JC/TN), March 17-April 11. Reception April 4, 6-8pm. ArtIfact lecture: March 27, 6 pm. 'Unbreakable Thread' film by Stacey Summers on April 10, 5 pm at the Culp Center Auditorium (ETSU).

    This show will have two of my embroidery pieces in it, one is new and one is not, neither have been exhibited before.

    There's also the 2014 Brass Ring Gala taking place on March 21st at 6 pm at the Kingsport Farmer's Market (Center St. & Clinchfield St), opening for the Carousel Fine Craft Show (a weekend festival, 10-5 pm). The gala is a fundraiser for the Kingsport Carousel Project, which I have played a very small role in among many, many other volunteers. I wasn't able to attend last year, but it sounds really fantastic.

  • Upcoming exhibition & conference

    Upcoming exhibition & conference

    I'm still in the process of adding images to my website, but that has taken a backseat to other things going on, like writing and preparing for upcoming events and projects. Some are still in the early stages of development and will remain hush hush for now, others are more defined and ready to be shared: 

    x - New work in Equal: Modern Family in Contemporary Art:

    "The exhibition is from March 17 to April 11, 2014, at the Tipton Gallery with artists’ talk during the reception on April 4, First Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Other related events to the exhibition is the film showing of “Unbreakable Thread” by Stacey Summers on April 10, Thursday at Culp Center Auditorium during the ETSU Civility Week and the ArtIfact lecture series on March 27, Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Tipton Gallery.

    Some of the invited artists include: Scott Anderson, Laura Chenicek, Cheryl Elich- Krumpelt, Liz Layton, Desiree Markland, Robert Reed, Jaime Santos-Prowse, Joe Singleton, Paul Tosh, and David Willison.

    Co-curated by Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay and Michael Hale."

    xx - Performance of Mentoring Nearness with Mira Gerard (who is also performing her own work separately) at the International Zizek Studies Conference at the University of Cincinnati. April 4-6, 2014.