Craft as Object Open until August 17th
May 29, 2012
HandMade in America is hosting the exhibition Craft as Object now through August 17, 2012.
This exhibition celebrates exceptionally made objects using traditional craft materials of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and recycled materials. Over 100 entries from all over Western North Carolina were juried, resulting in the 25 objects selected for the exhibition.
Whether traditional or progressive, these objects share a common characteristic. They are exceptional. Here is freedom on display. Contemporary makers seem equally at liberty and at ease shaping their media into well-known styles or inventing unprecedented combinations of form, purpose, and expression. Tiffany(esque) beakers. A timeless nightstand. A quilted inflatable ball. An impeccable teapot. Steel feathers. These objects illustrate the true independence of contemporary craft as it is practiced in our rich region and around the world. We have much to celebrate.
Object as Craft was juried by guest juror, Marthe LeVan, former art editor at Lark Books, and the staff at HandMade in America. Marthe LeVan is intensely passionate about discovering, developing, and promoting good design. She is a partner in Mora designer jewelry, located on Walnut St. in Asheville, and offers freelance services for jewelers, publishers, and arts organizations. As editor for Lark Books, Marthe produced more than 60 titles. She founded Lark Jewelry and built it into a widely respected brand. Marthe is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Arts Administration and Art History. She was creative director at Blue Spiral 1 and curator for Harvey Littleton Studios. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Art Jewelry Forum.