Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NEERA HUCKVALE new work juried into ART QUILTS YEAR XVII at Chandler Center for the Arts

ART QUILTS YEAR XVII: Integrating A Paradox
An exhibition of Textile Arts juried by Adriene Buffington
November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Chandler Cultural Foundation Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler AZ 85225

Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, November 2nd, 7–9 PM

This exhibition is comprised of well over 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character - yet somehow working better together than apart.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Congratulations Neera!

Neera Huckvale is presently Artist-in-Residence at The School of Dance in Ottawa. Born in India, she moved to Canada with her family at the age of 10. She studied at the Ottawa School of Art in the 1980s adding fabric later to her list of mediums which has become her focus over the last 12 years. Recently she has completed studies in paper making.

As a member of the group “Out-Of-The-Box-Fibre-Artists” she has shown with them in Ottawa as well as at the Montreal Centre of Contemporary Textiles (2007). She participated in an exhibit with MainWorks artists (1999) and had a solo show of charcoal drawings at the University of Ottawa (1993). As one of three artists-in-residence, she has also exhibited yearly at The School of Dance since 2007.