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Idle Hands    Nov 22 - Dec 15, 2013

No Apologies
Jenny Honnert Abell
No Apologies, 2013
 
Sunflower
Chuck Close
Sunflower, 2007
 
Unknown (Crochet Ball)
Seth Koen
Unknown (Crochet Ball), 2006
 
New Car
Rusty Scruby
New Car, 2010
 
Swarm
Shawn Smith
Swarm, 2010
 
 
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The Turner Carroll Gallery is excited to announce an upcoming group exhibition titled “Idle Hands”. It will be open to the public beginning November 22 and will extend through January 15th. The show’s impressive roster includes Chuck Close, Jenny Abell, Seth Koen, Andrew Romanoff, Rusty Scruby, Shawn Smith, Davis Birks, Tuscany Wenger, Brenda Zappitell, Stephen Buxton, Hung Liu, Tracy Krumm and Ellen Tuchman, all of whom push the boundaries of historically female hand skills into high contemporary art.

Pieces like “Sunflower,” a Chuck Close tapestry to be featured in the show, not only recategorizes a skill once thought to be a woman’s daily chore as fine art; it also reflects the modernization of weaving, as the piece was created using a Jacquard Loom invented in 1801. Work by Rusty Scruby also transforms the traditional idea of weaving to a high art in his woven photographs creating pixilated images of objects in nature.

Tracy Krumm explores hand process and elemental materials in her hanging sculptural pieces. Her work embraces skills and objects typically thought of as “female” and “domestic” such as strainers, knitting and crocheting. Instead of using yarn, however, she knits and crochets with metal threads. The combination of such ordinary hand skills with an industrial material like metal elevates the craft to an impressive, noteworthy art.

The Turner Carroll Gallery is also excited to feature a piece by Davis Birks. Birks is considered to be the most prominent American artist in Mexico, a reputation built by his easily recognizable pieces. Davis Birks weaves miscellaneous materials—both industrial and natural—to create sculptural pieces that intrigue and amaze.

As Tracy Krumm, Chuck Close, Davis Birks and Rusty Scruby take traditional hand skills and reinterpret them to make fine art, Shawn Smith interprets modern society’s way of experiencing the world. With the introduction of more complex, groundbreaking technology everyday, it is more and more frequent that people experience the environment virtually. Instead of studying animals, for example, by direct observation, Smith surfs the Internet for videos and virtual reproductions showcasing specific species. To represent this phenomenon, Shawn Smith creates sculptures using plywood, ink, and acrylic paint to create pixilated imagery. By taking a two-dimensional image and making it three-dimensional, he epitomizes the new way many experience nature.

“Idle Hands” will also feature pieces that utilize collage techniques incorporating unexpected materials like shrinky dinks, eye shadow, rolled paper, wax, and recycled items. All of the artists in the show help turn the oft-cited notion that "idle hands are the devil’s playthings" on its head by presenting handwork as a very sly application of critique and compelling works of contemporary art.

For further information or images, contact Natalie Dean or Tonya Turner Carroll at: 505-986 9800, or email Natalie Dean

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