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
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