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Craft Nouveau: An International Fine Craft Competition

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Flaming Dragon and Purple Passion - Marcia Boyajian

Exhibition Dates: January 3 - March 7, 2020

Opening Reception: January 18, 4-8 p.m.

Closing Reception: February 15, 4-8 p.m.

Craft Nouveau: An International Fine Craft Competition gave artists around the world space to define the term "craft."

Visitors can expect to amazed as they explore a wide array of mediums, from abstract crochet dragons suspended from the ceiling, to reconstructed mandolins remnant of Picasso, surprises never end as to what can be created through mediums not traditionally associated with fine art. The artists hail from 22 states and 3 countries, featuring locations as near as Auburn and as far away as New South Wales, Australia. 

Artists Linda Fitz Gibbon, Young Shin, Logan Wood, and Marcia Boyajian will give lectures about their artistic process and subject matter at the opening reception on January 18th, from 4-5 PM. Another artist lecture will be given at our closing reception on February 15th, 4 -5 PM.

We are pleased to announce our winners for this competition:

1st: Jill Stoll

2nd: Corin Herzog

3rd: Nate Ditzler

Honorable Mention: Nanhee Kim 

Craft Nouveau serves as an appreciation for the elevated techniques artists are working in to both honor tradition and embrace innovation, inviting viewers to suspend preconceived notions of what they determine to be fine craft vs. fine art. This exhibition, within the broader context created in recent years by exhibitions like MoMa’s Taking a Thread for a Walk and The Whitney Museum’s Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019, reinforces the concept that the lines between art and craft can be blurred in beautifully unexpected ways.

 

Accompanying nearly every piece is an artist's statement, providing insight into the artwork, and often, the artist's personal history. 

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Woman Standing Alone with Silver Lining by Jill Stoll

"I gather what is lost and broken, be it metaphorical shards, sparks, husks or physical family snapshots, printed ephemera, hand held objects. I endeavor to repair and make them whole again in my studio, where I navigate between control and release, analog and digital.

I try to be as precise as possible in how I illustrate an idea. When a family snapshot or an old medicine bottle depart from conventional wisdom, that is when it becomes compelling. If I affirm the assumptions of the viewer, they do not become curious; the work does not offer an alternative to what they already know.

In my new work, Women Standing Alone, I use a laser cutter to cut found snapshots from the 20th Century to provide a context for these nameless people who have been forgotten by history. To celebrate their lasting spirit captured by one decisive moment on film in what, we can only assume, was a full life much like our own. It is all we have left of them; what was caught by the click of the shutter."

-Artist Statment, Jill Stoll

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Trio by Bonnie Kuhr

“Skilled in a diverse range of mixed media including fiber related techniques. I interpret and express my concerns about our environment and the human condition, through my work. I have explored communication and intimacy in relationships. The results are reflected in my figural work. I admire the directness and honesty I see in tribal art and I try to incorporate those qualities in my own. My vessels express both action and reaction to what I have loved in the past and what I am discovering today.”

-Artist Statement, Bonnie Kuhr

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Beach Bowl by Nate Ditzler

"My work seeks meaning from the seemingly trivial and overlooked moments of everyday life. I use a combination of handmade and slip cast ceramic forms, fabricated mixed media elements, and modified found objects to give a visual presence to these phenomena. I am fascinated by the way that combining familiar and surreal aspects can cause a shift in an artwork’s meaning, as well as the way in which the viewer can enter into the work based on their own subjective reality. By employing these strategies, I seek to raise questions regarding the complexities and paradoxes found in the everyday.

My visual language is derived from the simplicity and playfulness of the illustrations found in children’s books and single panel comics. I integrate this minimalist aesthetic with nuances of humor to bring lightheartedness to the foibles, anxieties, banalities, and joy found in everyday life."

-Artist Statement, Nate Ditzler

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Make sure to come for our closing reception on February 15th, 4 - 8PM.

We look forward to seeing you there!