Event Details
July 12, 2016 - July 23, 2016
Anna Leonowens Gallery Exhibitions & Openings
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Gallery exhibitions and openings

Anna Leonowens Gallery opens at 5:30PM on Mon 11 July with exhibition receptions for visiting artist Susie Brandt and retiring faculty exhibitors Frances Dorsey and Robin Muller. Everyone is welcome!

Gallery 1
Susie Brandt, Summer Visiting Artist Series

Using scissors and her hand-crank sewing machine, Susie Brandt, along with gallery visitors, will process donated worn clothing and textiles into linear raw material. Next, that material will be walked on an improvised ropewalk. And finally, using a hand crank rope machine, it will be twisted and plied into an exquisite length of rope. About her process, Brandt states, “ropemaking is a basic gesture in textile production. The phenomenon of twisted and plied fibers resulting in a strong flexible line dates to 1700 BC. Because lines of rope can be used for hoisting, fastening, and climbing, rope had transformative effects on pre-industrial communities. Considered Post-industrially, rope offers an entry point into textile issues around locality, labor and waste/re-use.”

Galleries 2&3
Frances Dorsey & Robin Muller, Faculty exhibitors

About her Dorsey states, “This work links some of the ideas I have been considering for the past few decades while teaching at NSCAD in Foundation and Textiles. One interest has been simply the power that colour has to convey emotion, delight, doubt - notions too nuanced for mere words. Another has to do with relationships between colour and structure, as articulated by loom-based textiles. A third is the potential in free local colour - colour from plants in our immediate environment - available to be harvested carefully and thoughtfully - colour that might reflect this moment, this place, this water, this dirt.”

Muller offers, “I look forward to showing work that I’ve created throughout my 36 years at NSCAD. My craft division colleagues were very stubborn about valuing and maintaining the meaning of craft in contemporary culture. That, and my love of materials influenced most of my production. My earliest work is large weavings based on textile influences, mostly Peruvian open work and pieced quilts. I created artist’s books for about ten years. It seemed so much like working with textiles thought and decisions. After becoming interested in Jacquard weaving, for teaching purposes, I used photographic images in my weavings and attempted to create simple narratives, which I began while making books. It is thought provoking to review this work at the beginning of my retirement, when I am learning to approach time in a new way.”

For additional information:
Kate Walchuk