DESIGN CHARETTE: MAY 2018
Textile Arts LA and Makerville have partnered on an exciting opportunity in conjunction with the 2019 edition of Desert X. Debra and Richard Hovel and Kurt Cyr, supporters of Textile Arts LA from our founding, have converted a funky and stylish former Elks Lodge in the mountains above Palm Desert into a maker space titled, appropriately, Makerville. They have developed an art installation known as Art Marks the Spot, which has come to the attention of the curatorial team at Desert X. Fast forward, and a group of us are now gathering for an afternoon of conversation and creativity around the processes and concepts behind knotting, assemblage, and related forms of contemporary textile art making.
Our intention is for all or some of our invited guests – talented artists all – to create, solo or in collaboration, work to be displayed at Art Marks the Spot during Desert X next Feb - April. We'll post photos of the event and updates here.
THE INSTALLATION: LOOMING SHELTER
“Looming Shelter” is a site-specific, fiber centric collaborative that plays with questions of shelter, inclusion, and retreat, as well as exposure, scarcity, and consequence. Fiber and textile artists will respond to a monumental framework that provides structure but not content or context, and each artist will react in a way that reflects upon, challenges, and embraces what it means to seek shelter, how shelter is created, what is necessary, and what can be let go. The scaffolding itself serves as a symbol of the larger, defining community, while allowing space for individual artists to perform private gestures and commentary. Panels of woven, knotted, sewn, dyed, found, re-used, and rescued material will be attached to the sculptural wood frame. Visitors will be invited to walk through and around the structure, experiencing its liminal nature, while benches set into the scaffolding's base will offer a perch from which to observe and ponder.
DesertX is anticipated to open February 9 and run through April 21st.
More info on DesertX can be found here.
DESERT X IS A SITE-SPECIFIC BIENNIAL EXHIBITION THAT FIRST TOOK PLACE IN THE SPRING OF 2017. ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WERE INVITED TO MAKE WORK IN RESPONSE TO THE UNIQUE CONDITIONS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY. THE DESERT IS THE CANVAS UPON WHICH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS - LIKE THE WRITERS, ARCHITECTS, MUSICIANS AND OTHERS BEFORE THEM – WERE INVITED TO PROJECT THEIR VISION AND TO CREATE FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY AROUND THEM OBJECTS AND EXPERIENCES THAT REFLECT UPON THE MATCHLESS SPECTACLE OF THE GEOLOGIC EPIC, THE RADICAL ABSTRACTION OF THE SURROUNDINGS AND THE SINGULAR INCURSIONS OF MAN INTO THE SEEMINGLY BARREN LANDSCAPE. UNIQUE IN THAT IT TAKES THE LANDSCAPE ITSELF AS ITS EXHIBITION SPACE, DESERT X OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE BOTH THE FAMILIAR AND THE UNKNOWN THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS. IF THE DESERT IS INDEED GOD WITHOUT MAN, THEN DESERT X IS ART WITHOUT CONSTRAINT.
— NEVILLE WAKEFIELD