September 7th - October 14th
Opening Reception: September 14th, 6 - 8 pm
Curated by Ragna Froda
Liz Collins, Joy Curtis, Melissa Dadourian, Regina Durante Jestrow,
Leila Bacchi Curotto Levy, Courtney Puckett,
Michelle Segre, Denise Treizman.
In an ever-evolving art world where creativity knows no bounds, textiles have risen to the forefront as the new expressionism, pushing the boundaries of fiber art. L’SPACE Gallery is proud to present "FIBRATION,” an innovative group exhibition curated by the visionary Ragna Froda.
This exceptional showcase features a lineup of renowned artists who have masterfully embraced textiles as their chosen medium, embarking on a journey that reshapes the landscape of contemporary art. FIBRATION brings together a diverse group of distinguished artists, including Liz Collins, Joy Curtis, Melissa Dadourian, Regina Durante Jestrow, Lelia Bacchi Curotto Levy, Courtney Puckett, Michelle Segre, and Denise Treizman. Each artist unveils their dynamic and exceptional works, ranging from intricately designed two-dimensional pieces to captivating three-dimensional freestanding sculptures.
These creations exemplify the profound revival of textiles as a potent and expressive medium. This exhibition delves into the current prevalence of fiber art in contemporary creations, a testament to the profound capabilities of this ancient craft. FIBRATION seeks to unveil textiles' rich possibilities and boundless potential as celebrated artists utilize these materials to push the boundaries of expression and craft new ways of knowing.
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About the Artists
Liz Collins is a New York-based artist who works in painting, drawing, and fiber art. Her works transform spaces into social environments using a dynamic combination of materials and objects. Collins has had solo exhibitions at Candice Madey, Bureau for General Services- Queer Division, and Heller Gallery in NYC, the Tang Museum (New York), Knoxville Museum of Art (Tennessee), Luis de Jesus (Los Angeles), Rossana Orlandi (Milan), and Touchstones Rochdale (England). Group exhibitions have been in New York at Leslie Lohman Museum, Museum of FIT, Museum of Arts and Design, New Museum, MoMA, Drawing Center, BRIC, Smackmellon, Asya Geisberg, Sargent’s Daughters, R & Company, and Tappeto Volante; other New York State sites include Lyndhurst Mansion, Longhouse Reserve, Collective Art +Design, and September Gallery. She has also been in group shows at the Addison Gallery (Andover, MA), NoLAB (Istanbul), and Kristin Hjellegjerde (Berlin). Collins' works are included in the much anticipated “Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction", opening in September 2023 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Collins honors include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts & Artist Relief grants, Drawing Center Open Sessions and residencies at Siena Art Institute, MacDowell, Yaddo, Haystack, Museum of Arts and Design, Stoneleaf, and currently, she is in the Two Trees Cultural Subsidy Studio Program in Brooklyn. Her works are included in several private, corporate, and museum collections, including Estee Lauder, Fidelity, Meta, Microsoft, Addison Gallery, F.I.T. Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, RISD Museum, Touchstones Rochdale.
Michelle Segre lives and works in New York city. She has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the lumber room in Portland, Oregon and the University Art Museum at the University of Albany, SUNY, as well as nine solo shows with the Derek Eller Gallery in NY. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT; and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY. She has been awarded fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the American Academy for the Arts and Letters Award. Public collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs; and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI.
Joy Curtis Joy Curtis (b. Valparaiso, Indiana), lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the relationship between nature and culture through cloth, where the cloth becomes a place to examine history, recalibrate ways of being in the world, and imagine richer connections between organisms and environments. She is a 2023-24 recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. In 2021, she was an artist-in-residence at Stoneleaf Retreat.
Ceysson and Bénétière; Found Outside at the Aldrich Museum (CT); Weight Over Time, T.S.A (Brooklyn); The Working Title, The Bronx River Art Center; Tensile Strength, ZieherSmith; Object
‘Hood, Leslie Heller; Eternal Return, Nurture Art; The Finishers, The Wassaic Project (NY); and Greater Brooklyn, CRG. Curtis is the recipient of fellowships from Socrates Sculpture Park and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and Saatchi Online, and featured on Gorky’s Granddaughter and James Kalm’s Rough Cut video blogs.
Melissa Dadourian is a Brooklyn and Hudson Valley based artist working in textile media and immersive installation. Her wall collages and site-specific installations are depictions of geometric abstractions. Associations range in form, pattern, and color and use various materials, including burlap, old curtains, paint, thread, and yarn.
Dadourian has exhibited internationally, including New York, Chicago, Connecticut, Texas, Armenia, and Brazil. Recently she has been included in exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum, MoCA Westport, JEFF Marfa, ACCEA/Yerevan, Armenia, Albany Airport, University of Buff¬alo, and Collar Works, among others. Upcoming shows at Gold-Montclair, Cedar Crest College and Private Public Gallery Hudson. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships at MASS
MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hewnoaks, Textile Arts Center, American Academy in Rome and Citè Internationale des Artes in Paris.
Regina Durante Jestrow is a textile artist born in Queens, NY, and based in Miami, FL. After attending school for photography and moving to Miami, Jestrow turned to quilting to cope with homesickness. Her organically shaped geometric art quilts stem from a constant reexamination of American history and recontextualizing of textile traditions. Jestrow's ongoing interests in women's rights and history, patterns and stories from American quilt-making traditions, and textile arts. Her art quilts consist of new, second-hand, and hand-dyed fabrics using natural dyes, inks, iron, and burning, using colors representative of Miami's people, culture, and landscape. Selected solo projects include “Free-Form Connections” at Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (2023), “Reinterpretation of Tradition” at Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL (2022), and "Forms of The Everglades" at Miami-Dade College Homestead Library, Homestead, FL (2016). Jestrow has been awarded artist residencies at The Jentel Foundation (2022), National Park Service Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) (2014), and The Studios of Key West (2012). Awarded grants include the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC), 2023, Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Grant (2023) and Stipend (2022), The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts (2021), and the Artist Access Grant, Miami-Dade County and FUNdarte (2021, 2022, 2023).
Courtney Puckett Courtney Puckett born in Winter Park, FL, is a Hudson Valley visual artist and educator whose work integrates both theories and methodologies of fine art and craft from assembled domestic cast-offs such as old furniture, household goods, and textiles. She creates human-sized characters or archetypes with surrogate bodies representing outwardly facing personas. She found objects serve as armature while repurposed textiles are wrapped, knotted, and sewn onto the surfaces like skin on a skeleton. Solo exhibitions include Furnace- Art on Paper Archive (CT), Hesse Flatow (NY), and Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College (NY). Group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Arlington (VA), Dorsky Gallery at SUNY New Paltz (NY), NADA x Foreland (NY), Geary Contemporary (NY), White Columns (online), and BRICArts (NY). Artist Residencies include Yaddo (NY), Constance Saltonstall Foundation (NY), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), LMCC’s Workspace Program (NY), Vermont Studio Center (VT) (full fellowship), and a community research grant through River Valley Arts Collective. Puckett is an Art Instructor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College and has taught at Pratt, Parsons School of Design, and FIT.
Michelle Segre was born in Israel in 1965 and moved to New York City in 1970. She is a sculptor working in Brooklyn, who has exhibited her work widely since the mid-1990s. Recent solo exhibitions include the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2016) and Driftloaf, at the Derek Eller Gallery in New York (2015).
Denise Treizman , a Chilean Israeli artist, crafts sculptures and installation-based pieces by merging found objects and ready-made materials with vibrant, textured, sometimes luminescent weavings, amassed through gleaning and repurposing. Her process embraces artistic ownership over materials while playfully exploring their boundless potential, critically addressing hyper-consumerism and inviting contemplation of our mass-produced world. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries and institutions across the United States, including
Penn State University, Latino Arts, Milwaukee, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, PROTO and at University Galleries of Illinois State University. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2023 Florida Prize, and her work was extensively exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art. Her upcoming exhibitions include solo presentations at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL and at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL. Treizman honors include residencies at Mass MOCA, MA, and NARS Foundation International Artists Residency.
Leila Bacchi Curotto Levy
Lelia Bacchi Curotto Levy is a Brazilian textile artist passionate about creating art based on characters and the story around them that comes to life during the process of making. “They tell me their story and I give them my hands” says the artist. "My creativity relies on coincidences, moments where the character on its own tells me what he wishes for, it's the spot where we find each other”.
Lelia expresses her ideas in a variety of techniques she has been exploring since her Master’s at Parsons on Fine Arts Textiles. Felting, knitting, and basketry are the leading media explored by her in a path that as she says “it’s only starting”.