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Opening exhibition at Herron School of Art and Design offers relief from 'rampant media consumption'

  • Dec. 14, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS -- Just in time to help shake off the winter doldrums comes "FABRICation," an exhibition co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"FABRICation" opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries in Herron School of Art and Design's Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

The exhibition is making its way around the country, coming to IUPUI by way of Morehead State University in Kentucky. It will continue on to Midland College in Texas.

In addition to works by the co-curators, "FABRICation" features works by five artists: Erin Castellan, Virginia Derryberry, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith. Each incorporates a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.

Gower said, "Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles, from drapery to quilt, these complex, multipart works contrast our culture's rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand."

"Individual works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions," she continued, "created from a variety of materials, including oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects and found fabrics. These works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection."

Aficionados of Herron galleries may recall Gower's name from "Papercuts," another show she curated, which visited Herron School of Art and Design in 2012. Gower expressed her delight at working with Herron again and looks forward to sharing "FABRICation" with students, faculty and the public. "FABRICation" continues through Feb. 12.

Also opening on Jan. 13 in the Marsh Gallery is an exhibition of works by first-year photography and intermedia graduate students and in the Basile Gallery, a solo exhibition of works by Indianapolis-based artist Michael Milano. Both shows continued through Jan. 27.

Funding for "FABRICation" was made possible in part by the Virginia Commonwealth University VCUarts Painting and Printmaking Department.


Erin Castellan, "Window," 2013, 59" x 46", acrylic, latex paint, yarn, thread, fabric

Kristy Deetz, "Relativity Veil #1," 2007, 40" x 74" x 2", oil on wood.

Erin Castellan's "Window"

Erin Castellan's "Window"

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Kristy Deetz's "Relativity Veil"

Kristy Deetz's "Relativity Veil"

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