We are pleased to present Thread by Thread a group exhibition with works by Liz Collins, Meg Lipke and David B. Smith, reveling fabric, it’s integrity, diversity and play. These artists find endless inspiration in the versatility and use it to create structures that are akin to paintings, sculptures or installations, each of them dealing with the material in a distinctive way and carving out their unique expression through each thread. Liz Collins surrounds the viewer in vibrating color fields to explore the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation. The cacophonic play of optics, texture, color and scale, recreates her wavering experience of the world as a place of stupendous wonder and cosmic energy.
Textiles have played an important role in Meg Lipke‘s family history: her grandfather inherited a cotton dye mill, and she is a third-generation woman artist using dye, weaving and painting in her work. Lipke utilizes this personal history to make objects, which critique the domestic while referring to female sexuality and nodding to seminal feminist sculptors of the 1970’s.
David B Smith playfully re-organizes modern iconography by using pseudo programming code to explore fantasy, loss, commodity and connection in American culture creating fabric-based photo sculptures and wall-pieces. Liz Collins has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee to name a few. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the ICA/Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; the Museum of FIT:the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design and MoMA.
Meg Lipke’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and institutions such as Freight & Volume in NY, Jeff Bailey in Hudson, and Look and Listen Gallery in St Chamas, France, and has been reviewed in Art in America, the Village Voice, the New York Times and many online publications. She lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
David B. Smith work has appeared in exhibitions at MoMa PS1, The International Center of Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Asia Song Society, John Connelly Presents, Halsey McKay Gallery, and Calico Gallery. His work has been discussed in the New York Times, The Observer, Art Fag City, the Washington Post, and Miami New Times.