An exhibition considering the intersections of craft, (self-)care,
apprenticeship and survival
Opening at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's (CCCD) Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, January 30, 2014, is an exhibition exploring the intersections of craft, (self-)care, apprenticeship, and survival within the practices of historically disadvantaged populations. Including artwork and ephemera from over 15 artists, activists, and archives nationwide, this exhibition considers 'craft' in an expanded sense to include such practices as homeopathy, scrapbooking, gardening, and other do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies for self-reliance.
With a focus on intergenerational skill-sharing, this exhibition positions craft-practice alongside the histories of community service, citizen journalism, and volunteerism, as another potential strategy for cultural resistance. In addition to traditional techniques such as weaving, quilting, ceramics, and woodworking, artists in this exhibition incorporate video, photography, archival material, and performance into their multi-disciplinary projects that often hybridize the historical with the contemporary.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 2014
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Exhibition Dates: January 30 - May 23, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
(Lawrence, KS); (Los Angeles, CA); (Chiloquin, OR); (Kansas City, MO); (Kansas City, KS); (Richmond, VA); (Kansas City, MO); (San Francisco, CA); (Kansas City, MO); (Lawrence, KS); (San Francisco, CA); (San Francisco, CA); and (Chicago, IL & Copenhagen, Denmark)
Exhibition highlights include an installation of artwork and video from San Francisco artist Josh Faught, whose artwork (2009) pays tribute to home-care, self-care, and activism throughout the ongoing AIDS crisis.'s and projects (2011). Inspired by the life of Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese-American imprisoned within America's Japanese incarceration camps during WWII, Takemoto has produced a performance film and various handcrafted objects that investigate Onuma's strategies for survival. , of Richmond, VA, will have four artworks on view relative to her ongoing investigations of early African-American entrepreneurship and endurance, including (2008) produced entirely from black combs. Two painted quilts from Klamath/Modoc artist (Chiloquin, OR) interpret the reemergence of Modoc Ghost Dance ceremonies within contemporary tribal contexts. Chicago and Copenhagen-based collaboration contributes (1998-2014), an interactive installation of suspended publications, including How-To's and guides to 'creative approaches to living radically,' produced by their publishing imprint Half Letter Press. Self-help periodicals also appear within the weavings of San Francisco-based artist
. This project receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council.