Pulling A Thread Exhibition Opens November 1

"Hearts Starve As Bodies" Marie Fornaro - seams, threads, clothespins

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Pulling A Thread, an exhibition of contemporary fiber works, opens November 1 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in Jamestown Community College’s Weeks Gallery.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes refreshments.

The exhibition is on display until December 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, and by appointment.

“Fleeting” Susan Iverson – wool, silk, mohair, and linen on linen warp

Erika Diamond, who curated the exhibition, will present a hands-on weaving demonstration from noon-1 p.m. on October 30 in the gallery.

Diamond is the assistant director of galleries at Chautauqua Institution. She is a textile focused conceptual artist whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows.

“My work addresses the vital and fleeting qualities of human contact,” Diamond notes. “It reveals the vulnerability and self-preservation negotiated during human interaction. Referencing skin, defense mechanisms, and safety procedures, my work questions the fragility and resilience of both the human body and our connections to each other.”

The exhibition features work by Ana de la Cueva, Marie Fornaro, Susan Iverson, Tracy Krumm, and Frankie Toan. Diverse textile techniques including soft sculpture, tapestry weaving, quilting, embroidery, and crocheting are used to reference landscape, light, geographical borders, and the textile’s unique relationship with gravity.

de la Cueva, who lives and works between Mexico and New York, is known for her paintings, drawings, monotypes and installations created in embroidery.

“Thread is an important medium in my work, depicting beautiful abstract lines that represent personal barriers, international hurdles, risks, emotional and physical desperation, psychological states that lead people to risk everything in search of a dream,” de la Cueva states.

Fornaro, who lives in Virginia, spent seven years living and working at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. An educator and research, Fornaro is a textile and fiber artist, leatherworker, cordwainer, quilter, sculptor, woodworker.

Iverson lives and works in rural Virginia. She retired as a professor in the School of the Arts, Department of Craft/ Material Studies, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and is included in many collections.

Krumm’s work integrates hand-constructed textile processes with found materials and forged steel to comment on labor, identity, human connectivity, and cultural production. Krumm is director of artistic advancement at Textile Center in Minneapolis, a community faculty member at Metro State University, and maintains a studio practice in St. Paul, MN.

Based in Denver, Toan works mostly with craft and DIY materials and techniques to create large plush sculptures, interactive works, and immersive installations. Several of Toan’s works have been included in solo and two-person exhibitions as well as public art and commissions.

The Weeks Gallery is located on the second floor of Sheldon Center