FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers
Wayne, PA, December 02, 2011. Wayne Art Center, Pennsylvania Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers, which runs from December 2, 2011 to January 21, 2012 opens this evening. Green from the Get Go is curated by Jane Milosch, former curator of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with browngrotta arts
Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers features more than 40 works by 28 artists from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and the US, featuring innovators in the genre of 20th-century art basketry as well as emerging talent.
The artists in Green from the Get Go take inspiration from nature and the history of basketry. Since time immemorial artists and craftspeople have been highly attuned to the beauty and resources of the natural world, whether depicting a pristine landscape, untouched by man, or harvesting plants and minerals for pigments and brushes. Sustainability is a natural part of their design and craft process. Works by the artists in Green from the Get Go reveal a heightened sensitivity to the physicality of materials, one that honors the stewardship of nature by their choice and use of materials. Several artists directly or indirectly advocate for the replenishing and repurposing of our natural resources. Artist Dorothy Gill Barnes captures this eco-friendly position well when she explains, "my intent is to construct a vessel or related object using materials respectfully harvested from nature."
Dorothy Gill Barnes
Nancy Moore Bess
High-resolution color images available on request.
Contact: Tom Grotta, co-curator