Upcoming 2022

Crowdsourcing the Collective:
a survey of textiles and mixed media art
May 7th - 15th, 2022

Stéphanie Jacques Sculptures

woven sculptures by Stéphanie Jacques

For our biannual exhibitions, browngrotta arts generally chooses a curatorial theme and asks artists to submit artworks with that theme in mind. In various years, we have examined what stimulates different works in Stimulus: art and its inception, the influence of geography and culture in art + identity, an international view, aesthetic similarities among artists from Japan and Scandinavia in Japandí: shared aesthetics and influences and the impact of color in Blue/Green: color/code/context.

This year we found it hard to narrow our artistic explorations to a single theme. There have been so many changes in the last few years -- new ways of working, new worldwide worries, a newfound popularity for craft and fiber arts, and new acceptance of viewing and acquiring art online. We decided to lean into this transition, asking our artists to help us curate Crowdsourcing the Collective, an exhibition that reflects where craft and fiber art are now, with reference to how they got here.

Craft has reached new prominence in the art world. Its the subject of exhibitions in major museums, intermixed with paintings and traditional sculpture in ways unthinkable a decade ago. The artists in Crowdsourcing the Collective illustrate the medium’s vitality. Many began working in the ‘80s and 90s, when craft was not well recognized; some have been working since fiber art’s first heyday in the ‘60s and '70s. We started by asking them a series of questions: What are you working on now that you like to exhibit? What existing work do you have that you would like to exhibit? What artists are you watching?

Crowdsourcing the Collective
 is the result. The work we have gathered is current and timeless. It reflects the wide range of craft materials and techniques that make the field such an attractive one for collectors. The ample scope of the artists’ preoccupations are on view here, too — from environmental concerns, to questions of the cosmos and identity, to explorations of material and process.It includes new work, work from earlier periods and work from artists we have invited specifically for this exhibition. Tapestries, fiber sculptures of seaweed, seagrass and willow, wall works made of sandpaper, hemp and horsehair and ceramics will all be included — tactile attractions abound.

Crowdsourcing the Collective
 illustrates the strength there is in diversity. The education, experience and inspiration of these artists vary. They differ in material and approach. The 39 artists come from more than a dozen countries around the world and the influence of those places is often evident in their work. They have provided an expansive selection of work for this exhibition. Come and see it from May 7 to May 15, 2022 at browngrotta arts, 276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897. 

Adela Akers
Caroline Bartlett
Polly Barton
James Bassler
Nancy Moore Bess
Marian Bijlenga
Pat Campbell
Yeonsoon Chang
Lia Cook
Włodzimierz Cygan
Neha Puri Dhir
Chris Drury
Shoko Fukuda
Kiyomi Iwata
Stéphanie Jacques
Marianne Kemp
Lewis Knauss
Naomi Kobayashi
Nancy Koenigsberg
Yasuhisa Kohyama
Gyöngy Laky
Sue Lawty
Jeannet Leendertse
Dawn MacNutt
Rachel Max
John McQueen
Mary Merkel-Hess
Norma Minkowitz
Laura Foster Nicholson
Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila
Lija Rage
Heidrun Schimmel
Hisako Sekijima
Young-ok Shin
Karyl Sisson
Jin-Sook So
Polly Adams Sutton
Chiyoko Tanaka
Blair Tate
Wendy Wahl
Gizella K Warburton
Carolina Yrarrázaval

Hours:
Saturday, May 7th: Artists Reception and Opening:  11AM to 6PM

Sunday, May 8th:   11AM to 6PM

Monday, May 9th - Saturday, May 14th: 10AM to 5PM

Sunday, May 15th: 11AM to 6PM

Japandí: shared aesthetics and influences
September 25 - October 3, 2021

Chiyoko Tanaka, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rachel Max, Gyöngy Laky

Japandi: shared aesthetics and influences, exploring common approaches shared between Japanese and Scandinavian cultures through art. The show features 39 contemporary fiber and runs from September 25 through October 3, 2021.



pictured: Masakazu Kobayashi, Markku Kosonen

exhibition catalog available:

Jane Balsgaard (Denmark)
Birgit Birkkjær (Denmark)
Gjertrud Hals (Norway)
Norie Hatakeyama (Japan)
Ane Henriksen (Denmark)
Agneta Hobin (Finland)
Kazue Honma (Japan)
Mutsumi Iwasaki (Japan)
Kiyomi Iwata (Japan)
Tomiko Kawata (Japan)
Masakazu Kobayashi (Japan)
Naomi Kobayashi (Japan)
Yasuhisa Kohyama (Japan)
Markku Kosonen (Finland)
Kyoko Kumai (Japan)
Åse Ljones (Norway)
Kari Lønning (Norwegian/American)
Keiji Nio (Japan)
Mia Olsson (Sweden)
Gudrun Pagter (Denmark)
Toshio Sekiji (Japan)
Hisako Sekijima (Japan)
Kay Sekimachi (Japanese American)
Naoko Serino (Japan)
Hiroyuki Shindo (Japan)
Jin-Sook So (Korea/Sweden)
Grethe Sørensen (Denmark)
Kari Stiansen (Denmark)
Noriko Takamiya (Japan)
Hideho Tanaka (Japan)
Tsuruko Tanikawa (Japan)
Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan)
Jun Tomita (Japan)
Eva Vargo (Sweden)
Ulla-Maija Vikman (Finland)
Merja Winqvist (Finland)
Grethe Wittrock (Denmark)
Jiro Yonezawa (Japan)
Masako Yoshida (Japan)

2021

Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change
May 8 - 16, 2021

 


Chiyoko Tanaka, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rachel Max, Gyöngy Laky
clockwise: Chiyoko Tanaka, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rachel Max, Gyöngy Laky

Over the last year, by necessity, we’ve grown more introspective, more insular and more aware of our interconnectedness. We’ve had to acknowledge our permeable national boundaries, shared air, the limits of personal space. The artists who work with browngrotta arts have coped with the changes COVID has wrought in various ways — moving locations, taking up art photography, taking new inspiration from nature. These recent adaptations are just some of the many reasons artists make changes in their art practice — a material becomes unavailable (willow) or a new one suggests itself (fiber optic, bronze, copper, steel, kibisio, akebia), a move in the US from the East to the South or from one country to another or from the city to the desert, a change in physical abilities (allergy, injury), an altered personal relationship, or a commission opportunity or an exhibition challenge. We will explore this theme this Spring, in browngrotta arts'  Art in the Barn exhibition, Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change, May 8- 16, 2021. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog (our 51st). The theme is intentionally broad, to cover all sorts of external circumstances — besides the pandemic — that might influence one’s art.
exhibition catalog available:



Adela Akers (United States)
Polly Barton (United States)
James Bassler United States)
Zofia Butrymowicz (Poland)
Sara Brennan (United Kingdom)
Pat Campbell (United States)
Włodzimierz Cygan (Poland)
Neha Puri Dhir (India)
Paul Furneaux (United Kingdom)
John Garrett (United States)
Susie Gillespie (United Kingdom)
Ane Henriksen (Denmark)
Kazue Honma (Japan)
Tim Johnson (United Kingdom)
Lewis Knauss (United States)
Nancy Koenigsberg (United States)
Yasuhisa Kohyama (Japan)
Irina Kolesnikova (Russia)
Lawrence LaBianca (United States)
Gyöngy Laky (United States)
Sue Lawty (United Kingdom)
Jennifer Falck Linssen (United States)
Kari Lønning (United States)
Federica Luzzi (Italy)
Rachel Max (United Kingdom)
John McQueen (United States)
Mary Merkel-Hess (United States)
Norma Minkowitz (United States)
Laura Foster Nicholson (United States)
Keiji Nio (Japan)
Gudrun Pagter (Denmark)
Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila (Venezuela)
Mariette Rousseau-Vermette (Canada)
Heidrun Schimmel (Germany)
Hisako Sekijima (Japan)
Naoko Serino (Japan)
Karyl Sisson (United States)

Jin-Sook So (Korea/Sweden)
Polly Sutton (United States)
Noriko Takamiya (Japan)
Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan)
Blair Tate (United States)
Wendy Wahl (United States)
Gizella K Warburton (United Kingdom)
Grethe Wittrock (Denmark)
Shin Young-ok (Korea)
Carolina Yrarrázaval (Chile)

2020


Volume 50: Chronicling Fiber Art for Three Decades

Lia Cook

September 12th -20th, 2020

exhibition catalog available:


Adela Akers (United States)
Laura Ellen Bacon (United Kingdom)
Jo Barker (United Kingdom)
Caroline Bartlett (United Kingdom)
Polly Barton (United States)
James Bassler (United States)
Dail Behennah (United Kingdom)
Annette Bellamy (United States)
Nancy Moore Bess (United States)
Marian Bijlenga (The Netherlands)
Birgit Birkkjaer (Denmark)
Sara Brennan (United Kingdom)
Lia Cook (United States)
Włodzimierz Cygan (Poland)
Neha Puri Dhir (India)
Lizzie Farey (United Kingdom)
Susie Gillespie (United Kingdom)
Agneta Hobin (Finland)
Kiyomi Iwata (Japan)
Ferne Jacobs (United States)
Stéphanie Jacques (Belgium)
Tim Johnson (United Kingdom)
Christine Joy (United States)
Tamiko Kawata (Japan/United States)
Nancy Koenigsberg (United States)
Marianne Kemp (The Netherlands)
Anda Klancic (Slovenia)
Lewis Knauss (United States)
Naomi Kobayashi (Japan)
Irina Kolesnikova (Russia)
Kyoko Kumai (Japan)
Lawrence LaBianca (United States)
Gyöngy Laky (United States)
Sue Lawty (United Kingdom)
Jennifer Falck Linssen (United States)
Åse Ljones (Norway)
Kari Lønning (United States)
Federica Luzzi (Italy)
Rachel Max (United Kingdom)
John McQueen (United States)
Mary Merkel-Hess (United States)
Norma Minkowitz (United States)
Keiji Nio (Japan)
Mia Olsson (Sweden)
Gudrun Pagter (Denmark)
Simone Pheulpin (France)
Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila (Venezuela)
Lija Rage (Latvia)
Toshio Sekiji (Japan)
Hisako Sekijima (Japan)
Karyl Sisson (United States)
Jin-Sook So (Korea/Sweden)
Grethe Sørensen (Denmark)
Aleksandra Stoyanov (Ukraine/Israel)
Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan)
Blair Tate (United States)
Deborah Valoma (United States)
Ulla-Maija Vikman (Finland)
Wendy Wahl (United States)
Gizella K Warburton (United Kingdom)
Grethe Wittrock (Denmark)
Chang Yeonsoon (Korea)
Jiro Yonezawa (Japan)
Carolina Yrarrazaval (Chile)