Upcoming 2022

 

Crowdsourcing the Collective:
a survey of textiles and mixed media art

May 7th - 15th, 2022

1hsc Behind the Lines, Heidrun Schimmel, cotton, steel, paper, 55" x 74" x 3.5", 2004

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 inspires different works in Stimulus, the influence of geography and culture in art + identity, aesthetic similarities among artists from Japan and Scandinavia in Japandi and the impact of color in Blue/Green. This year we found it hard to narrow our artistic explorations to a single theme. There have been so many changes in the last two years -- new ways of working, new worldwide worries, new ways of responding to anxiety. We decided to lean into this ambiguity, and ask our artists to help us curate an exhibition that reflects where we are IRL. We started with a series of questions for the artists we work with, including: What are you working on now that you would like to exhibit? What existing work do you have that you would like to exhibit? What artists are you finding of interest? Crowdsourcing the Collective is the result. We have gathered an exciting, wide-ranging group of works in response to our survey — some new and some from earlier periods, some from artists we have invited specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition will include ceramics, tapestries, fiber sculptures, wall works made of sand paper, and collages of repurposed newspapers. Crowdsourcing the Collective illustrates that there is strength in numbers. The artists in this exhibition are a diverse group. Their education, experience and inspiration vary. They work in different materials and techniques. And they come from dozens of different countries around the world and the influence of those places is often reflected in their work.They have provided an expansive selection of work for this exhibtion. Come and see it from May 7 to May 15, 2022.

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)