Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018

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Author
Abraham Thomas, Annie Carlano, and Sarah Archer
Co-Publisher
D Giles Ltd.
Year Published
2018
Number of Pages
111
ISBN Softcover
9781911282426
Description

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 features four remarkable artists who challenge the conventional definitions of craft, imbuing it with a renewed sense of emotion, purpose, inclusiveness, and activism. 

Tanya Aguiñiga transforms natural materials into textiles, furniture, and more that reveal raw personal narratives and universal feelings of vulnerability often using collaborative ways to connect communities and provoke dialogue. Sharif Bey, who is constantly reinventing his artistic process to interweave his roles as educator, father, and ceramicist, explores complex cultural identities with works ranging from the utilitarian to the sculptural and purely abstract. Dustin Farnsworth manipulates wood into haunting storylines that inhabit intricately detailed portrait of today's youth, shedding light on those inheriting societal and economic decay. Stephanie Syjuco uses social practice and the tropes of craft to challenge our perceptions of "types" in contemporary America, uncovering complicated and contradictory ways we understand our identity and nationhood. 

Throughout the essays, authors Abraham Thomas, Annie Carlano, and Sarah Archer examine how each artist has used their chosen media to contribute beyond the confines of the art world. 

 

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