Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018

byAbraham ThomasContribution bySarah Archer, Annie Carlano

November 30, 2018|
Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 by Abraham Thomas
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Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 features four remarkable artists who challenge the conventional definitions of craft, imbuing it with a renewed sense of emotional 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 portraits 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. Begun in 2000, the Renwick Invitational is a biennial series designed to celebrate artists deserving of wider recognition. Disrupting Craft is the eighth installment in the series. Other titles in the RenwickInvitational series includeVisions and Revisions (2016), (2011), andStaged Stories (2009).
TANYA AGUIÃIGA (born 1978, San Diego, CA) is a Los Angeles–based artist, designer, and activist. Her work provokes conversation surrounding gender and nationality, often drawing from her background as a Mexican American woman and mother. Aguiñiga crafts furniture, textiles, wearable pieces, sculptures, and site-specific installa...
Title:Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Product dimensions:112 pages, 11.87 X 9.14 X 0.37 in
Shipping dimensions:112 pages, 11.87 X 9.14 X 0.37 in
Published:November 30, 2018
Publisher:D Giles Limited
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781911282426

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