Friday, 15 February 2013

Two Fruits

Since it's inception in 1995 I've participated in the Shadow Box Show at the Textile Museum of Canada, creating a small work for these exceptional exhibitions. The much anticipated fund-raiser coordinated tirelessly by David Kaye doesn't exist anymore however it was a catalyst for remarkable memory making artworks and friendships and spawned many similar events.  

Online microsites Shadow Box show 2009, also see Shadow Box Show 2008, etc.

One of these shadowbox pieces—Two Fruits, 2009, inspired by Karl Blossfeldt's photos of magnified seeds, l. Silene conica and r. Laserpitium siler was drawn and stitched on Arches paper.  Stimulated by gardening, plant research and experimentation, I'm motivated by related botanical interests including the Parkdale Hort Society where I've been a longtime member.    

Two Fruits, 2009. Valerie Knapp©  Embroidery, drawing, paper, threads, letters.  Shadowbox Show Exhibit 2009, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto. 

View in the studio—Silene conica and Laserpitium siler and other stuff on my work table....

Work table, drawings, relief carving on softoleum, tools, test prints, pet rock, etc.. VKnapp©

Silene conica in ben musurato, part of Angelic Trio 2011. An embroidered relief print on linen, mounted in relief on vintage sheet music on a wood box frame.

  ben misurato, 2011. Valerie Knapp©  Embroidery, relief print, DMC thread, linen, vintage sheet 
  music, various paper, pins, acrylic, wood box. Also see Angelic Trio.  

Angelic Trio, 2011. Valerie Knapp©   Exhibit—Angels & Argonauts, Lafreniere & Pai, Ottawa 2011.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Multiplicity revisited, won't disappoint...

Since I'm relatively new to this blog thing I thought I'd ramble around in my archives and show a selection of work from a past exhibit.  In 2009 Vivienne Jones and I envisioned and created the group exhibition 'Multiplicity: Five artists propelled by process, form and the nuances of repetition' at the OCC Gallery in conjunction with Janna Hiemstra. Artists included—Allan Bell, Carolynn Bloomer, Vivienne Jones, Valerie Knapp and Karli Sears. 

Piano Cabinet #1,  2009  Allan Bell©

Piano Cabinet #1,  2009  Allan Bell©

Trunk Diptych, 2009. Embroidery, perforation, thread, paper.  39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

'...the work of five artists thematically linked by independent meditations on repetition and process....eliciting this nuanced rationale by delving into recurrence and variation, and through conversations in form, function, scale and colour.....the juxtaposition of similarity and difference emphasizes the unique gesture each work brings on its own terms, as well as in conjunction with the complex whole.'

                 excerpt of statement by Valerie Knapp and Vivienne Jones, 2009.

Couched Diptych,  2009. Embroidery, drawing, thread, paper.  39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

Contracting Time Diptych, 2009. Embroidery, drawing, perforation, thread, vellum, paper. 39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

Good Point Diptych, 2009. Embroidery, needles, thread, paper.  39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

each stitch a step 
repeated across varied surfaces 
forming a path 
or patterning
a sketch
drawing with stitch 
with needles 
and pins 
and tiny curls of paper 
couched down with fragile threads
all the while
sifting and wandering
rifling around 
the corners 


Her Diptych, 2009. Embroidery, relief print, drawing, thread, vellum, paper.  39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

His Diptych, 2009. Embroidery, relief print, drawing, thread, vellum, birch bark, paper.  39w x 31h cm Valerie Knapp©

Chest #1, 2009.  Sycamore, aluminum, acrylic. Allan Bell©

Chest #1, (drawer detail) 2009.  Allan Bell©

Chest #2, 2009.  Fir, mahogany, aluminum laminate. 89w x 34h x 22d cm. Allan Bell©

Chest #2, (detail) 2009.  Fir, mahogany, aluminum laminate. Allan Bell©

Piano Cabinet #1, (detail) 2009 Allan Bell©

Pitcher Corset, 2009 Porcelain. Carolynn Bloomer©

Resin and Silver Pin,  2009. Vivienne Jones©

Clockwise from top left:  Fruit Triptych (detail), Valerie Knapp;  Membrane (detail), Carolynn Bloomer;  Saffron Aurora, (detail) Karli Sears;   Chest #2, (detail) Allan Bell;  Ad-junct, Vivienne Jones.