Reni Gower FABRICation
2018 - 2013

Co-curated with Kristy Deetz.
FABRICation features works of 7 artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, Natalie Smith) that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt) these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrasts our culture's rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming. Works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics. Whether painting, tapestry or construct, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.

2013 - (Tag) Theatre Arts Galleries, High Point, NC
2014 - University of North Carolina Pembroke, A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC
2015 - Connecticut College, Cummings Art Galleries, New London, CT
2015 - Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN
2015 - Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY
2016 - Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, Herron Galleries, Indianapolis, IN
2016 - McCormick Gallery, Midland College, Midland, TX
2016 - New Mexico University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2016 - Crossman Gallery, University of WI-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
2016 - Sheppard Contemporary Gallery, University of NV-Reno, Reno, NV
2017 - Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2017 - Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2017 - Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2018 - Avenir Museum of Decorative Arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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