Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art
Thursday, March 16 through Tuesday, June 20
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
QCC Art Gallery/CUNY – 222-05 56th Avenue, Oakland Gardens
Okinawa-born, New York-based textile artist Hiroshi Jashiki is among the twenty-four artists exhibiting at Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art, a collaboration between the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York; the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College; and the QCC Art Gallery/CUNY. The exhibition showcases the artists’ extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature and environmental and social issues, addressing them in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled, and installed artworks.
The conceptual art in this exhibition forms an enchanting dialogue, a reimagining and rediscovery of prosaic materials reborn greater than the sum of their parts. As Wen Fu Yu, one of the artists, asserts, “The cloud exists in a quiet state, but youth is passionate.”
The artists use diverse materials – from bamboo to styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic, metal wire, and more – to reexamine and update fiber art. Ordinary objects are transformed, and their mere appearance finds liberation through the progressive process: Form over content.
In his art, Jashiki uses imagery from Okinawa, New York City, as well as places he has visited over the years. Because of his use of textile software technologies and carefully controlled color and composition, the original photographs are no longer visible at the finished stage. Thus he creates both realistic and highly abstract motifs to show a romantic feeling. The work might be a painting, curtain, triptych, or screen. Influenced both by native hand weaving and modern digital textile design methods, Jashiki takes his inspiration from nature. The colors he uses for dyes are sophisticated and delicate, giving his work a minimal sparseness that at the same time is dreamy. The foundation of Jashiki’s career was the indigenous, skilled hand weaving which he encountered on the Okinawa Islands. His horizons were expanded first by formally studying art and then by embarking on a career in the New York fashion industry as a textile designer.
For more information, please visit QCC Art Gallery’s website.