“Better Than Nothing”
October 3-October 31
A month-long exhibition of Textile Hive artist-in-residence Krista Anara Cibis.
Krista Anara Cibis’ exhibition “Better Than Nothing” at Gallery 157 at PNCA (511 SW Broadway), is the culmination of her year-long artist residency at Textile Hive. During her residency, she explored the digital archive, housing over 40,000 textiles. She spent hours in the physical archive, often sitting on the floor surrounded by fabrics studying their colors, patterns and construction.
In the spring Krista visited Andrea Aranow (co-founder of Textile Hive), in her NY studio/workshop where she studied the extensive collection of antique Peruvian fiesta textiles. The time spent in study and conversation continue to influence her projects. By working on conservation of some of the fiesta textiles, Krista was able to develop a much deeper understanding of the techniques and construction of the pieces.
This exhibition represents a portion of the work to come out of her time as artist in residence. The show features large scale sequin and beadwork canvases, found crochet blankets, hand embroidery, clothing developed in an artist collaboration, embellished oxygen hoses and fencing masks.
The exhibit runs from October 3rd to 31st, and opens with an artist talk at 6:30 pm on First Thursday, October 3rd.
Inspired by the Andrea Aranow Collection at Textile Hive, Krista chooses to use traditionally feminine materials (such as textiles and hand sewing) in the world of contemporary art where the line between what is called craft and what is called fine art can be as thin as a needle and thread.
Her work is centered on observation of communication and culture. Materials and techniques are important aspects of the works. The materials range from textile, organic, synthetic, or found objects. The medium and technique, whether hand-sewing or documentary-style photography, reinforces the meaning in her work. She draws on her research background, extensive international travel and lived experiences. Her newer works are inquiry-led projects with exploration of materials and dimensionality. She is a PNCA graduate student pursuing a double MFA in Visual Studies and Critical Theory.
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