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March 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm$6
For 31 days in March, contemporary artists from across the U.S. will come to the Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) to create new works and engage the public in the creative process. In the spirit of experimentation and collaboration in modern art, Art31 is a series of exhibits and happenings that honor A&H’s history as the Research Studio, which welcomed a handful of notable artists from the northeast each winter from 1937-1959, allowing them to practice new artistic styles.
The centerpiece exhibition of Art31: Fiber, on view March 2 – April 22, 2018 in the Maitland Art Center galleries, features works by Alisha McCurdy, Hye Shin, and Carrie Sieh. This group of internationally recognized artists creates with cloth, paper, and other fibrous materials, and use traditional techniques like stitching, quilting, and crocheting, in innovative and provocative ways to engage with their environments. Also featured during Art31 2018 are local artists Jack Fields and Suzanne Oberholtzer.
Alisha McCurdy – McCurdy will create a site-specific installation of a landscape in Maitland Art Center’s Galleries 1 & 2, inspired by phosphate mining in the Bone Valley of SW Florida, and its impact on the Peace River Watershed. Contrasting a mine against an unadulterated Florida wetland, thread drawings of flora and fauna will be layered within, highlighting the disparities of the landscape and the vulnerability of wetlands. Alisha’s artwork seeks to share respect for labor and making, representing the harsh conditions in the Appalachian mine fields where her father worked.
Hye Shin – Shin’s Embrace the Hope large sculptural installation expresses balancing the joys of motherhood with a deep appreciation of the sacrifices necessary for nurturing life. Featured in Galleries 1 & 3 and throughout the grounds of A&H’s Maitland Art Center, Shin’s work will acknowledge an inspired connection to nature.
Carrie Sieh – Sieh is a mixed media artist based in Miami, whose mediums include painting, fiber, photography, and repurposed materials. Her practice focuses primarily on the roles of technology, psychology, and political economy in human behavior. Diverse applications of Sieh’s work will be featured in Gallery 4.