Press release from UNC Asheville:
Interweaving, a new exhibition focusing on the common experience of the issues of 2020 using both digital and traditional fabrication methods, will open at noon on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville. The exhibition will be on view in-person (pre-registration required online or in-person) through the end of the year. A video depicting the exhibition, with release timed with the exhibition opening, will be part of UNC Asheville’s week of Art For Our Times activities and the video will be available at artforourtimes.wp.unca.edu.
Susan Reiser and Courtney Starrett, faculty members of UNC Asheville and Texas A&M University respectively, will present their works and works by their students in the Interweaving exhibition. The Center for Craft’s John Cram Partner Gallery will host the exhibition – the first in the gallery since the recent death of John Cram, a leader in revitalizing Asheville’s art, cultural and commercial life.
“Interweaving depicts the intersection of time and identity. The exhibited works are focused on our common experience of the issues of 2020 – Covid-19, racism, gender, and the 2020 election – scaffolded by our interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Reiser, creative co-founder of UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio and senior advisor to the provost. “These works are realized through both digital and traditional fabrication methods and consist of data materializations and sculptural works by students and faculty from two classes at different universities: Form, Installation, and Environment, an M.S./MFA course in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University and Creative Fabrication: Art Meets Engineering, an elective course in UNC Asheville’s Mechatronics Program.” Starrett is associate professor in the Department of Visualization in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.
Reiser and Starrett have collaborated on merging digital, fabrication and creative processes for many years – they are co-authors (with Tom Pacio of Vassar College) of Data Materialization: A Hybrid Process of Crafting a Teapot, published in 2018 in Leonardo, an international peer-reviewed journal from MIT Press.
The exhibition will include works by UNC Asheville students Russell Arndt, Tate Folds, Nicholas Grandstaff, Julia McAnulty, Trysten Ruhland, and John Sauvigne. Texas A&M University exhibiting students are Garvin Beltz, Emily Bujnoch, Ryan Farrell, Matthew Hurley, Sophie Lee, YuanChi Lee, and Erli Ling.
The Center for Craft’s galleries at 67 Broadway St. in Asheville are open from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and pre-registration is available to schedule a visit. Face coverings are required and admission is open to only five people at a time as part of COVID-safety protocols. For more information, visit centerforcraft.org/visit.
For more information about UNC Asheville’s Mechatronics Program, visit engineering.unca.edu, and to learn more about the University’s STEAM Studio, visit steamstudio.unca.edu.