Des Moines Art Center

June 1 – September 8, 2019 

Anna K. Meredith Gallery / Upper and Lower I. M. Pei building  

 

Queer Abstraction will be the first exhibition in the Des Moines Art Center’s 70-year history to focus exclusively on queer sexuality and gender identity. It marks a substantial shift in the Art Center’s programming by purposely including queer voices that have largely been left out of art history. Furthermore, it is the first museum exhibition in the U.S. to focus on this subject matter. Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma is organizing the exhibition. 

 

For more than a century, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists have turned to the language of abstraction to illustrate diverse facets of sexuality and gender. In response to specific struggles — such as the criminalization of homosexuality, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS crisis —queer artists have embraced abstraction to communicate their unauthorized desires and identities through an accepted mode of art. Marsden Hartley’s modernist portrait of his fallen lover, Louise Fishman’s queer feminist canvases, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ tender, conceptual works are but a few examples. Currently, abstract art that embodies this mode of expression has gained the moniker “Queer Abstraction,” and has become a growing aesthetic force during the present, unsettling era. This exhibition unites contemporary artists who utilize the amorphous possibilities of abstraction to convey what it means to exist on the margins. 

 

Installed in the Art Center’s Anna K. Meredith Gallery will be a large-scale canvas by Mark Bradford, a suite of paintings and drawings by Edie Fake, tapestries by John Paul Morabito, and table-top sculptures by Sheila Pepe. Critical works by Math Bass, Elijah Burgher, Mark Joshua Epstein, Harmony Hammond, Nicholas Hlobo, Carrie Moyer, Prem Sahib, and Jade Yumang will also be included. Featured in the Art Center’s brutalist I. M. Pei wing will be an immersive installation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ beaded curtain “Untitled” (Water) — spanning a total of 114 ft. — partially surrounding Tom Burr’s significant sculpture Deep Purple, which extends beyond a section of the building’s glass windows and travels over the reflecting pool. Situated in the Pei wing’s lower level will be two of Jonathan VanDyke’s freestanding “net” paintings, which both disrupt and parallel the building’s architecture.   

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction and artist entries by Jared Ledesma, and an essay by David Getsy, the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Getsy is the author of Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (2015), and the editor of Queer (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series, 2016). 

 

Queer Abstraction will travel to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, opening on November 21, 2019, and closing on March 8, 2020.

Society of Arts and Crafts

April 25 - June 30, 2019

Curated by Izzy Berdan and Dave J. Bermingham

 

 

As trans and queer crafters, artists, and people, we are tasked yearly to draw forth into the public sphere and sound-aloud the celebratory pride-fullness of our community. This annual Pride Month may be embraced by some as a means of release, hedonism, and validation, but for many queer, trans, and non-binary persons, it is an opportunity to question notions of queerness, community, sexuality, and our place within the public and private realms of our respective societies.

PRIED celebrates and recognizes the individuals who create works that may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person, just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity. This exhibition highlights the hands, minds, and voices of LGBTQI+ artists in the greater Boston area and beyond, while also challenging the viewers and craft connoisseurs who seek it out. If one pries the closet doors open, are they willing to come to terms with all of the skeletons...and maybe the glitter?

Pretty Queer

Contemporary Art Toledo

PRETTY QUEER
June 15 - August 5, 2018

Colton Clifford
Sarah Fischer
Robert Fitzgerald
Troy Hoffman
John Paul Morabito
Stephen Owczarzak
Rowan Renee
Zachariah Szabo
David Wojnarowicz

Contemporary Art Toledo is honored to present Pretty Queer, an exhibition of works created by nine artists who actively explore issues of identity, politics, history, and kitsch.  Through thoughtful marks, materials, color, and form, these artists interrogate, and challenge cisheteronormative perspectives of contemporary life.  

Pretty Queer recognizes the important role and space that queer individuals inhabit in our culture while also offering a platform for artists to engage the public. 


This exhibition coincides with national Pride Month, an annual celebration marking the Stonewall riots of 1969, a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the United States

DOCUMENT | Booth 857

September 13 -  September 17, 2017

Chicago, IL

Casati Gallery

June 13 -  June 18, 2017

Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland

Skyline Design

Committed to enhancing its collection of original works by notable artists, Skyline Design expands the Digital Glass Portfolio to include a new series by artists Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito. Through digital interfaces the artists bring weaving and photography into dialogue. In the Telephone Game series, Letinksy's photo collages are abstracted and woven by Morabito into tapestries. The result offers a visual compression of time and events that evoke familiar reveries and temporality, underlined by a tension between deterioration and splendor. Now translated into glass, the images are brilliant in color and texture, and saturated with a quiet nostalgia. As glass, the materiality of thread is frozen once again, exposing the mechanics of an iterative process that allows the narrative to evolve organically on multiple scales. The medium of glass lends itself to retaining the sumptuous pigment, shape, and sense of scale evident in Letinsky and Morabito's collaboration of five images: Ebb, Burgeon, Bourne, Unbound, and Immure. 

The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design

June 2 - September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: June 2nd 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Curator's Talk 7:30

90% of weaving happens before thread ever touches the loom. Indeed, the accumulation of warp over weft is only one of many actions, including drafting/design, winding, measuring, looping, counting, dyeing, knotting, setting tension, and others. These actions formed the inspiration and starting point for this exhibition.

Tie Up, Draw Down explores weaving as a source for experimentation across media, genres, concept and scale. Of the fourteen contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many hybridize weaving technologies, weave “the wrong way,” or adapt and innovate weaving processes to encompass new media. Others do not weave at all, but find a rich avenue of inquiry within aspects or stages of weaving’s complex field.

Artists include: Polly ApfelbaumJoell BaxterJen BervinFrancesca CaponeLiz CollinsMarianne FairbanksDel Harrow,Sheila HicksLoVidJohn Paul MorabitoDanielle MysliwiecMeghan PriceMolly SmithLaurel Sparks, and Margo Wolowiec.

Tie Up, Draw Down is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Natalie Campbell and Carissa Carman and organized by CCCD.

The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Additional support for Benchspace programming provided by Sara and Bill Morgan.

Praxis Fiber Workshop

March 3 - April 29, 2017

Opening Reception: March 3rd 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

Naomi Clark, Eliza Fernand, Karolina Gnatowski, John Paul Morabito

DOCUMENT | Booth B14

February 9 -  February 12, 2017

EXPO Reforma, Mexico City

DOCUMENT

January 7 -  February 18, 2017

DOCUMENT is pleased to present orchidsgladiolascowsdaffodilscandywrappersyelloworangebloodredroses&shit,
Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito’s first exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will open on January 7 with a reception from 5pm to 8pm, and will continue through February 18, 2017. 

Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito have been collaborating since 2013’s Stain Napkins project. Together, the artists explore the relationships between photography and weaving, using digital interfaces to bring these two material outputs into direct communication. 

This exhibit inaugurates the gallery's new space at 1709 W Chicago ave

DOCUMENT | Booth 905

September 22 -  25, 2016

AT EXPO CHICAGO 2016, DOCUMENT  is pleased to present recent collaborative works between photographer Laura Letinsky and interdisciplinary artist John Paul Morabito.

Laura Letinsky  and John Paul Morabito  have been collaborating since 2013’s Stain Napkins project . Together, the artists explore the relationships between photography and weaving, using digital interfaces to bring these two material outputs into direct communication. At EXPO, DOCUMENT will feature new abstract tapestries from the Telephone Game  series built out of Letinsky’s digital photographic collages, which were hand woven and abstracted by Morabito.

PLUG Projects

June 17 - August 6, 2016

Opening Reception: June 17th 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

trans_late: Midori Harima, Laura Letinsky, Nick Marshall, Melaney Ann Mitchell, John Paul Morabito, Zach Nader, and Jered Sprecher

The artists in trans_late redefine the ceaseless onslaught of information that confronts the contemporary human experience intodistilled visual representations. Each artist introduces mediated visual forms that shift away from expected content through disruptions. These take the form of photographs, paintings, drawings, weavings, and sculpture.

Included in the exhibition, Jered Sprecher uses fragmented sources to create still visuals that depict incomplete momentsin flux. Melaney Ann Mitchell also strives to mediate the influx of imagery in our daily lives by turning our attention to how Internet culture is shaping our identities. She creates meticulous IRL drawings as a critical act while also creating anongoing record of desire and indulgence. Midori Harima’s work also considers attraction and repulsion through theallocation of material. She invites the viewer to redefine constructs of value by representing garbage as fine art objectsand elevating their placement in space. 

Nick Marshall recontextualizes found analog snapshots in fields of digital color to lay bare their material histories while atthe same time exposing them as objects of longing. Further investigating methods of perception, Zach Nader destabilizesappropriated photographic imagery through extreme digital experiments. The decontextualization of these found imagesthrough technologies of image manipulation reveal new aesthetic potentials. Nader and Marshall’s interventions requirethe viewer to acknowledge and question observations.

Referencing a visual game of telephone, collaborators John Paul Morabito and Laura Letinsky’s work abstracts photographicimages of trampled flowers through the fabrication of a tangled wool tapestry. John Paul Morabito’s solo work digitizesthe act of touching with an exchange on the loom - moving from the hand to the digital and back to the hand. The workscelebrate rupture within image when depicted through a haptic material translation.

The works in trans_late disregard boundaries of image, material, medium, and time. Transgressing within and betweenanalog and digital worlds, the featured works provide us with something beautiful and imperfect. Something that, throughit’s fragmentary reality, turns the question back to the viewer.

Terms of Use: Reproducing the Photographic Image

Glass Curtain Gallery

Curated by Aron Gent

February 25 - April 16, 2016

Opening Reception: February 25th 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

 

When artists working primarily with the photographic image exhaust the route of traditional print techniques, they turn to digital, unorthodox and commercial print applications as tools to make gestures in the studio. Printing works directly onto fabrics, matte board, metal and transparencies was once seen as standard practice for commercial street advertisements and store displays, but now functions as a commonplace technique among contemporary artists. Some artists in Terms of Use adopt these approaches, stripping them of their once singular use and repurpose them to critique today’s visual culture, while others employ such strategies to mirror or confuse the viewer, blur the line between a commercial good and an artwork itself. They mix together digital weaving machines, homemade exposure units, document scanners and even the projection of a negative image directly on the gallery wall to respond to the heavily saturated visual world we interact with everyday.

 

The artists in this exhibition find themselves spending less time in the studio and more time communicating with the outside world; collaborating with commercial printers, testing application processes and seeking out the ideal material to execute their concept. The manual production of works now happens at the hands of professionals and the studio has become a place to build ideas, reflect on these choices, and share successes and failures with others. The studio, once a place of solitude and creation, now functions as a collaborative vehicle similar to one of a factory production line used to produce everyday goods.

 

An abstract and collaborative publication accompanies this exhibition, mirroring the thematic constructs of the show. Terms of Use (the publication) unites artists featured in the exhibition as well as several artists known internationally. The unbound format of the publication allows for its owner to edit and reconfigure the printed material in an exploration to find meaning and significance. The publication itself, functions as a parallel to the studio practice, never finished, a format for visual experiments to be tested, and critiques to be made.

 

Participating artists: Chris Bradley, Sterling Lawrence, Jason Lazarus, Laura Letinsky, John Paul Morabito, Erin Jane Nelson, B. Ingrid Olson, John Opera, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Rusty Shackleford, John Sparagana

Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance

DORSKY GALLERY | Curatorial Programs

Curated by Rebecca Pristoop
 

January 17 - March 27, 2016 

Opening Reception: January 17th 2:00 - 5:00 PM.

A color brochure with an essay by the curator has been published to accompany the exhibition.

 

Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance exhibits artworks created as a result of formal investigations into the materials and methods historically affiliated with craft. Artists included in this exhibition - Alexandra Ben-Abba, Alyssa Casey, Colby Claycomb, Crystal Gregory, Elana Herzog, Joan Lurie, Michael Milano, John Paul Morabito, Armita Raafat, and Cheryl Ann Thomas - are those whose intense study of traditional means for producing functional objects, or whose extended relationship with such objects and ornamentation, has led them to a place of intimate inquiry into their chosen materials. The pieces presented—some built up through accumulation, others broken down to reveal or defy underlying construction—manifest as non-objective visualizations of the inherent materiality of each object. Including glass, wood, clay, paper, yarn, cloth, thread, metal, and mirror, the works in this exhibition transcend the form and function of their craft pedigree through a devotion to, and destruction of, inherited techniques.

Moving beyond the functional, each work in this exhibition takes shape as an abstract investigation into craft practices. Through prolonged relationships with material and process, the artists in Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance make visible the physicality of de/construction and the visceral effects of their actions. Through their work, they also carve a space for the re/consideration of the socio-historical constructs of traditional craft production.

 

Related Programing:

 

Material/Gender/Labor | A Panel Discussion

Moderated by Shannon Stratton with presentations by Crystal Gregory, Michael Milano, and John Paul Morabito

Sunday, February 28th, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

 

The panel discussion will focus on the gendered associations enmeshed within materials and craft practices. In conversation with Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, the artists will discuss their work in relation to the historical continuum that has assigned gender and meaning to their chosen materials and form of labor. The artists will consider the changing gender roles associated with fiber arts as its locus shifted from the handmade to the industrial, and describe their own reasons for engaging with these practices and materials. 

Available at Artware Editions

Stain, is a set of napkins woven with 8 different spill patterns that, with use, will develop an ongoing patina. Stain rejects utopic notions of whiteness, and embraces smears and dabs both for their beauty and as evidence of a life well lived.

 

Special thanks to the Rennaissaince Society and our other generous supporters.

Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusettes College of Art and Design

Curated by Lisa Tung, Director of Curatorial Programs.

September 28 - December 5, 2015

 

Güler Ates 
Michael Bühler­-Rose 
Edward Burtynsky 
Neha Choksi 
Tara Kelton 
Karen Knorr 
Laura Letinsky & John Paul Morabito
Laura McPhee 
Khush Nubian 
Fazal Sheikh 
Gregory Thielker 
Corinne Vionnet

 

The Indian story of the blind men and the elephant tells of earnest, observant individuals trying to describe something. Each of them probes one part of an elephant and gives his description. The result is a wildly diverse range of properties from the ear to the legs, tail, and tusk. All are true yet they hardly coalesce and often conflict. This is an apt parable for those documenting and drawing inspiration from India, a country that has long been a subject for artists, writers, and scholars fascinated by the nation's colors, complexities, and contrasts. It is ancient and modern, agrarian and industrial, connected and self-contained. Seeing the Elephant features international contemporary artists whose work explores a wide range of topics facing India today. The structure of the exhibition is to approach the region from within and without, from positions of intimacy and expertise as well as from a more aesthetic distance.

Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf

Metiér et du Merité

Curated by Lalie Douglas and Barbara Wisnoski

June 20, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Opening Reception: June 21st

 

Metiér et du Merité brings together a roster of 23 international artists presenting installations in historic spaces throughout Deschamnault-Grodines and Saint-Raymond in Quebec. For the first time in 2015, the Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf will be hosting 8 artists in residence to promote and exchange between Quebecois, Canadian, and International artist. Performances and working installations will take place from June 8th - June 20th. 

 

Heloise Audy (Quebec), Carole Baillargeon (Quebec), Emily Barletta (USA), Valérie Bédard (Quebec), Ivana Brenner (Argentina), Kai Chan (Canada), Collectif M et M (Quebec), Deborah Dunn (Quebec), Karilee Fuglem (Quebec), Wannes Goetchalckx (Belgium), Émilie Grenier (Quebec), Ni Haifeng (Netherlands), Fiona Kinsella (Canada), Nathalie Lavoie (Quebec), Nancy Anne McPhee (Canada), John Paul Morabito (USA), Susana Mejia (Colombia), Mitch Mitchell (Quebec), Meghan Price (Canada), La Société des Archives Affectives (Quebec), Mariane Tremblay (Quebec)

TOWARD TEXTILES | Material Fix

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Curated by Alison Ferris and Karen Patterson

March 14, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Opening Reception: March 13th  6 - 9 PM

 

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Curated by Alison Ferris, Co-curator Karen Patterson

 

Bringing together a wide range of artists who create fiber-based work, Material Fix explores the ways this medium contributes to larger dialogues in contemporary art. Central to the exhibitions conceptual focus is a contemplation of fiber's unique material specificity and the ways contemporary fiber-based artists join process with current theoretical and aesthetic concerns. Together, the works in Material Fix concurrently highlight and underscore the continued relevancy of craft. 

 

Included in the exhibition are works by Polly Apfelbaum (NY), Jen Bervin (NY), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), Sonya Clark (VA), Dave Cole (RI), Jim Drain (FL) Josh Faught (CA), Susie Ganch (VA), David R. Harper (WI), Jesse Harrod (PA), Elana Herzog (NY), Amy Honchel (IL), Yuni Kim Lang (MI), Christy Matson (CA), Cat Mazza (NY), John Paul Morabito (IL), Seila Pepe (NY), Piper Shepard (MD), Alyson Shotz (NY), Deborah Valoma (CA), Katarina Weslien (ME), and Anne Wilson (IL).

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