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Hard Twist 8 ~ This is Personal – Jan 23-April 27, 2014

  • Dates:
    Thurs Jan 23, 2014- Sun April 27, 2014
  • Hours:
    12-5pm daily
  • Opening Reception:
    Thurs Jan 23, 2014 | 7-10pm
  • Venue:
    3rd & 4th Floor Gallery

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Hard Twist 2014 – This is Personal

The Gladstone Hotel’s 8th Annual Juried Textile and Fibre Arts Exhibition

Hard Twist 8: This is Personal showcases works exploring the nuances, complexities and politics of that which is individual, private and intimate.

Cloth is personal. Cloth speaks of the person cocooned in successive layers of textile that communicate who they are, that tell of their dreams and aspirations. And occasionally betray their secrets.

Radiating out from underwear – intensely personal, usually hidden, and sometimes surprising – through the various layers that signal origins, social position, hopes, fears, sexuality and aspirations, Hard Twist 8 – This Is Personal encompasses the gamut of the human with signals wrapped in cloth.

The opening weekend of Hard Twist 8 – This is Personal will coincide with the Gladstone Hotel’s 11th annual alternative design event, Come Up To My Room!

Hard Twist, an annual juried show of work that celebrates the intimate, layered and complex relationship between people and textile, has become an important annual event within the Canadian fibre art community and a signature event for the Gladstone since 2006.

Participants range from established artists with impressive track records to students in the process of refining their focus. The works are tiny and huge, straightforward and complex, representational and abstract, and speak of things as disparate as biblical lyrics, global warming and the fate of dryer lint.

Each year, co-curators Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell weave this wild diversity into a rich and complex tapestry inhabited by a powerful sense of human creativity.

Hard Twist 8 Jurors:

Tonya Corkey – Toronto artist, Hard Twist alumni and recent graduate of OCAD University Drawing and Painting.

Chung-Im Kim – Textile artist and Associate Professor at OCAD University

Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell – Hard Twist curators

Roxane Shaughnessy – Collections Manager/Curator at the Textile Museum of Canada

2014 Participants:

Susan Avishai                       Dana Kletke
Amy Bagshaw                      Valerie Knapp
Elaine Beetison                    Deborah Koenker
Jillian Booth                         Meghan Macdonald
Vicki Burns                           Tim Manalo
Marianne Burlew                  Deborah Margo
Calica Studio                        Colleen McCarten
Candace Couse                     Kate McGrann
Marie Pierre Daigle              Joyce Melander-Dayton
Marie De Sousa                    Shawna  Munro
Anne Devitt                          Lois  Schklar
Miriam Grenville                  Joanna  Schleimer
Philip Hare                           Silky Shoemaker
Alexa Hatanaka                    SKETCH
Lydia Haywood-Munn         David Woodward
Fiona Kirkwood                   Tonya Corkey
Noah Gano

 

2012 Curatorial Statement:

This year’s Hard Twist offers the opportunity to get in touch with your inner textile aficionado – to knit your brows over the lint portraits, attempt to unravel the meaning of the stockinette-stitch QR codes, get tied up with a game of cat’s cradle or wound up over whether the embroidery that’s giving you the finger is a political statement or a personal insult. But whatever you do, however you feel, you must try the bee beard!

Hard Twist, an annual juried show of work that celebrates the intimate, layered and complex relationship between people and textile, has become an important annual event within the Canadian fibre art community and a signature event for the Gladstone since 2006.

Participants range from established artists with impressive track records to students in the process of refining their focus. The works are tiny and huge, straightforward and complex, representational and abstract, and speak of things as disparate as biblical lyrics, global warming and the fate of dryer lint.

Each year, co-curators Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell weave this wild diversity into a rich and complex tapestry inhabited by a powerful sense of human creativity.

2012 PARTICIPANTS:

Wendyth Anderson Breedvel, Lou Anne Bazuin Sybenga, Michelle Bialy, Jolie Bird, Danielle Bleackley, Kaili Brown, Marianne Burlew, Maggie Butterfield Dickinson, Gillian Collyer, Emily Comeau, Tonya Corkey, Anne Devitt, Fei Disbrow Amy George, Greta Grip, Maggie Lee Hallam, Philip Hare, Jillian MacLachlan, Kate Murphy, Lauren Osmond, Janet Piper Jones, Eliza Plumley, Marcy Sperry, Keiley Stewart, Laura Taler, Andrea Vander Kooij, Anna Wieselgren

2012 JURORS:

Gareth Bate – Toronto artist and curator of the World of Threads Festival

Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell – Hard Twist curators

Miriam Grenville – Toronto artist and creative director at Grenville Design

Rachel Machenry – Toronto-based textile designer and design educator

CURATORS:

Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell

Hard Twist 7 – Touch Me, Feel Me is pleased to partner with the 2012 World of Threads Festival.

Oakville: Nov. 2 – 18, 2012
Toronto: Nov. 9 – Dec. 2, 2012
worldofthreadsfestival.com