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  • Dates:
    Aug 28, 2014- Dec 28, 2014
  • Hours:
    12-5pm daily
  • Opening Reception:
    Thurs Sept 11, 2014 | 7-10pm
  • Venue:
    3rd & 4th Floor Gallery

Hard Twist 9 – Fibre Optics

This exhibition of textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth – as obliquely as in a digital image of a hand-dyed, hand-woven piece or as directly as a hand-knit QR code connecting us to video of the sheep whose wool is integral to the piece.

For this ninth edition of the Gladstone’s hallmark textile art show, artists were asked to submit work that is formed by, illustrates, uses or otherwise relates to the combination of textiles and digital technology. Or vice-versa! The result has been a stunning array of works that push the boundaries of this medium and invite the viewer to delight in new modes of making.

Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell

Participating Artists: Manca Ahlin, Munira Amin, Alexia Bilyk, Victoria Carley, Nancy Cole, Martina Edmondson, Ko Park, Jane Ellerington, Libs Elliott, Hannah Epstein, Sofia Escobar, Allison Green, Miriam Grenville, Greta Grip, Philip Hare, Meghan MacDonald, Nicole Malbeuf, Ashlee Marcus, Madeleine McNeely, Wendy Nichol, Amy Rogers & Superplat (Isabelle Campeau and Claudie Dussault)

Jury Members: Helena Frei, Meghan MacDonald, Chris Mitchell, Theresa Van Groll & Britt Welter-Nolan

Hard Twist 8: 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 ManaloMarianne BurlewDeborah Margo Calica Studio,  Colleen McCartenCandace Couse, Kate McGrannMarie Pierre Daigle, Joyce Melander-DaytonMarie De Sousa, Shawna  MunroAnne Devitt, Lois  SchklarMiriam Grenville, Joanna  Schleimer, Philip Hare, Silky ShoemakerAlexa HatanakaSKETCH, Lydia Haywood-Munn, David WoodwardFiona Kirkwood, Tonya Corkey, Noah Gano

 

Hard Twist 7

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 thatcelebrates 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

Hard Twist 7 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