Local fiber artists Donna Kjonaas and Vicki Kessler open a new six-week exhibit entitled “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” at West Acres Shopping Center.
The exhibit features more than eighteen pieces of fiber art throughout the Buffalo Court. Kjonaas and Kessler imagine the experience of change by examining both the language and process of deconstruction and reconstruction using various types of materials.
Through the exhibit and interactive events, the artists invite viewers to make connections between what is coming apart and what is emerging.
At the center of the exhibit are six figurative, fiber installation sculptures. Three float from the ceiling, and there is also a clear compost container that features a process of fiber deconstruction. The items in the compost bin will deconstruct through August 5th. On that date, and as part of a public interactive event, the artists will discuss their process and remove the material. The material will be taken to their studio to be cleaned, and then be returned to display at West Acres.
Adjacent to the main display, a large glass display case contains materials that the artists use in their compositions. This includes pattern paper, cloth fragments and remnants, common household linens, threads, beads, metal and wood. Much of the material has been subjected to processes that enhance texture, line, color and background complexity. Much of the fiber has been “deconstructed”; i.e, discharged, composted, rusted, dyed, painted and printed.
The third viewing area includes a heart series and a twenty piece collection titled “Related.” Additional pieces were selected from the recent Land, Sky, Water exhibition which toured nine galleries in North Dakota in 2014-2015 under the auspices of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association.
July 14- Exhibit Tour with the artists 7 p.m.
July 21- Interactive Workshop with public. Join the artists and participate in activities of “taking apart and putting together” as a deconstruction/reconstruction event. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
July 27- Artists in studio. 11a.m. – 1 p.m.
August 5- Compost Reveal with public interaction. 11 a.m.
August 5- Artists in studio. 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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