Monday, April 12, 2010

Color Improvisations to Open in Germany



Forest Floor - detail


This summer I will be heading to Stuttgart Germany for the opening of Color Improvisations.

This exhibition was conceived and curated by world renowned artists Nancy Crow and features work from 26 artists from around the world who were invited to submit pieces for consideration. The grand opening of the exhibition is July 11 at the Haus der Wirtschaft and will be on view July 15 - August 15. The show will be touring around Europe, Japan and the United States.

The work for this show was created around the theme of Color and generally I do not participate in shows which require that I make work specifically for a theme or set of guidelines so this was a unique experience for me. Color is and has been a very important part of my work and I know that Nancy does whatever she does with great integrity and style so there was no way I wouldn't get involved. From the work submitted, Nancy has selected 54 large works. I believe ALL of the pieces are 6 feet square or much larger.

We have been asked not to publish images of work that has been selected for the exhibit but you can see details of some of the work at the website: Color Improvisations. From that page you can choose the english or german version. Be sure and look at both as there are different details of work on the two. The detail pictured above is from one of one of my three pieces in the show and is featured on the first page of the english version.

Basically, I spent part of 2009 and 2010 working on pieces for the show as did many of the participants. I eventually made 7, finished 6, submitted 4 and had 3 accepted. Since I can't show you what was accepted, here is one I made that I didn't submit.





The MysteriouAlign Centers Stranger
88" h x 84" w - 2009

This piece was made for the show but not submitted because I did not have all the details of the show at the time I started it and it didn't fit some of the criteria. No matter. I love the piece and it gives you some idea of what I will have in the show.

There is going to be a catalog and a European magazine Patchwork is publishing a special edition dedicated to the show. As we move forward I'm sure the website will be updated with additional information about the show and the travel schedule. I will certainly be posting an article after my trip.

Thank you for dropping by and please come again. Your comments are always welcome.



17 comments:

  1. I have been following your blog for a while, but have not commented yet. I love your work! I am drawn to your use of color and your abstract designs. Other artists do these things well too, but what I really like about your work is the stitching. The stitching, for me, sets your work apart from others.

    Thank you for sharing! Without the internet I would have no way of seeing your work, so I appreciate that you take the time to post blog entries.

    Hope you have a good time in Germany! Stuttgart is a very nice city!

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  2. Love, love, love this one! It just looks very happy... :-) I'll be looking forward to seeing your pieces that are in the exhibit.

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  3. This is a marvelous piece! Congratulations on such a high honor.

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  4. I love the detail shots of your submissions. Each one is a little jewel box study of color interaction. Thanks for letting us have a peak. And also a glimpse into the time spent on making work for this exhibit. Wow. A big investment. Congratulations on havin 3 pieces into this prestigious show, Terry.

    PS. I like your new glasses. ;-)

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  5. Thanks to each of you. It is an investment in doing what I love so that isn't so hard. I am delighted to be in the show and can't wait to see the other pieces.....they will all be new to me just as to anyone else who might visit the show.

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  6. What a stunning quilt! I love your work.. Wish I could see that show. Perhaps when it hits us soil...
    Your lovely work makes me work a little bit harder... ;-)
    three pieces in a show with Nancy, does it get any better? congratulations!

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  7. It is special and I plan to savor the event. Thank you for commenting and for your wonderful support.

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  8. Congratulations on being included in such a special exhibit! It is totally deserved - you do scrumptious, rich work. I hope we get to see the exhibit on this side of the pond...

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  9. Wow!! Your work is outstanding!

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  10. Terry, holy cow, I'm completely flattened, how wonderful. Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you, what a tremendous accomplishment! I wish I could give you a huge hug right now, but instead I will just say that I am in awe.

    <3

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  11. Thanks guys! It is very exciting and I can't wait to see the show. The gallery where this will be held is HUGE and impressive. The work will look wonderful there. I appreciate your wonderful support.

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  12. Good for you, Terry. It sounds like a fabulous opportunity to show and to travel to see your own work in a very different venue!

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  13. Yes, I am very excited. I understand that a majority of the artists in the show will be attending the opening so that in itself is exciting as I have not met many of them.

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  14. And for this event - I do not need to travel far, hooray! Stuttgart is my hometown, and of course, I'll try to attend the opening. The gallery will be full of excitement, that's a "once-in-a-lifetime" esperience, at least for me ;-)) Guess you'll like it over here, Stuttgart is a nice town, and you MUST try the Swabian Cuisine! Looking forward to see your quilts in reality and maybe even some of the artists! Thanks for sharing,
    Frauke (Stuttgart, Germany)

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  15. Thank you so much! We are very excited and I look forward to meeting you. Nancy brags on how wonderful it is to teach in Germany and what great students she has there. Thank you for commenting.

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  16. Just a beautiful quilt...so much energy. I love it. It would look lovely hanging on my wall. Congrats.

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  17. Thank you ! Can't wait to see this show.

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