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MICA Mounts Warren Seelig Retrospective

'Warren Seelig: Textile per se' featured in American Craft, FiberArts and Surface Design Journal, among others

Posted 10.26.09 by MICA Media Relations

The idea of a textile is for me a phenomenon [that] has its source in the magic I experienced when weaving my first length of cloth 

Warren Seelig, Shadowfield/Colored Light [detail]

BALTIMORE--MICA presents Warren Seelig: Textile per se, a retrospective of work by Rockland, Maine-based fiber artist Warren Seelig. The exhibition was featured Friday, Dec. 4, 2009-Sunday, March 14, 2010 in the Meyerhoff and Decker galleries of Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., and Leidy Atrium of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. A reception took place Friday, Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m.

 


 

 

 

Seelig, who taught an interdisciplinary drawing course at the College during the fall semester, has insisted on continuously defining and redefining the qualities that are unique to textile and especially to a kind of abstraction rooted in repetitive processes.

The retrospective features selections from the fiber artist’s three main bodies of work. These include handwoven and manipulated wall mounted works of the 1970s and early ’80s and the skeletal/skin “spoke and wheel” sculptures from the ’80s and ’90s. MICA will also reveal Seelig’s most recent series of works that examine matter and light, Shadowfields.

“The idea of a textile is for me a phenomenon [that] has its source in the magic I experienced when weaving my first length of cloth,” Seelig said. “Through the accumulation of thousands of intersecting threads, I observed the growth of an energy field, which for me was organic and alive, where its true life was not represented on the surface of the cloth, but hidden within. That early experience of constructing a textile has informed my work in many ways, including the more recent Shadowfields.”

In addition to transforming MICA's galleries with Seelig's idiosyncratic hybrid forms, the exhibition includes the artist's preparatory works - models, samples and sketches - to provide a glimpse into his working process. It also features works produced by ceramics, fiber, interdisciplinary sculpture and general fine arts majors in Seelig's class.

"This is the first opportunity to acknowledge and examine Seelig's major contributions in defining the field of fiber in one space," says Susie Brandt, chair of MICA's fiber department and curator of the exhibition. "As well, it is equally satisfying to finally see such a large part of his oeuvre."

Warren Seelig: Textile per se is made possible in part by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, University of the Arts, The Marlin Miller, Jr. Family Foundation, the Friends of Fiber Art International and generous individual supporters. MICA's exhibitions and public programs receive generous support from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Special Programs Endowment, Amalie Rothschild '34 Residency Programs Endowment, The Rouse Company Endowment, Richard Kalter Endowment, Maryland State Arts Council and the generous contributors to MICA's Annual Fund.

Image caption: Warren Seelig, Shadowfield/Colored Light [detail], stainless steel and florescent plexiglass, 2007.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.


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Exhibition Essay

Light and Shadow: Warp and Weft by Margo Mensing

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING:

Warren Seelig interacts with Decker Library

Ongoing
Decker Library of Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
During the exhibition, MICA's Decker Library will feature a collection of Warren Seelig's writings as well as selections from his extensive list of recommended reading lists to allow students and visitors to further explore the artist's ongoing relationship between research, writing and studio practice. Seelig's own textile mill books and fabric sample books will also be on display.

Artist's talk

RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, March 9, 6 p.m.
Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Exhibition artist Warren Seelig discusses his work process and decades-long career in an artist’s talk. Afterward, the College will celebrate the launch of the exhibition catalogue, Warren Seelig: Textile per se, at 7 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building, where the catalogue will be available for sale and signing by the artist. Refreshments during the signing will be offered by the exhibitions department.

Screening of Handmade Nation and talk by Faythe Levine

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA hosts Faythe Levine, co-author of Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design, to
present a free screening of the 2009 documentary film of the same name and discuss the contemporary craft movement with the audience. Dubbed "the ambassador of handmade" by the New York Times, Levine in 2004 founded Art vs. Craft, Milwaukee's independent craft fair. She is co-owner and curator of Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery in Milwaukee.

About the film: In 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 artists and designers to capture the virtually tight-knit community that exists through Web sites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artists' studios and homes of the featured makers.

For a sneak peek of Handmade Nation, visit the Web site.