Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
by John Chaich and Todd Oldham
Ammo Books, 2017
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community spotlights an international, intergenerational, intersectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions, such as crochet, embroidery, quilting, and sewing, while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight.
Designed by Todd Oldham and edited by John Chaich, this 192-page, hardcover, 8 x 10-inch book features full-color spreads of each artist's work, along with intimate details of selections and artist studios, as well as an introductory essay by Chaich, who curated the exhibition of the same name that inspired this book.
To further examine how queerness informs their work in fiber and textiles, or vice versa, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more—many members of the LGBTQ community themselves, and otherwise passionate allies.
Smart yet playful, critical yet celebratory, the resulting dialogues are as colorful, challenging, personal, and universal as the works discussed and talents showcased.
Queer Threads is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.
Creative Labor, SOMArts
Opening Reception: June 5, 1–4:30pm
Exhibition dates: June 5 – 24, 2016
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 7pm; Sat 11 – 5pm
I have created an immersive installation Inner Space featured at SOMArts. The exhibition Creative Labor focuses on the use of traditional craft techniques in non-traditional ways, new media work that uses code and image processing to weave narrative and experimental structures across platforms, and the idea of the Craft, Maker, and Pop-Up marketplaces as alternative models for economic and aesthetic transactions.
ISO (In Search Of) Queer Gods, Root Division
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Jun 8, 2016 to Jun 25, 2016
1131 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery Hours (or by appointment): Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm
Small Art Book Fair & Zine Release Party
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4-8 PM
This show features 16 contemporary queer artists whose work mines historical religious iconography and responds to diverse representations of homosexual, transgender and non-binary content that has been preserved through the mythology of world religion. The historical precedence that each artist has unearthed affirms the presence of queerness in cultural and spiritual storytelling, long before clinical terms were used as divisive and discriminatory categories. The works featured in this exhibition are history lessons, personal explorations, and queer utopian divinations.
Accompanied by an inclusive artist zine, queerer: the gods sure are queer volume 2, this exhibition and publication offer the opportunity to look back and examine the preservation (and erasures) of queer representation through artifact and mythology, and to look forward to how these histories might manifest visually and conceptually in contemporary queer experience.
Opening reception: Thurs, Jan 22, 6-8pm
Dec 19, 2014–Apr 11, 2015
Kala Off-Site Exhibitions
Berkeley Central Arts Passage
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
Featuring work by: Terry Berlier, Angela Hennessy, Masako Miki, Stephanie Robison, Angie Wilson
A Pattern Language: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson, and Lena Wolff
CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions
June 20 - August 2, 2014
Artist reception: Friday, June 20, 7- 9 pm
3191 Mission Street, San Francisco
Angie Wilson: UnderEmployed
City College Art Gallery
City College of San Francisco
January 9 - February 12, 2014
Reception: January 22, 5 - 7pm
Visual Arts Building, v119,
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Monday/Wednesday 2 to 5pm; Tuesday 10am to 1:30 pm and 5:30 to 7:30pm; Thursday 9 to 11am ad 4:30 to 7:30pm
June 8 – June 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 7-10pm
June 1 – June 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 3-5pm
Milestones: Textiles of Transition
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
May 8 – July 21
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2pm
MFA Selections : A Salute to Bay Area Emerging Artists
February 9 to March 31 2013
di Rosa’s biennial juried MFA exhibition features artists who recently completed their Master’s of Fine Art degrees at Bay Area art schools and colleges. Selected artists Llewelynn Fletcher, Chris Fraser, Jacqueline Gordon, Camilla Newhagen, Chelsea Pegram, and Angie Wilson explore sculpture with light, sound, textiles and other unusual materials.
ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation
Opening Reception: June 1, 6pm
Exhibition runs through June 26
Tell the Truth and Run! 2011-2012 Graduate Fellow Exhibition
Headlands Center for the Arts
May 6th - June 3
Tuesday - Friday + Sunday,
Noon - 5PM
Let Your Freak Flag Fly: workshop
Sunday May 13, 1-5pm
Headlands Center for the Arts
In this workshop, participants are invited to make patchwork flags representing the state of the self: loud and proud, complicated, layered, messy or precise — whatever state you are in. Participants will fashion flags from personal clothing, found fabric, and various notions. Upon completion, the group will take as short hike atop the hill behind the Headlands and triumphantly let our freak flags fly.
RSVP to angiewilson18[at]yahoo.com by Wednesday, May 9.
Bring: old clothing (especially those favorite, decayed pieces you can’t manage to throw away), bedsheets, buttons, patches, scraps of fabric, anything that describes your freak fabric scissors (recommended), shoes you can hike in, warm clothing to wear during the workshop, clean socks (the gym is a shoe-free space).
Provided: sewing machines, glue guns, and a wide/wild assortment of materials.
No sewing experience necessary.
March 22, 2012 Marin Independent Journal
Angie Wilson’s textile artwork investigates the valuation and material production of labor.
Wearing her art ON HER SLEEVE
Headlands Center for the Arts graduate fellow explores labor in hand-knotted rugs made from discarded button-down collar shirts
By Vicki Larson
Marin Independent Journal Posted: 03/22/2012 08:20:00 AM PDT
Artist Angie Wilson uses the sleeves of worn dress shirts in place of individual threads in traditional rug weaving in her Oakland studio. Her work will be featured in ‘Indexical Makers’ at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.
ANGIE WILSON LIKES to think about clothing.
She's not some "Project Runway"-watching, Vogue-reading fashionista, however.
Clothing says a lot, not only about the person wearing it — why it's being worn, where it's being worn — but also who made it, where it was made, how it was made, what happens to it when it's no longer wearable.
For Wilson, a graduate fellow at Sausalito's Headlands Center for the Arts, the button-down dress shirt has had particularly much to say lately, especially as the country tries to rebound from a recession while millions remain out of work.
What does work mean now?
In her series "Hand Knotted," Wilson weaves the cuffs and sleeves of worn and discarded dress shirts into carpets to explore the valuation and material production of labor — handmade, factory produced and white-collar administration — as well as consumerism.
Button-down dress shirts are a uniform we don't give much thought to, she says.
"We don't really think about what it represents, but in this time of economic crisis it represents a lot about what's going on in the world," Wilson says. "With outsourcing of white- and blue-collar work, there's this vacancy, this emptiness, and with vast unemployment, that became a much larger conversation."
Her work is included in a new exhibit, "Indexical Makers: 3 Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists," at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato through April 15.
The Oakland resident learned how to hand-knot carpets, a technique not usually taught in schools, when she worked as a restorer of antique and fine-art carpets. The Persian carpet motif she used in her "Hand Knotted #1" is particularly relevant. Traditional Persian carpet designs often feature the Garden of Eden, the promise of paradise in the afterlife; using discarded clothing in her work allows Wilson to create a new life for them as well. But it also speaks to the turmoil in the Middle East.
"We appreciate the art and yet we have this tumultuous relationship with the Middle East. I'm connecting those things visually to think more about our relationship," she observes.
That rug, constructed in the densely woven Bijar style, took six months to create. "It was crazy," she says, laughing. "It took a lot of engineering and designing and just collecting all the material and putting it together was pretty laborious. That just furthers the point that I'm making about labor, too."
In all, the four rugs in the series used nearly 700 shirts, either donated or scrounged from thrift stores, yard sales and factories.
For someone who works in textiles, often considered to be "women's work," Wilson is always intrigued to see how people react to her "Hand Knotted" series.
"It's interesting to me to see how men respond to it. It's very visceral for men. Either they have a really positive association with the button-down work shirt or a really negative one," she says. "It represents for men this upward mobility or American dream, a form you have to squeeze yourself into to be successful."
Vicki Larson can be reached at email@example.com; follow her on Twitter at @OMGchronicles, fan her on Facebook at Vicki-Larson-OMG-Chronicles
The Status of Craft in Contemporary Art: Panel Discussion
Sunday April 1, 2 - 4 pm
A Panel Discussion with the 2012 MarinMOCA Emerging Artists
Moderator: Heather Murray
Indexical Makers: 3 Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
March 10 to April 15, 2012
Opening reception & artist talk: Saturday, March 10, 5pm to 7pm
Three emerging Bay Area artists at the Marin MOCA. Featuring the work of Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing, and Angie Wilson.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, will present INDEXICAL MAKERS, featuring Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing, and Angie Wilson, emerging artists whose work dynamically integrates form and content. The exhibition title, a play on the term “Indexical Marker,” refers to 2 key aspects of the work. The artwork is “indexical” in that it points to something else—it directs the viewer's attention to and often becomes a trace of another occurrence or physical object. “Makers” refers to the ways the artists employ craft-based tactics in their artistic practice. To refer to these artists as “makers” acknowledges the historical divide between the creation of so-called “fine” art, and the craft traditions of “making” objects, of “making do” with everyday materials often degraded by art institutions. Modesto Covarrubias utilizes knitting in his performance and installation pieces as a way to investigate psychological and emotional connections to physical environments. His knitting performances produce objects that serve as a trace of the actions of the performer, and his installations often engage the decor and design of a room, bringing attention to aspects of the space otherwise unnoticed by the viewer. Ali Naschke-Messing describes her method as one of extreme “site-responsivity.” Her thread-based installations poetically echo existing architectural forms or subtly chart the daily movement of light and shadow across the wall, ceiling, or floor. Her work is as much about the act of viewing as it is about the intricate form of her installations, as they require a form of patient looking akin to listening to a whisper. While they are definitely a striking beautification of commonness, they also hint at the infinite. Angie Wilson's primary medium is used work shirts, physical traces of anonymous laborers, woven into Persian carpet motifs or other craft objects. Wilson's artwork simultaneously weaves together questions of outsourced craft production, the mass production of the handmade, and the growing importance of re-usable materials. INDEXICAL MAKERS are artists whose conscientious use of materials encourages us to patiently re-view our immediate physical environment, and to be mindful of the makers behind the seemingly simple, everyday objects within that environment.
Marin MOCA, Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949
Wednesday – Sunday
11am to 4pm
Museum Store open during regular museum hours and for receptions and special events.
Headlands Center for the Arts Fall Open House
Headlands Center for the Arts Summer Open House
Sunday July 24th, 12pm - 5pm
Contemplation, Reflection, and Refreshment - The MFA Exhibition at San Francisco State University
San Francisco Chronicle Review by JD Beltran
May 12, 2011
MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 23 - May 12
San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery
Opening Reception April 23, 1-3pm
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-4pm
Other Featured Artists:
Robert Garcia, Shenny Cruces, Chris Morring, Ben Carpenter, Todd Lanem
please help: shirt collection for my master's thesis
I need your help with my MFA thesis project! I am collecting 1,000 long-sleeve dress shirts (office style work shirt). Shirts can be new or used; stains, holes, ring-around-the-collar ok! (although please no pest infestations). ANY color but especially whites, greys and blues. Men's and womens. Clean out your closet and donate to me! Also, if you have any good sources for such items, please let me know.
Shirts can be mailed to me, or if you're local we can set up some pickup dates + times. To set up a pickup or for more information contact: info [at] angiewilson.org
You will be included in my acknowledgments and possibly receive other tokens of my deepest gratitude.
Exhibition at Project One
June 9 to July 10, 2010
Opening Reception June 9 8:00pm
Any moment of our life has the potential to become a meditative space, an inhabited site for pure experience. However, in our society of inter connectivity and multitasking, most of these spaces are never unlocked for their full, singular capacity. “breathe.” invites you to pause and remember that our lives are made up of a series of single breathes thus connecting ourselves more closely to one another and to our shared culture. The exhibition features works by Angie Wilson, Gloria Tanchelev, Justin Young, Llewelynn O. Fletcher, Ben Shaffer and Fatima Hoang, Amir Nikravan and Luke Gilford that offer opportunities for silence, introspection and ultimately restoration.
Curated by Brooke Waterhouse and Jessica Silverman
251 Rhode Island St,
San Francisco,CA, 94013
Chain Reaction 11
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
February 12 - May 14, 2010
Since launching a quarter century ago, Chain Reaction (the 11th exhibition of this kind at the SFAC Gallery) mimics the format of a chain letter. For this Chain Reaction, ten artists will be selected by a group of advisors, curators and luminaries; those artists will then each choose an artist and then those artists will choose an artist. Works by thirty artists will be exhibited at our three locations: the Main Gallery in the Veterans Building, our window installations site at 155 Grove Street and our exhibition space at San Francisco’s City Hall. Chain Reaction 11 takes the pulse of the current Bay Area art scene and allows us to get inside the artists’ minds to see what they find most compelling.
The ten chains include the following artists: (Initial choosers are not exhibiting work.)
SFAC Staff – Anne Colvin – Ginger Wolfe-Suarez – Lordy Rodriguez
SFAC Advisory Board – Walter Logue – Alexander Cheves – Paul Clipson
Glen Helfand – Christine Wong Yap – Pablo Guardiola – James Tantum
Enrique Chagoya & Kara Maria – Justine Lai – Emily North – Angie Wilson
Desiree Holman – Joshua Churchill – Jasmin Lim – Cameron Soren
Judy Moran – Michael Arcega – Suzanne Husky – Amy Balkin
SFAC Gallery Window Installation Site at 155 Grove St.
Kamau Amu Patton – Chris Bell – Elaine Buckholtz – Floor Van Herreweghe
SFAC Gallery at City Hall, Ground Floor
Abby Chen – Hui-Ying Tsai – James S. Kang – Scott Polach
Rupert Jenkins – Gabriela Hasbun – Karna Kurata – David Paul Morris
Kari Orvik – Robyn Twomey – James Chiang – Josh Kirschenbaum