On our second trip to Queens, we were honored with an early look at the Godwin-Ternbach’s new exhibit, (Re)woven, before it opened later that same day. (Re)woven, which has partner exhibitions at El Museu de Los Sures and the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, “ingeniously redefines the practice of fiber art.”
As she took us around the art works, Brita explained the significance of the show’s title and how it unified the show’s pieces.
The Ekphrastics gather around Pan Ping-Yu’s 2015 textile work “The Key Ingredients”
Drawing on the history and techniques of textile production in Taiwan, these young artists are “re-weaving” those techniques with new materials and contemporary, often political content to breathe new life into an old tradition.
The show is eclectic in the best way, at times whimsical…
Detail, “Embroidery Event” (Wu Yun-Feng, 2013)
…at others, intense…
Detail, “You Are My Tender Weapon” (Hsu Wei-Hui, 2011)
…and sometimes downright weird:
Detail, “Fever Little Pumpkins” (Huang Mei-Hui, 2016)
So we got to writing, and got to sketching…
…and we finished with pizza and an impromptu artist Q&A with textile artist Hsu Wei-Hui, whose work offers a trenchant critique of contemporary life.
Artist Hsu Wei-Hui, creator of “You are my Tender Weapon” and “Flower of Life,” answers our questions
Week Two Creative Prompt: Imagine the story behind the art, the human labor that went into its creation; or invent a story or scene within the work of art, taking place in the landscape it depicts or the world it evokes.
Alternately: Write about the textures of your piece. Use your eyes to “feel” what your hands aren’t allowed to touch. Pay special attention to textures that seem opposite. Hard/soft; dull/bright; organic/metallic–what do these tensions make you think and feel?
Book Nerd Bonus: Spotted–this hirsute book-beast lurking in a quiet nook in the Godwin-Ternbach’s upstairs gallery:
Hoary-Headed Book (Yang Wei-Lin, 2005)
Photo Credits for this post: Jasmine Mahabir and Rafal Olechowski