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NYIT Presents Ornaments of Constraint at Gallery 61 October 14 - November 25
Opening Reception - Thursday, October 21, 5-7 pm
NYIT Presents Ornaments of Constraint, the Balance between Craft and Fine Art
October 14 - November 25, 2010
New York, N.Y. (October 4, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) presents
the work of three artists in the exhibition;“Ornaments of Constraint, the Balance between
Craft and Fine Art”,
Katherine Knauer: Outspoken Quilts
Felicia Wright: Opulent Glass Works
Karen Chandler: Painted Silks
Katherine Knauer has been making quilts since 1976. She finds inspiration in traditional quilt patterns, historic embroideries and other textiles and uses them as the basic building blocks of her very contemporary, often humorous work. Described as “a mirthful approach to the macabre, “Katherine’s quilts are comments on current events presented within a framework of traditional technique. The juxtaposition of subject matter dealing with war and environmental degradation and a medium most often associated with comfort and warmth energizes her work and gives it a unique perspective.
Katherine Knauer’s work has been included in numerous venues including two solo exhibitions. She is the author of “Stencil Printing on Fabric” which was published in “American Quilter” in 1993. Ms. Knauer uses quite a variety of techniques, which should be inspiring to artists in all media.
Felicia Wright is an artist and designer who creates unique environments, sculpture, and lighting. By working in hot and cold glass and merging other, disparate materials, in multiple mediums, she has created a unique body of work spanning over two decades. Her sensibilities have influenced her stained and kiln heated glass, metal, wood and fabric projects towards singular commissions. Her research and apprenticeships have included traditional production techniques in Murano, Italy as well as the historical development of glass in the Middle East.
Her studio, Opulent Glassworks, Inc., was created to develop and advance craftsmanship in these mediums as well as provide a commercial outlet for research in the fine arts. The company has collaborated extensively on design projects with architects, designers, private, commercial and residential clients, augmenting built environments.
As a designer Felicia has contributed to projects for the interior renovation of The Princeton Club of New York, Columbia University Campus, historic exhibitions at the New York Public Library, international retail companies, materials for stage and performance, production and commercials for SONY International, as well as private residences. www.opulentglassworks.com
Karen Chandler is a painter who has seamlessly worked with canvas and silk. What attracts her is the feel and color of the textile. “I look at fabric the same way I look at paint…” The bold textures lend themselves to the bright palette used in her paintings.
Karen Chandler has exhibited throughout the country, including New York, California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Her work is in several private collections; the permanent collection at the Galaxy Art Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center and the Air Force Art Collection. Chandler is affiliated with the NASA Space Art Program, the Air Force Art Program and is a member of the Society of Illustrators. Her illustrations have appeared regularly for most of the major publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Bantam Books, Random House and many others. Her work is on the covers of such popular series as the R.L. Stein books and the New York based historical mysteries by Victoria Thompson. She is especially proud of her illustrations for the children's book, Keeper of the Swamp, by Anne Garrett.