The Nemeth Art Center will be hosting a reception and talk with the collaborating artists of the interactive exhibit “Weaving Community Together” from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
In this interactive and process-oriented exhibit, Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez and local expert handweaver Bruce Engebretson are exploring the rich, connective tissue between art, textile design and tapestry.
The community is invited to explore their own expression through various art forms throughout the duration of the exhibit, which will be unfolding over the coming months in the gallery of the Nemeth Art Center.
In early June, a 4-foot wooden loom from Aubusson, France was installed in the gallery and Engebretson began to set up three separate warps on the loom. On the center warp, he will weave a tapestry inspired by Garcia-Gomez’s recent works, “Impossible Landscapes.”
As the tapestry takes shape, Garcia-Gomez will respond with new designs on paper that will be hung in the gallery progressively, all summer long. She has set up an interactive community studio in the Nemeth’s ART Explorers Corner and Community Gallery space. Here, the public is invited to sit with her at the studio table and create art with her. She will also be building an installation in one of the small galleries and she has two large wooden puzzles of her “Impossible Landscapes” designs for visitors to try, exploring their own reaction to facing the impossible.
Alongside the tapestry, Engebretson is creating two community warps that the public is welcome to sit at and learn hand-weaving skills. His stories and historical facts about weaving and tapestries will delight any visitor who comes to learn.
Garcia-Gomez is a Minneapolis based multidisciplinary artist whose work is “a cathartic manifestation the violence she experienced during her youth growing up in Columbia during the years of conflict.” She has an MFA from both the University of Paris 8 in Saint-Denis and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited in both France and the U.S.
In this new series of drawings, "Impossible Landscapes," Garcia-Gomez explores the feelings of loss and defeat as a natural state of being human.
"Understanding that we cannot control every circumstance in our lives, we must learn to surrender, adapt and carry on, even when we do not know how," she says. "That is why it is 'impossible' because those places where we really let go don't exist yet and maybe never will exist."
Engebretson is the founder of the Weaving School near Osage. He hosts spinning, dyeing and weaving classes for individuals or small groups. For more than 30 years, he has been learning from incredible weavers who come from family and ethnic traditions. He inherited a Basse Lisse tapestry loom, or Aubusson named after the French town famous for tapestry weaving, which seats up to four weavers at a time.
This exhibit will be open to the public through the end of September, with a final party during Art Leap on Sept. 28-29.
Admission is always free to the Nemeth Art Center, located in Park Rapids upstairs at the historic Hubbard County Courthouse 301 Court Ave.