Thursday, December 17, 2020
Hartwick College Visiting Assistant Professor of Art (Sculpture) Leah Frankel presents a new collaborative installation at Bushel Collective’s Response Space on Main Street in Delhi, NY. “Intertexture: Weave and Word,” opens Sunday, December 20, with an outdoor, socially distanced event, at 1 p.m. Frankel’s installation is the first work mounted in Response Space, the nonprofit collective’s new street-view gallery.
“Approaching a window on a bustling street, coming close, peering through a portal into a space where meaning shifts between shape and language: with ‘Intertexture: Weave and Word,’ artist Leah Frankel and poet Iris Cushing use handmade weaving, projected animations, written text and two-dimensional elements to create a space where shapes come unmoored from their expected associations,” says the Bushel Collective. “Metaphors for growth and transformation (nebulas, geologic time, cell proliferation) emerge in woven and written forms, inviting the viewer/reader to depart, even momentarily, from the hustle of human activity. ‘Intertexture: Weave and Word’ is accompanied by Before the Beginning, Picture the End, a handmade, limited-edition collaborative zine available through Bushel Editions, featuring the work of the artist and poet.”
Frankel is a visual artist whose work deals with the relationship of human existence to its remarkable environment. Using site as impetus, her installations employ ordinary objects to draw attention to our earth’s gravity, the passing of time, or the flatness of the horizon. Frankel’s site-specific projects include “Colony of Earthcubes” at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.; a relief rendering of the Wissahickon Watershed made from reclaimed building materials at Germantown Academy, in Fort Washington, PA; and a series of installations in, around, and in response to a backyard shed in Columbus, Ohio. She also enjoys collaborating with choreographers and writers on new projects. She was a fellow at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2015. Frankel earned a M.F.A. at The Ohio State University in 2014.
The opening will feature a live sidewalk reading from Before the Beginning, Picture the End. A second reading event will also be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4 p.m.
For more on Frankel’s work, visit her website.
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Contact: David Lubell