Materiality & Method: A Small Works Fiber Show

Please join us on Sunday, September 8th from 4 - 6 pm for the opening reception of Materiality & Method a small works fiber show organized by Textile Arts Los Angeles in conjunction with Textile Month in September 2019. The exhibition will be on view at Daniella Carter’s architectural studio Pretty Smart in Long Beach, CA, through Saturday, October 5th, 2019.

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Fiber is a fluid medium that allows artists to approach their work in many ways. This exhibition focuses on the intersection of process and material, and how every artist addresses these ideas in their work. Featuring artists’ work that uses innovative methods that manipulate, re-imagine and transcend our understanding of material.

Renae is pleased to be showing a wall sculpture entitled “The Noise Got Too Loud” made with cheesecloth, sodium chloride, dead sea salts, cardboard, and resin alongside a group of featured textile artists: Peggy Weidemann, Carlyn Clark, Sandy Abrams, Eva Rabin, Susan Maddux, Michael Rohde, Gwen Samuels, Polly Giacchina, Penny Collins, Joanna Stott, Lydia Tjioe Hall, Elise Vazelakis, Anne M Bray, Tamara Tolkin, Anna Zinsmeister, Dellis Frank, Barbara Klare, Claudia Zhao, Jamia Weir, and Brittany Wittman McLaughlin.

The Noise Got Too Loud. 10”W x 9”L x 3.5”D. Cheesecloth, sodium chloride, dead sea salts, cardboard, resin (2019).

The Noise Got Too Loud. 10”W x 9”L x 3.5”D. Cheesecloth, sodium chloride, dead sea salts, cardboard, resin (2019).

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WTP Central Studio Tour: Renae Barnard

Studio Tour: Renae Barnard

The Studio Tour series offers an inside peek into the work environments of WTP artists, as well as insight into their creative process within these resonate spaces.
By Jennifer Nelson, WTP Feature Writer
Renae Barnard is recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and by the International Institute for Bau-biologie® & Ecology as a Building Biologie Practitioner. She has recently completed projects in cooperation with the National Immigration Law Center and the City of Santa Monica Department of Cultural Affairs. She is a recipient of the Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, the Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, The Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Lincoln Fellowship Award, and Christopher Street West Art and Culture Grant.
For Renae Barnard, her studio is on the go. She weaves in her lap; bowls of salt mixture are evaporating on her front porch; she may rent out temporary spaces around Los Angeles as her projects require. For her most recent public work, at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, she shared space with other artists in a large commercial building in Boyle Heights. “Sharing space with other artists on a short-term basis allows me the access to equipment I may need,” she says, “like a spray room, wood shop, or kiln without the financial burden of permanent overhead.”
Nevertheless, she faces challenges when sharing space, the main one in Los Angeles, not having a parking space. This meant that Barnard had to haul sculpture materials down a sidewalk to a metered parking space. “It’s not always the most convenient, but it’s manageable,” she says.
For two years, her studio was a tiny white box in Claremont, a city thirty miles east of Los Angeles, where she kept weaving and sewing materials, as well as tripods for her photography. Many of the materials were incorporated into works such as “Displaced Tinder,” a sculpture of twisted medical exam paper wound around school chairs.

With time, she has realized form through repetitive movements like weaving, sewing, and twisting motions. Now she is experimenting with other modes of accumulating form, including a series of fiber sculptures of cotton batting, upholstery foam, and polyester fiberfill scraps discarded by furniture manufacturers. These materials are supplemented with water-based paints by Dunn Edwards, salt, water-based glues, and vinegar. “I’m interested in the ways in which basic chemistry might create form beyond those achievable with my hands,” says Barnard.

To work, Barnard requires silence and solitude. She doesn’t want music, visitors, or lingering clutter. Her process is generally exploratory, allowing room for discovery along the path and at the finish. There’s an undercurrent of chaos that she’s always wrestling with. The outcome is not a literal display of the problem, nor is it offering a solution. It is a record of the thought process and the struggle: “I’m interested in examining our situations and hopefully moving beyond the place where we stand now.”

See Renae Barnard’s work in Vol. VI #4
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Home Makers? An Exhibition of 25 Women Artists In & Around an East LA Underground Tunnel


July 12, 2014 6:00pm-10:00pm

Los Angeles (May 1, 2014)

Presenting more than 75 works by 22 female artists,

HOME MAKERS? is the first Los Angeles exhibition to highlight women makers in a setting free from the hierarchies that segregate fine arts and crafts. Curated by Renae Barnard, this exhibition connects women artists from diverse communities directly with visitors for one night only:

Saturday, July 12 from 6:00pm-10: 00 pm.

Operating outside the traditional art market, the exhibition will take place in an underground tunnel in East Los Angeles and provide 100% of sales directly to the participating artists. The tunnel walls will feature photography by Leila May, Maria Garcia-Clark and Cathleen Parra, paintings by Alice Maldonado, Elwing Gonzales, and Nicole Reyes, illustrations by Cheryl Angel and Olivia Healy-Mirkovich, and sculptural fiber works by Renae Barnard, Fang Li, Jacqueline Meyers-Cho, Kin Chen and Vanessa Fry.

The above ground intersection will be temporarily closed to traffic allowing for installation artists Diana Madriaga, Debbie Carlson, Jaklin Romine, and Olga Lah to take over the street. Ceramicists Sharon Hardy and Sarah Hagen will be hosting vignettes of their work above ground alongside fiber artist Cara Mullinary, Julie Roth and Julie Kornblum and sculptors/ jewelry designers Terina Nicole and Robin Little. Master of Ceremonies Rebekkah Waites will be spinning tunes all evening and introducing an exceptional performance by Jessica Ceballos at 7:30 pm.

General Information:

Cypress Village Tunnel 3400 N. Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90042

Saturday, July 12th 6-10pm.

Street parking on Figueroa. Loreto Street closed to traffic.

Admission: Free of charge