A panel discussion investigating the iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg
Saturday, November 14, 3 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225
Portland, OR – The Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft presents Conversation on Craft: Mending, a panel discussion investigating the iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg.
To mend is to repair, to correct, and to improve. Historically this was a common practice of making greater use of the objects in our lives. In recent years, however, mending, repair, and patching has become a political act of anti-consumerism by sustaining an object beyond its obsolescence and a declaration of individuality by opening an opportunity to hack, modify, decorate, connect, and take ownership.
Conversations on Craft: Mending, hosted by the Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft and the Fibers Department, will bring together these distinct mending concepts through a discussion with artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport, and Tali Weinberg. Together, with moderator Emily Nachison, they will establish an open dialog concerning the metaphorical, figurative, and formal process of mending in contemporary craft, fiber, and art.
Emily Nachison, is the Department Head of Fibers at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She received a MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Nachison’s work has been widely exhibited across the country, including numerous solo exhibitions most recently at Bullseye Projects in Portland.
Jovencio de la Paz’s works in the realm of performance, physicality, materiality, collaboration and socially engaged practices. Co-founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, he is currently the Fiber Area Head at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Rock Hushka is an artist, curator and art historian whose embroideries recreate motifs from late medieval and early Renaissance textiles, evoking a set of cultural beliefs that illuminate the complex interactions in our own time. Hushka is the Chief Curator of the Tacoma Arts Museum, Washington.
Mark Newport, an artist and educator, is known for his hand knit hero costumes. Newport’s work combines the projection of a super-heroic, ultra-masculine identity and more vulnerable personas. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
Tali Weinberg fuses text and textiles to address gender violence, the housing crisis, climate change, labor exploitation, and other traumas and insecurities that are experienced as both social and personal. Weinberg lives in Berkeley, California, where she is the Director of the American Textile Society.
Conversations on Craft is a forum addressing the skill and art of creativity. Focused on a making space, the intention is to incite discourse and exercise motivations, aspirations, even prejudices that surround Contemporary Craft, particularly Craft’s persistent presence in a contemporary culture suspicious of labored beauty and material literacy.
The MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation at OCAC provides a broad and intensive environment for the understanding and advanced studio application crossing the material areas of Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.