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‘Fugitive Fibers’ exhibit to open at University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will present the exhibition, “Fugitive Fibers,” a group show displaying the work of four artists who use fiber as a media. The UAG will host an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 at the gallery. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 30.


Quilted, multi-colored artwork.
Acrylic paint and inkjet printing on recycled fabric by Jeana Eve Klein is machine pieced and hand quilted. The artwork is part of the New Mexico State University Art Gallery's "Fugitive Fibers" exhibition, which runs from Thursday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 30. (Courtesy photo)
Black velvet tapestry
Mara Lonner's "Destruction Burnout" is part of the "Fugitive Fibers" exhibition at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The work is a chemical process on silk/rayon velvet with mixed media. (Courtesy photo)

Sandra Doore shapes synthetic leather into fragmented objects of beauty and creates plastic “texted” tapestries, while Erika Lynne Hanson weaves together an ecology of relationships specific to Southwest landscapes, as represented by an object, video and performance-based installation.

Jeana Eve Klein re-imagines abandoned homes as locations of celebration, growth and abundance, quilting scenes of narrative objects of which viewers are the revolving inhabitants, and Mara Lonner’s velvet tapestries elegantly confront existential crises in the natural world, while the fugitive fibers released during her burnout process are rearranged into drawings.

This group show was juried by the UAG Exhibition Review Board from more than 80 international applicants who applied for an open call made by the UAG for exhibition proposals. The jurors included Julia Barello, Jessika Edgar, Heather Gordon, Michelle Lanteri, Emily Nachison, Katy Stuckel and Jasmine Woodul.

“Doore’s work hovers between the representation of sound and action, visualizing her ongoing exploration into the new language of texting through stitched sculptures, installations, drawings and mixed media,” said Michelle Lanteri, review board juror.

Doore was born in Switzerland and currently resides in Canada. She received her MFA from San Diego State University in 2007 and her BFA from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.

Hanson creates weavings, videos and installations that connect diverse materials, histories and places. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts, and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in fiber from The Kansas City Art Institute.

“Klein’s recent studio practice has coalesced around the broad theme of value, specifically how society assigns value to objects,” University Art Gallery Manager Jasmine Woodul said. “These ideas are made tangible through large mixed media quilts and tiny obsessive embroideries.”

Klein earned an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and MFA from Arizona State University.

Lonner lives and works in Los Angeles, and received her BFA and MFA from The California Institute For The Arts. She works with a variety of mediums and genres to blur the conventional distinction between organic and geometric worlds.

In addition to the exhibition, artists Hanson and Lonner will present an artist lecture at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and Klein and Doore will present a Skype lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Both events at the UAG are free and open to the public.

The University Art Gallery at NMSU is located at the intersection of University and Solano Avenues. The UAG is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information visit the gallery website at uag.nmsu.edu.