CAMP Rehoboth – Art Exhibition

I have a closing reception on Saturday March 4th at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE. It’s a great excuse to visit Rehoboth if you’re in the area.

CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a wonderful place that celebrates diversity and works to create a strong sense of community and a more positive environment for all people, gay and straight. The reception is scheduled for 1 pm, stop by and enjoy some refreshments. I hope to see you there.

On display you’ll see some of my Plexiglas paintings hanging in a small grouping from the ceiling with room for light to come through them.

A small alcove made a great spot to display this silk sculpture with another Plexiglas painting.

I have 2 of my new paintings included in the show. They’re 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. This one is titled Surf’s Up.

 

Silk Sculpture Installation

My silk sculptures Algae Bloom and Coral Reef Forms have been re-worked and are currently installed at NINObrand Atelier  at 333 S. 20th Street in Philadelphia.

Algae Bloom, Silk Sculpture

Algae Bloom, Silk Sculpture

NINObrand’s designer Bela Shehu creates beautiful modern, classic clothing and accessories for her discerning clientele. Bela works with a minimal palette of black, white, and neutrals. The green silk is an apropos addition in the window that signals the arrival of summer.  On the opposing wall white forms organically arranged are reminiscent of coral reef and fungus growths.

NINObrand Installation

 

Coral Reef and Fungus Forms

 

Coral Reef and Fungus Forms

Coral Reef and Fungus Forms

One gold flourish deftly accents an open expanse.

NINObrand Installation

Gold Flourish Sculpture, Linda Celestian

Bela’s clothes and accessories are flawlessly executed in gorgeous fabrics. I’m flattered she chose to display my silk sculptures in her space. NINObrand Atelier is open by appointment only. This opportunity was made possible through InLiquid Art and Design, the source for visual art in Philadelphia and beyond. If you are a visual artist in the greater Philadelphia area you should consider becoming a member of InLiquid, they work really hard to create opportunities for visual artists to showcase their work.

In the Studio

Last week I finished 2 new fiber pieces to enter into a juried show. Both pieces had parts that were already made I just needed to follow through on my ideas to make them finished sculptures. In the case of the fungus sculpture below I dyed the sewn, nuno felted silk parts and stitched them to some painted linen that is sewn on a round piece of wire. Something about the perfect circle contrasts nicely with the organic growth of the fungus. It reminds me of a cut down tree which is where fungus can grow. My artist friend Susan Benarcik told me it reminds her of looking through a microscope and I like that idea as well.

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The second piece is something I started a long time ago and decided to add more to. It’s one of those things that I could just keep adding to but for now it’s done. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completion feels good and these sculptures can easily be packed up and sent out to shows.

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I also made a heart garland for my living room. I spray mounted silver wrapping paper onto both sides of a piece of poster board and cut out hearts. I doodled with white paint marker on some and left some plain. After punching holes and adding wired ribbon I added them to a long piece of skinny white ribbon. Using wired ribbon for the hearts means you can give them a little twist to keep them in place on the line when it’s hung up.

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You can watch a video tutorial here on my other blog Paper Wood Paint of one I made last year with scraps of wrapping paper from Christmas.

 

 

Installing Silk Sculpture

I recently installed my silk sculpture for an upcoming event in Philadelphia in the Commerce Square, 20th and Market building on the 32nd floor.

 

Inspiring Artists

I’ve been researching artists working in the realm of public art that are using soft materials. I came up with 3 women, with different and equally impressive bodies of work.

“American artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.” excerpted from her website. This all started for her when she was on a Fulbright lectureship in India. She had promised to give painting exhibitions around the country but her paints that she shipped never arrived. Watching the fisherman bundling their nets at night she decided to enlist their knowledge and with their help made her first large sculpture. By the end of the year she had a series of lightweight volumetric sculptures made out of netting. The rest is history as she continues to make and install her beauties in cities around the world.

Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman  Sydney, Australia

Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman  Denver, Colorado

Janet Etechelman,

Janet Echelman, San Francisco

Janet Echelman,

Janet Echelman, San Francisco

 

Kendall Buster, also American, was initially trained as a microbiologist. While working in a laboratory she was inspired by the beauty she saw under the microscope and took a turn into art. While working as a lab technician in a hospital she had the desire to bring the beauty she saw through the microscope to life. She went to art school and her drawings blossomed into beautiful biomorphic sculptures. Her materials include metal armatures covered with shade cloth. When light passes through the cloth the forms are transparent but in the lack of light they are opaque.

Kendall Buster Parabiosise

Kendall Buster, Parabiosise

 

Kendall Buster Parabiosise

Kendall Buster, Parabiosise

Kendall Buster Agave

Kendall Buster, Agave 

Jan Blake from the UK is working with silk organza painted with procion dyes. She draws from her extensive background in theatre design for her public art commissions . She says in her artist statement 

“Light and movement are the essence of my work.
My preoccupation is to capture moments at a point of
anticipation and change
……a sudden breeze through grass, the unseen intervention.
……The tension of silk that supports steel, the unseen strength.
….. A seed pod about to disperse its seeds …….. unravelling.”

excerpted from her website

A woman after my own heart and she generously shares her process on her website.

Jan Blake, Glaxo Abundance

Jan Blake, Glaxo Abundance

Jan Blake, New Leaves

Jan Blake, New Leaves, Beijing

Jan Blake, Defra

Jan Blake, Defra,

Here are some of the steps in her process.

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Jan Blake

Jan Blake

Jan Blake, research

Jan Blake

Jan Blake

Jan Blake, Work in Progress

 

 

 

 

Crane Arts, 2014

My show at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. Philadelphia through InLiquid is up through April 27th. It made uwishunu, philly from the inside out’s list of Top Picks for April 2014 Art Happenings In And Around the City. Here’s what they had to say,

• OverflowingThrough April 27, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street. InLiquid presents a solo installation by painter and fiber artist Linda Celestian. Drawing inspiration from the ocean and childhood lakeside visits, the exhibition flows through deep blues and ghostly whites, bringing a briny beauty to the indoors.

Hey if you can’t make it to Philly to see it in person lucky for you my good friend the great Joe del Tufo photographed it for me! I’m sharing some of his images here.

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

photo by Joe del Tufo

photo by Joe del Tufo

Natural Growth Sculpture

Natural Growth Sculpture

photo by Joe del Tufo

photo by Joe del Tufo

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

Ocean Wave Sculpture

Ocean Wave Sculpture

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

Crane Arts, photo by Joe del Tufo

Crane Arts, Bloom Sculpture & Seismic Shift

Crane Arts, Bloom Sculpture & Seismic Shift 

Crane Arts

Crane Arts

Crane Arts

Crane Arts

Crane Arts

Crane Arts