Carpet Beetles: Patterns from the Orient
Friday, November 19, 2004 to Friday, December 17, 2004
Jennifer Angus, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will travel to Lincoln, NE the 3rd week of November to install her newest installation called Carpet Beetles: Patterns from the Orient. Departing from her work of the past four years, in which she has been creating installations composed of insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns, Angus will create an installation at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 2004, on large, low, floor pedestals. Angus uses real insects to reference pattern, both from textiles and wallpaper. In this case, her reference will be patterns from Oriental Carpets. The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery is located in the Human Sciences Building at 35th and Holdrege streets on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Angus will derive her design inspiration from traditional rug-weaving areas of the world: Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia, western China, and India. Angus will draw on the distinctive styles based upon local traditions of manufacture and preferences for particular patterns, designs, and colors and interpret them with her selection of insects.
Angus says, “my early training was in textile design. Although very little of what I currently do involves cloth, my work is nonetheless informed by the textile tradition. In particular, I am inspired by pattern to which repetition is inherent…” She comments that viewers first see familiar pattern when they enter an installation, “however upon closer examination one discovers that it is entirely made up of insects.”
Angus will work with students while on campus at the University of Nebraska and recruit students to assist in the installation of the exhibition. Student groups from the department of Entomology and Textiles, Clothing and Design will offer tours of the exhibition to groups at their request. An opening reception with a lecture by the artist is scheduled for Friday, November 19 from 5-7pm. The lecture will begin at 5pm on the lower level of the Human Sciences Building in room 11. The reception will follow on the second floor immediately following the reception. The Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, the Department of Entomology and the Textiles, Clothing and Design Department underwrite this exhibition and related activities.
Thorny female detail.