John Garrett, Life in Progress

John Garrett, Life in Progress

Monday, September 8, 2003 to Friday, October 17, 2003

John Garrett of Albuquerque, New Mexico interlaces such unlikely materials as brushed and painted aluminum and hardware cloth in a vessel and makes nets of metal, plastic, and glass. Process is central to this work where the artist explores new and complex weaving processes and experiments with the aging and decomposition of found metals. The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery will feature Garrett’s work in a solo exhibition September 8-October 17, 2003. Jan Janeiro writes that, “chaos controlled by an underlying organization, an exuberant over abundance, a quirky vision and sense of humor, and unceasing activity,” is how to describe Garrett’s unusual art basketry. He transforms materials in his work which can range from spherical assemblages to architecturally structured objects of containment and creates meaning invoking the social and political.

Both his basketry and his two dimensional pieces have been featured at SOFA an is included in the permanent collections of many museums such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the High Museum, the American Craft Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Albuquerque Museum. He was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983 and 1995.

John is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher and will be conducting a workshop on sculptural and experimental textile techniques with a variety of materials early in September in conjunction with his exhibition. Friends of the Gallery will receive registration forms prior to the general open registration. Please watch for the forms and register early to reserve your space for this exciting workshop.

Baroque Boat