Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
BETWEEN: WOVEN IMAGES BY BETTY VERA
-- “Painterly” Weavings, Some Created on a Computer-Assisted Loom,
Express Perceptions of Reality, Experienced and Imagined --
|Exhibition Dates: ||Tuesday, February 6 - Friday, March 30, 2007 |
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|Where: ||The Queens College Art Center |
(part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
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|Gallery Talk and Reception: ||Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 5 - 6 pm |
Reception, 6 - 8 pm
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|Gallery Hours: ||Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 8 pm |
Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm
(Closed Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12)
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|Gallery Contacts: ||For more info: (718) 997-3770 |
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|Fee: ||Free and open to the public |
FLUSHING, NY, January 18, 2007 – Betty Vera, a New York-based artist, will show her current hand-woven work in an exhibition at the Queens College Art Center beginning Tuesday, February 6. On that day, the public is invited to a free gallery talk by the artist from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a reception to 8 pm. For more information, please visit: www.qc.cuny.edu/Library/art/artcenter.html
Vera’s work responds to the natural world as well as the human condition in the twenty-first century through her suggestions of shadows and vestiges that evoke a sense of human vulnerability, absence and loss. Although she calls her work tapestries, she goes beyond traditional tapestry techniques and works far more freely. Her process consists of “painting” with threads, whether woven entirely by hand on a tapestry or floor loom using yarns she has painted with dyes, or on a computer-assisted loom that weaves images she has created by manipulating her drawings and photographs on the computer. Both types of work are included in the exhibition.
Parts of her warp threads (those that extend lengthwise) remain visible and interact with the weft (those that extend crosswise), creating fluid, coloristic effects. Some weft yarns curve, breaking the traditional grid. The resulting woven images, poised between the physicality of the woven medium and its transformation through the artist’s sensibility, were likened to Impressionist paintings by Patricia Malarcher, a New York Times reviewer.
According to Vera, her weavings “subtly express perceptions of reality – seen and unseen, experienced and imagined.” In her work, the artists says,
…Fibrous forms dissolve into elusive impressions, addressing the shadowy underside of visual experience – traces, residues, and afterimages rather than tactile objects; space suggested, rather than defined; the pulse of life as it is experienced but can never be fully expressed in words.
Vera is a graduate of Montclair State University, New Jersey (MFA 2002) and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (BFA 1966). She has also studied Jacquard tapestry and Jacquard weaving, technology and design at Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles, and woven textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she currently teaches. She has also taught at Montclair State University, Peters Valley Crafts Center, New England Weavers Seminar, Southwest School of Arts & Craft in San Antonio, Texas, and at other institutions.
Vera’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, including solo shows, and in 2006, in an international group show at the University of Hawaii. Her work was deemed Best in Show at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York (2004) and she was Featured Guest Artist at the American Craft Museum (1998). Vera has received grants, residencies and other support from such institutions as the Empire State Crafts Alliance, Artists Space, Handweavers Guild of America, Vermont Studio Center, and Ruth Chenven Foundation. Vera’s tapestries can be seen at the Kitano Hotel in New York City, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the Palisades Presbyterian Church in Palisades, NJ, and are represented in public, corporate and private collections. Her work has also been published in leading craft and design magazines and in many books.
Photographs as well as biographical and sales information are available upon request.
Visitors to the Betty Vera exhibit may also want to see the Grandeur of Islamic Art in Image and Object exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus (February 13 – May 31). For information, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.