John Willard Fibre Arts Residency: Chandra Rice

November 17 to December 17, 2017

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Thursday November 30, 5pm-7pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Saturday December 2, 2pm

The second recipient of the John Willard Fibre Arts Resident, Chandra Rice, presents her new work in this exhibition.

In the summer of 2014 the Art Gallery of Burlington proudly launched the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency to celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, Willard turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. With scissors, needles, thread and fabrics Willard created his own one of a kind quilt designs whether inspired by traditional patterns that he had deconstructed or by historical events. To continue Willard’s legacy as a fibre art teacher, the residency enables artists to have access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios in order to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition in the RBC Gallery.

About the Artist
In a world where each of us increasingly curates our own experience – choosing what Instagram accounts to follow and pages to like, carefully constructing selfies that show off our lives, and binging on Netflix – a traditional (fixed and untouchable) exhibition of art, as seen in many galleries, can create an insurmountable distance between artists and viewer. Chandra Rice seeks to bridge that distance, encouraging the viewer to interact with the work, to curate the exhibition themselves, and to become part of the artistic process.

Image: Chandra Rice, Birds of a Feather, 2017.


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