LEE MAIDA / ACP AT PARKER JONES
LEE MAIDA: EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD BEGAN WITH A YES.



A woven fabric consists of two opposing linear structures-the warp and the weft. Imagined on a frame, the warp would be threaded first between the top and the bottom with tension across the thread. The weft would then be passed under and over each warp thread in consecutive rows to create a surface.



This structure is quintessential to my work in methodology, material and process. The system of support, balance, tension and weight among the threads are all central elements to the form and language of my work. Weaving becomes a concept I mine, research and perform in order to glean the social, historical, architectural and scientific import. Deploying a broad spectrum of sculptural and performance practices, I use the information of weaving to more deeply consider social fabrics both intimate and communal.



Everything in the world began with a yes is an utterance of failure and fortune, one that works at working. With this collection of work, I am considering utility and interaction. Floating weaving on the surface of a clay body, prioritizes the process. Inciting/inviting bodies into communion and allowing the viewer to partake and take are processes by which the making and viewing (writing and reading) of the object can be re-invented over and over. Yes because it is consensual, creative, moving, forming, and positive.



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ACP AT PARKER JONES:

PARKER JONES is pleased to announce Artist Curated Projects. While this continues the gallery’s mission of showcasing the work of emerging artists, for this exhibition the artist-as-curator is given consideration.

The artists Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael began Artist Curated Projects in July, 2008, and have realized twenty-four projects since then, always with artists they believed deserved closer inspection, and always in non-traditional exhibition spaces, most often the home of a volunteer. For this project, ACP will operate within the ‘white cube’ and existing infrastructure of a commercial gallery.

The ubiquitous five-week exhibition duration has been divided into six sections. The first, which is curated by Fowler and Michael, will be a two week exhibition of the work of recent graduate from the California College of the Arts, Lee Maida. The remaining three weeks have been given expanded gallery hours and will be a seamless succession of four four-day solo shows, each by an artist selected by a guest curator chosen by Fowler and Michael, with a film screening taking place at the end.

– Parker Jones.