By The Hand:
A National Juried Exhibition of Traditional & Innovative Craft
July 9 - Sept 10, 2006
By the Hand opens with a reception at Bedford Gallery on Sunday, July 9, 3:00–5:00 p.m. and will remain on view through September 10, 2006.
The Craft tradition has deep roots in our cultural histories and continues to evolve as our collective identities change and shift with the times. By the Hand presents artists working in clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber to represent a broad range of styles exploring the breadth of contemporary craft. By the Hand features work which addresses and celebrates Craft’s own history and traditions of handwork, as well as examines our current times and evolving methods of “making.”
About the show, Bedford Curator Carrie Lederer comments, “In the wake of our high-tech lives, it’s easy to forget that there are still millions of human beings who live by the use of their hands alone. In every corner of the world there are crafts—from totem carvings in Alaska to mosaics in Spain to woven baskets in Thailand. The art of craft-making holds a visual spirit for many cultures, and cultural crafts sit at the nexus of art and life. Indigenous cultures are often reflected in their craft-making and it is our hope that this show will provide a similar reflection of American culture today.”
The exhibition will be juried by independent curators Suzanne Baizerman, former curator of crafts and decorative arts at the Oakland Museum of California, and Jo Lauria, former decorative arts curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Baizerman and Lauria are the co-authors of California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style. A series of workshops will take place at the gallery in July and August. Open to participants of all experience levels, these workshops provide an opportunity to work with new materials and create unique objects, all by hand.