beth stuart read.plaid.clad - Open Studio, Toronto

MAY 22 MAI - JUNE 20 JUIN 2015

Beth Stuart présentera le fruit de sa résidence à Open Studio. Les oeuvres établissent un dialogue entre trois figures historiques, Varvara Stepanova, Ida Craddock et Florine Stettheimer, et font écho à l'écriture d'une pièce de théâtre intitulée BLACKANDWHITEANDALLOVER dans laquelle Stuart met ces trois femmes en dialogue.


Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist.The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In conjunction with the residency, each artist exhibits the work produced during their period in the Studio, and gives an artist talk. These exhibitions are the result of this intensive work period. Click below to download the accompanying brochure, with essays by Cait McKinney and Kathleen Ritter.

Beth Stuart’s READ.PLAID.CLAD is a new aspect of Stuart’s ongoing play in progress, BLACKANDWHITEANDALLOVER, a fictional dialogue between historical figures Varvara Stepanova (1894-1958), a Constructivist artist and textile designer who is perhaps most well remembered for her complicated geometric patterning and clothing designs, particularly those for sports costumes; Ida Craddock (1857-1902), a mystic, freethinker, pioneering sex educator, and advocate for progressive reform of sexual relationships; and Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), a poet, painter, sometime-scenographer, and bohemian flâneuse from a wealthy New York family. READ.PLAID.CLAD interprets Stepanova’s patterns and prints into large format woodblock prints, using Stuart’s particular approach to abstraction, humour and the body.