MAKE/SHIFT: Rachel Meginnes + Thomas Schmidt
21 September – 30 November 2018
Opening reception with the artists | Friday, September 21 | 6 to 8pm
Artist Talk moderated by Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director and Curator, The Center for Craft | Tuesday, November 13 | 6 to 8pm
Hodges Taylor is pleased to present MAKE/SHIFT, an exhibition pairing Penland-based artist, Rachel Meginnes, with Charlotte-based sculptor, Thomas Schmidt. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, September 21 from 6 to 8pm. MAKE/SHIFT presents the artists’ most recent bodies of work and is the artists’ first exhibition with Hodges Taylor. While Meginnes collaborates with found material, making her mark through a series of reactions to the underlying object, Thomas Schmidt communicates through the manipulation of material by technology, shifting the idea of the object itself.
Rachel Meginnes creates mixed media paintings from found and forgotten textiles. Her current work, using discarded vintage quilts, begins with the meticulous removal of each original stitch, cut away by hand to reveal interior cotton battings that are both worn-in and worn-out. To reinforce her materials and to adapt them as her canvas, Meginnes retraces channels of old stitching, adding strength and structure through a layered application of thread and paint. At last, her mended cotton battings become grounds on which to apply additive and reductive processes which simultaneously pay tribute to her source material and display her own intuitive impulses. By shifting the material’s narrative, Meginnes’ paintings reference their humble beginnings and breathe new life into post-functional heirlooms.
Mining the zone between two- and three-dimensional spaces, Thomas Schmidt explores the intersections between design, applied art, and industrial material. From digitally modeled vases to crumpled porcelain tile, Schmidt draws upon the tension between digital fabrication and the hand, through mold making, casting, and photography. Experimenting with materials such as paper, wood, and plant life, Schmidt is interested in the simple play of trompe l’oeil, asking us to pay attention and look closely. At first glance, what appears as a sheet of notebook paper is actually a paper-thin, carefully crafted, slab of porcelain tile. Schmidt’s sculptures, cleverly engineered simulacra, interrupt the conversation between referent and replica.
ABOUT RACHEL MEGINNES
Rachel Meginnes is an artist and educator committed to the idea that art creates more fulfilling lives. Rachel received her BA in Art at Earlham College in 1999 and her MFA in Fibers at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. In between, she spent two years studying traditional Japanese textile processes in Morioka, Japan. From 2005 to 2011, she co-owned and operated an international rug company based out of Sikkim, India and Seattle, WA. In 2012, Rachel was awarded a three-year residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, which began her shift to making art full-time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally in Thailand and Hong Kong and can be found in the collections of the Art in Embassies Program, Amman, Jordan; the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR; and in private collections around the country. Rachel lives and works in Western North Carolina.
ABOUT THOMAS SCHMIDT
Thomas Schmidt is an artist, designer, co-founder of Recycled China, and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary 3D Studio and Digital Fabrication at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Thomas received his post-baccalaureate certificate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics, at Alfred University. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri; the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy; and the Schein-Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York. The Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, one the world’s greatest art and design collections, has recently acquired one of his works. Thomas lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.