“Earth, Sky, and In-Between” Opening Reception
HVCCA is proud to present a solo installation by fiber artist Leslie Pelino. Working with salvaged materials- loose thread, ribbon, beads, buttons, flamboyant fabrics of silk, wool and chenille, plastic tubing and metal, Pelino creates a world steeped in memory and nostalgia. Each element has been handled and passed from person to person, generation to generation, interweaving memories, materials and space, down to the antique loom on which the artist shuttles and collapses time. Scraps evolve into visual stories rich in imagination and tailored for individualization.
Leslie’s desire to create is irrepressible. Her process consists of what she calls the “three thrills”. The chase gives purpose to her ever-roving eye as Leslie searches side roads and secondhand stores for the abandoned, unappreciated wild-looking thing that would have ended its’ days in a landfill. Her deconstructive process removes the objects original purpose. The big surprise comes from recombining all in a whirlwind of frenetic spontaneity. Leslie thrives on not knowing how a piece will turn out for it is impulse and intuition that guide her. Objects teeter on her studio table as she adds and subtracts, winds and unwinds, caught up in the joy of assembling a visual and tactile wonder, recycling and resurrecting that which lived in one form and now has adapted to another.
Pelino’s installation, in its spirit, its complexity and its connections between elements that defy relationality, speaks to the spirit of the overarching exhibition ‘Between I & Thou’. Based on the thesis of the great 20th century philosopher Martin Buber, and drawing on Kabalistic beliefs in the future restoration of a world united and at peace, ‘Between I & Thou’ incorporates interchanging solo presentations that speak to this hope for the future.
Pelino’s installation is one of these individual statements/installations, designed to instigate poetry, discussion, thought, dialogue and performance as she weaves a new, whimsical and perfect world where disparate elements live together to create something new, something harmonious: beauty with a twist of the grim, humorous while empathic, playful yet grounded, soulful while dour, frenetic yet narrative rich and awesomely silent.
6:00 PM: Steve Lewis: Poetry reading inspired by the installation of Leslie Pelino.
There will also be a musical performance by Bibiana Mathis and John Gibson. Bibiana Huang Matheis is an artist, curator and a pianist. For the past few years, she has collaborated with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Gibson, recording a series of instrumental piano improvisations, accompanied by his guitar, cello and tanpura. Both Matheis and Gibson are excited to pay at Leslie Pelino’s opening. Their music can be described as Modal Jazz for piano and guitar, from light and playful impromptu pieces, to dark and brooding neo-Baroque fugues. The improvisations reflect the eclectic musical influences of the musicians, spanning the worlds of Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk and World Music.