Kruger featured in Art Textile/Fibre Arts

Fibre Arts Australia has just produced the inaugural issue of a new textile e-zine that includes work by some of the world’s most innovative artists working in contemporary textiles. Volume 1 of the Art Textile/Fibre Arts e-zine presents short artist statements and two page spreads with work by eighteen artists from Australia, North America and Europe. Fibre Arts Australia is the organization that is also sponsoring the Art Fibre Biennale that will travel to three locations across Australia beginning in January 2021. Kruger’s piece Kimono, which also appears in the e-zine will be included in the Biennale.

MACO Museum Visit: Sept 23, 2020

Sandra and I flew to Oaxaca in September 2020 to deliver Abandon to MACO, the Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca. The piece will be included in the Bienal of Painting Rufino Tamayo and start the 4 city tour in Oaxaca. The show will conclude at the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City in 2021.

Kruger represents Mexico in Australia’s Art Textile Biennale

Deborah Kruger will be representing Mexico in the inaugural Art Textile Biennale 2021 that is sponsored by Fibre Arts Australia. The exhibition seeks to exhibit the best of international contemporary art textiles and includes innovative work that is rooted primarily in textile as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between textile and other creative disciplines.

The Biennale includes 28 artists from 13 countries and will travel to two locations in Australia.  The show will open at the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale, Victoria January 22 – March 5, 2021 and travel to Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in Toowoomba, Queensland April 3 – May 31, 2021.

The exhibition was curated by Charlotte Yde, one of the leading contemporary quilt artists from Denmark and Hannah Lamb a mixed media textile and installation artist from the UK.

The curators are Glenys Mann, a contemporary quilt maker and Nonie Sutcliffe, an innovative embroidery artist and art quilter.  Together, they are the moving force behind Fibre Arts Australia, which sponsors annual workshops with world-class teachers as well as exhibition opportunities. 

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Fibre Arts Australia founders Glenys Mann, Nonie Sutcliffe

North Carolina Artists Exhibition features Deborah Kruger

Hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC

Each spring the Raleigh Fine Arts Society based in Raleigh, NC, chooses a high level curator to jury their North Carolina Artists Exhibition. This year, Nat Trotman, Curator of Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City evaluated over 650 artists and chose 57 for the exhibition featuring the best contemporary artists of North Carolina. Since I have a studio in nearby Durham and consider NC my home base in the US, I was fortunate to be selected for this highly competitive exhibition.

The staff at CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) organized a wonderful day of events on Sunday March 8th, International Women’s Day. The artists were encouraged to come early for an hour of social media photo shoots. Not only did our family and friends contribute to the effort, but CAM hired two professional photographers who made sure to shoot each artist in front of her/his work.

Conflagration included in Juror Talk

The next event was a juror’s talk by Nat Trotman. Using two video screens on either side of the podium, he explained how themes emerged from the submissions.

I was pleased to be included in his presentation in a segment about environmentally conscious artists. Although I had fantasized about getting a prize (there were 4 cash prizes), it became clear to me during the talk that his expertise in time based art would influence his choices and indeed two video artists and one performance artist took prizes along with one painter of color.

However, the most thrilling moment of the evening was walking into the museum, ascending the stairs and being greeted by the signage and my piece, Conflagration, as the signature piece of the exhibition! That was prize enough for me.

Conflagration, is based on the map of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where fragmentation of rainforest nesting habitat threatens many bird species. While building Conflagration, the rainforests of Brazil were burning and I tied in a swath of flaming waxed linen and wire thread as an homage to the many species lost to this man-made disaster. 

Every show has so many behind the scenes work and stories and this one was no exception. Back in January, my assistant Sandra was finally granted a US Visa. She was able to deliver Conflagration to the museum two weeks before the show opened.

The thrilling moment!

There were two back to back openings…one for members and supporters and the next one for the general public including our friends and families. While there was growing concern nationwide about the Covid-19 virus, over 300 people turned out for the opening. 

Had it been scheduled for a week later, the museum would have cancelled it. We all felt very fortunate to be able to see our work installed and celebrate the honor of being in this excellent show.

Bette Levy on left of Deborah and Sherrie Lemnios on right

What are the odds?

And since we all know that the world is really a small place, I will end with a crazy coincidence that culminated with two friends attending the opening.

In late January, my husband and I were vacationing on the tiny island named Holbox off the coast of the Yucatan. Christian and his friend Dennis went to a sports bar to watch the Super Bowl. There they met Sherrie Lemnios, who was vacationing with one of her girlfriends. When she mentioned that she lived in North Carolina, he told her that I was having a show there in March.

The week after I got home, I received an email from a fiber colleague, Bette Levy, who lives in Louisville, KY. She said that her college friend Sherrie had invited her to visit in March so that they could both attend the opening.

Here you can see the three of us celebrating together. What are the odds?

Like you were there.....

I was so honored to have my piece Conflagration featured at the North Carolina Artists Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh, NC. Since the museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, they have asked the artists in the show to make videos in lieu of the public artist talks that had been planned. 

I just finished this video and invite you into my studio to talk about my work and process. 

It would mean a lot to me if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment. As you may know, comments really help people find my work. Thanks!

cobra and christian cropped
Artist and her husband Christian Robertson
Artist, Deborah Kruger with her daughter Aviva Emmons and son-in-law, Laney Emmons at the opening in front of Conflagration.

A few of my favorites:

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Lee Walton "Outliving My Life Insurance: Weekly Acts of Sustainability"
Clarence Heyward "The Second Child"
Gabrielle Duggan"Beach Hairs"
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Material/Process Exhibition

In November and December, the Durham Arts Council is presenting an exhibition titled Material/Process that includes five of my recent pieces. The other artists are Gibby Waitzkin, Holden Richards, Reni Gower and Jackie MacLeod. Rather than choosing a theme like Climate Change to unite the show, the Director, Susan Tierney, organized the show by including artists for whom process is a central part of their art practice.

Fiberart International Opening

Attending the opening for Fiberart International in Pittsburgh, PA was thrilling and inspiring. There were 55 artists from 8 countries in this 23rd triennial exhibition and about half of them were able to come to the events that were sponsored by the two galleries that hosted the show, Contemporary Craft and the Brew House.