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May 12 through August 8, 2015

Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center; Fountain Gallery, Lafayette; Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, Pao Hall

FABRICation features the work of 7 artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Natalie Smith) that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand.

Works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions.  Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics.  Whether painting, tapestry or construct, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.

The exhibition is being presented in all three Purdue University Galleries - summer hours:

Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment

Fountain Gallery, 330 Main Street, Lafayette
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon – 7 p.m.

Patti & Rusty Rueff Galleries, Yue-Kong Pao Hall (opening FABRICation on May 20)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment

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Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

The catalog for FABRICation may be purchased through the following link: