Charleston Music Hall is set to present “You Should Sell That,” an exhibition featuring fiber art on found objects and gouache on paper by Camela Guevara, curated by Adam Eddy. The Opening Reception is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th from 6 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of the Music Hall.
The works include embroidered sparkle sponges featuring emojis and abbreviated phrases, evoking the language texted between romantic and life partners and circles back to domesticity in material. Embroidered shaker lids also touch on the unpaid labor in the home, which is a constant source of material and inspiration associated with stitchery and women’s work. Also included are expressive gouache paintings. Canvas covered pool noodles illustrate the artists way of taking everyday objects and creating whimsy in response to the mundane. No object is safe from the artist’s treatment.
Guevara has been teaching embroidery for over 5 years, starting at the now defunct Spacecraft Studios in West Ashley. She has a workshop at Cannonborough Collective [185A St. Philip Street] April 18 6:30-8:30 PM. Participants will learn foundational embroidery stitches on samplers designed and screen printed by the artist. $45 all materials provided, no experience necessary
The work for “You Should Sell That” is an exercise in consumerism, and comes from the compulsion to share and consequently monetize creative expression. The artist purchases items from stores and the Internet, embellishes them with fabric and embroidery and puts them on display, in an art commerce situation for the public. The artist finds the humor in the cycle of consumption that goes along with shopping as a leisure activity and finding quotidian objects to incorporate in her non-functional and playful soft sculpture. The work showcases the unique ability of the artist to subvert the mundane while also justifying their exploration via capitalism. The tongue-in-cheek works falls at the intersection of art for art’s sake and commerce, inviting the viewer to reconsider the objects we come into contact with on a daily basis.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Camela Guevara is a fiber artist and painter focused on materials and traditional sewing techniques. Her work results from a desire to record moments of introspection in embellished surfaces and soft sculpture that reference couture sewing, as well as abstraction in gouache featuring layered colors with delicate brush work. She is currently the Artist-In-Residence for the City of North Charleston sharing fiber art and painting with people of all ages.
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