Figure/Ground: Curating Waterweavers
Jorge Lizarazo, Susana Mejía, José Roca, Gregory Volk

Date

Friday, April 11, 2014

Time

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Place

38 West 86th Street

COST

$25.00 General Admission
$20.00 Students and Seniors

212.501.3011, programs@bgc.bard.edu

Description

6:30 pm reception
7 pm lecture and conversation 

In its conception the Waterweavers exhibition began by exploring a strategy referred to by curator José Roca as “figure/ground,” an idea that describes the connections between immersive wall-based artworks and functional objects placed at the center of each gallery. In this conversation, moderated by art critic Gregory Volk, José Roca will discuss the development of this idea and its final realization in the exhibition with the artists Susana Mejía and Jorge Lizarazo.

Jorge Lizarazo is a designer and founder of Hechizoo, a weaving atelier based in Bogotá, that makes contemporary textiles using traditional methods.

Susana Mejía is an artist whose work in the exhibition centers on the investigation of natural pigments in the Colombian Amazon. With the assistance of indigenous communities, she has identified eleven botanical species and the processes used to dye natural fibers.

José Roca is Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate Modern in London and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá.

Gregory Volk is an art critic, curator, and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

In its conception and installation, the Waterweavers exhibition introduces a curatorial strategy referred to by José Roca as “figure/ground,” with immersive environments presented on the wall more sculptural pieces at the center of each room. In this conversation, moderated by art critic Gregory Volk, exhibition curator Roca and Waterweavers artists Susana Mejía and Jorge Lizarazo will discuss the evolution of this process and the challenges of contextualizing a diversity of artworks within the distinctive spaces of the BGC Gallery. 

José Roca is adjunct curator of Latin American Art at Tate Modern in London and artistic director of FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá.

Susana Mejía is an artist whose recent work centers on the investigation of natural pigments in the Colombian Amazon. With the assistance of indigenous communities, she has identified eleven botanical species and the processes of alchemy that enable their use in dyeing natural fibers.

Gregory Volk is an art critic, curator, and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

Jorge Lizarazo is a weaver and founder of Hechizoo, a weaving atelier based in Bogotá, Colombia, which produces custom made textiles for rugs, upholstery, window treatments and architectural meshes. 

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