Gallery of Art, Craft, Design + Adornment
Location: 320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-1100
Event: Exhibit Opening: “Eclectic”: Metal + Mixed Media Constructs by JOHN GARRETT to coincide with the “Greenlight Pinellas” Second Saturday ArtWalk
Saturday evening, September 13, 2014 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: September 13 – October 25, 2014
Description: Internationally-recognized for his 30 years of fine craftwork from alternative materials, Las Cruces, NM artist John Garrett will open up the season with a solo show appropriately titled ECLECTIC. Garrett has worked simultaneously with two and three-dimensional formats to create his textile forms, which are always visually unpredictable and may combine woven, wrapped, plaited, riveted, painted, rusted, twined, nailed, stitched or tied processes. The materials used could be nails, buttons, washers, corks, plastic flowers, painted aluminum, copper, corn husks, bed springs, children’s building blocks, piano keys and even plastic curlers. Each work of art is a meticulously crafted, energetic and complex structure. He moves gracefully from constructing wall pieces to baskets, breathing new life into discarded objects. This exhibition will show a mix from his Curtain Series, Quilt Series, and suspended sculptures. Viewers will feel like they’ve entered a cornucopia of ordered chaos.
Biography: Currently a full time studio artist, John Garrett teaches workshops on creativity and experimental basketry at schools nationwide. [NOTE: He will be in St. Petersburg to conduct a two-day workshop on October 14 and 15, 2014, in collaboration between Michele Tuegel Contemporary and the Morean Arts Center]. Garrett attended Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College.) and later pursued a weaving class taught by Marion Stewart at Scripps College in 1970. His intrigue with the tools, systems and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions led him to graduate work at the University of California, LA. After many years teaching at a variety of institutions, in 1990 he returned to New Mexico to live in Los Chavez and Taos until settling in Albuquerque in 1996. He has continued to teach workshops nationally in creativity and alternative sculptural basket making. John has exhibited throughout the United States for over thirty years in hundreds of exhibitions, as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. His work has been widely acquired by museums and collectors.
His work is proudly represented through Michele Tuegel Contemporary in St. Petersburg, FL.