Track 16, Los Angeles
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 28, 2009
Curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim
Opening Reception: Saturday Jan 10, 6-9pm.
Plastic Bag Crochet Workshop: Saturday Jan 17, 2-4pm.
Lecture on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: By Captain Charles Moore. Saturday Jan 17, 4-6pm.
The IFF's Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibition opened at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles on January 10th, 2009. The exhibition is by far the largest incarnation of the project to date and we are delighted to acknowledge all the immensely skillful and creative Contributors whose work collectively makes this such an incredible show.
Core Reef Contributors to the Track 16 Exhibition
Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim (CA, Australia), Daina Taimina (NY), Sarah Simons (CA), Evelyn Hardin (TX), Dr Axt (OR), Heather McCarren (CA), Helen Bernasconi (Australia), Marianne Midelburg (Australia), Barbara Wertheim (Australia), Helle Jorgensen (Australia), Anitra Menning (CA), Shari Porter (CA), Vonda N. McIntyre (WA), Ildiko Szabo (UK), Nancy Lewis (VT), Sue Von Ohlsen (VA), Rebecca Peapples (MI), Clare O’Callaghan (CA), Eleanor Kent (CA), Kathleen Greco (PA), Aviva Alter (IL), Catherine Chandler (IL), Nadia Severns (NY), Arlene Mintzer (NY), Anita Bruce (UK). With Alicia Escott, Erika and Monika Simmons, Pate Conaway, Paula Peng, Allie Gerlach, Spring Pace, David Orozco, Karen Frazer, Karen Page, Lynn Latta, Barbara Robinson, Kristine Brandel, Cindy Bennish, Diana Simons, Dagmar Frinta, Jill Schreier, Pamela Stiles, Barbara Van Elsen, Njoya Angrum, Siew Chu Kerk, Jessica Stapp, Kat Ramsland, Barbara Wakesfield, Amber Reyes, Ranu Mukherjee’s class at CCA, Katy Bevan, Rosy Sykes, Beverly Griffiths, Denise Quinn, Sara Noble, Lucinda Ganderton, Christina Bliss, Anna Mayer, Jemima Wyman, Elizabeth and Anne Wertheim, Trevor and Ryan Oakes. Plus unknown doillie makers and Chinese factory workers.
Also included in this exhibition is the amazing new People's Reef, a collective agglomeration of the Chicago Reef and the New York Reef:
- The Chicago Reef was created under the auspices of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago Humanities Festival. A full list of Contributors to the Chicago Reef may be seen here on the Chicago Reef page.
- The New York Reef was created under the auspices of the New York institute of the Humanities, the New York Crochet Guild and the Harlem Knitting Circle. A full list of Contributors to the New York Reef may be seen on the NY Reef page.
Track 16 Gallery: Bergamot Station C1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404, www.track16.com
This exhibition is supported by grants from the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Fund, and Bella Meyer.
This exhibition has been generously supported by grants from:
- The Peter Norton Family Foundation
- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
- The Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Fund
- Bella Meyer
Highlights of the exhibition include:
The Classical Section
- A stunning re-configuration of the New York Reef and Chicago Reef, here collectively named “The Peoples’ Reef”, conglomerated into one huge complex archipeligo spread out across the floor on a pool of black felt. This amazing installation took a team of people a week to curate, led by Anna Mayer, Jemima Wyman and Christine Wertheim.
- Dr Axt's huge hanging "Reefer Madness" plus and her beautiful new “White-icus Reef-icus, or Reefer Madness II” which is featured on the cover of the classical brochure.
- A new incarnation of the IFF’s “Ladies’ Silurian Atoll,” the giant, delicate ring-shaped reef that forms the core of the IFF’s classical collection and contains works by almost all our Core Contributors..
- The Bleached Reef (always an audience favorite), which here includes tiny new beaded crochet wonders by Nadia Severns, plus a mound of starched doillie crocheted by unknown Chinese factory workers, Marianne Midelberg’s red and white sea slug, Jill Schreier’s miniature beaded crochet corals, and many other amazements.
- Trevor and Ryan Oakes wondrous hyperbolic pseudosphere woven out of pipe-cleaners.
- “Diatoms” an exquisite animation of traditional doillie patterns by Sarah Simons
- The Chicago Cambrian Reef by Aviva Alter and companions (Jessica Stapp, Kat Ramsland, Barbara Wakesfield, Amber Reyes) showing in a new expanded version.
- Helen Bernasconi’s amazing 30 foot long hanging Hyperbolic Sea Snake.
- Nancy Lewis’s awesome wall hanging “monsters.”
The Plastic Section
• The Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef, featuring Kathleen Greco's luscious hot-pink Jelly-Yarn "sand” (installed in the gallery’s front window).
• A new incarnation of the Toxic Reef starring orange coral mounds by Christine Wertheim.
• Helle Jorgensen's beautiful "Rubbish Vortex" made entirely from plastic shopping bags.
• A brand new Blue Reef made from New York Times wrappers by Clare O’Callaghan.
• A brand new grove of extraordinary white spire tube-worm forms by Evelyn Hardin (a bleached masterpiece, curated here by Ann Wertheim).
• Hanging groves of video-tape kelps by Christine.
• A flock of miniature plastic jellyfish made from bin-liner bags by Margaret Wertheim
• Electroluminescent corals by Eleanor Kent (virtuoso “Granny-Tech”).
• The Midden: two years worth of Margaret and Christine’s plastic trash (curated here by Jemima Wyman); with painted seascapes on take-out boxes by Alicia Escott.
The Specimen Case:
A wall of handsome standing wood and glass cases (as in a natural history museum) displaying a large collection of works by many of our most skilled contributors:
- Nadia Severns “bottle trees”
- Arlene Mintzer’s miniature towers from her “Garden of Aqua Flora” Collection
- Tiny hand-dyed-wool corals by Dagmar Frinta
- Octopus forms by Helen Bernasconi
- Anitra Bruce’s extraordinary knitted-wire sea forms from her “Mutation” Series
- Tiny beaded Byzantine marvels by Rebecca Peapples
- Sue Von Ohlsen’s gorgeous, glittering beaded pseudospheres
- Beaded jellyfish by Vonda N. McIntyre
- Beaded kelps by Sarah Simons
- Black plastic Jelly-Yarn jellyfish flotilla by Arlene Mintzer
- JellyYarn anemone Snow-Globes by Kathleen Greco (a new pop-art wonder)
- Flourescent pink and green Coral Garden by Ildiko Szarbo (a psychadelic marvel)
- Pink and green architectonic hyperbolic planes by Anitra Menning