Sculpture/ Textile: Warren Seelig
July 12 – 17
Thinking Textile/ Constructed Surface – Textile is a unique phenomenon in the world of contemporary art and material studies where surface is inherently a three dimensional, sculptural plane. This highly experimental course will consider the possibility of constructing surfaces through either known or invented processes using materials chosen by the student of every conceivable kind. Each participant will first develop unique “material sketches” through processes of accretion and repetition which may include wrapping, binding, connecting, attaching, twisting, knotting, piercing, and layering. Students will be challenged to construct and build, bit by bit and cell by cell, a visual field which is physical, tangible and sensational. All levels welcome.
Warren Seelig lives and works in Rockland, Maine. He holds the rank of distinguished visiting professor in the Craft & Material Studies program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches, curates and writes on various subjects related to material thinking. He received a BS from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seelig has twice received individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been included in more than 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Korea with many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He has lectured extensively, including programs at the Korean National University of the Arts, The Gerritt Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. Warren was elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and also served as a member of its board. He also served on the board of Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. In 2018 Seelig was awarded a Barr Foundation/ United States Artist Fellowship. warrenseelig.com