de Young Artist Studio

Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Artwork by Adele Crawford

September 3, 2014September 28, 2014

Following the Thread
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday nights until 8:45 pm
Artist Reception Friday, September 26, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

Adele Crawford's work investigates transience and impermanence. Drawing from an ever-expanding collection of commonplace materials, she explores elements of past and present. Selecting obsolete things, such as photographs from the 1800s, vintage books, or personal papers, she alters their appearance and creates for them a new intention. Process drives her work, which is slow, reflective, and repetitive as she dissects, alters, and reconfigures.

Crawford often uses letter writing as a way to jumpstart her day in the studio. Over the course of her residency, Adele will write a letter to us all directly on the walls of the gallery. Visitors are invited into the gallery to create something tactile, unique, and personal—a handwritten letter to themselves that will become part of an on going installation.

Crawford was raised in a small town outside of Philadelphia surrounded by natural beauty and lots of American history. She reports that watching the yearly re-enactment of Washington crossing the Delaware is still a vivid memory. When she was 15, her grandfather presented her with an Encyclopedia of Business and Social Forms,  published in 1882, which had belonged to her great-grandmother. Since then, she has embraced empherma and the scent of aged paper. Her Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors have passed on to her the allure of thread and the use of one’s hands to create from the heart.  Global travel has expanded her wonder and curiosity about herself and the world.

www.periscopeproject.org
www.adelecrawford.com

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Artwork by Viviana Paredes
October 1, 2014November 2, 2014
yarn-covered train seats
December 3, 2014January 4, 2015

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program. Additional support is provided by Hang Art Gallery.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Posted by Cynthia Inaba on July 6, 2010 - 2:38pm
One guest during my residency mentioned that he liked the larger canvas of a vest better than, say, a small pouch. I think I smiled and nodded at the time. It was towards the end and my desire to take up each and every teachable moment had waned somewhat. I've slept some now so: I don't make my work for entirely decorative reasons.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:40pm
On the way past the bandshell I noticed that the puddle the squirrels were drinking out of yesterday had dried up. Fog all gone... It's quite hot actually.  More feathers.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 28, 2010 - 2:37pm
It's been a long month and my brain is getting sluggish. Fortunately there were many people I liked around today.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 25, 2010 - 3:03pm
Another magical foggy day. This time with tomatoes and raspberries. Well, that and my first official day without Mr. Horse. I knew it was going to be difficult so I brought fruit. Fruit and Knopfler and Clapton... I also had Intern Extrordinaire Mlle. Megan. Bob the sitting ball was there too. Life could have been harder. Still... even with all of that and the buffalo hunt on the wall...

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