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Wilton - United States

Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change

Wilton From April 19, 2021 to July 31, 2021

Presentation
Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change
In person viewing: May 8 - 16, 2021
Adaptation will continue online through August 15, 2021

Artists make changes in their art practice for many reasons — a move from one country to another, interest in a new technique, a change of physical or personal circumstances, and, of course, the preoccupations wrought by a global pandemic. At browngrotta arts' Art in the Barn exhibition this Spring, 45 artists explore the theme of change and its influence on their art in Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change.

If you need the in-person details:

Exhibition Hours

Opening

Saturday, May 8th - 11am to 6pm

Sunday Hours:

Sunday, May 9th - 11am to 6pm

Weekday Hours:

Monday, May 10 to Saturday, May 15th - 10am to 5pm

Sunday Hours

Sunday, May 16th - 11am to 6pm

Make an appointment on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adaptation-artists-respond-to-change-tickets-148974728423


Safety protocols:

15 visitors/hour • Appointment and mask required • Socially distanced path through the exhibit • Contact-less check out for art and catalog sales.



Press Release

browngrotta arts is pleased to announce their Spring 2021 “Art in the Barn” exhibition, Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change. The exhibition looks at the myriad ways artists change direction or their practice in response to changed circumstances like a move, a health issue, a shift in personal circumstances, or, more recently, a global pandemic.

“Over the last year, by necessity, we’ve grown more introspective, more insular and more aware of our interconnectedness,” note the exhibition’s curators, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown. “We’ve had to acknowledge our permeable national boundaries, shared air, the limits of personal space.”

The artists who work with browngrotta arts have coped with the changes the pandemic has wrought in various ways — moving locations, taking up art photography, taking new inspiration from nature. Their responses were the impetus for the theme the gallery will explore in the exhibition but these recent adaptations reflect just some of the many reasons artists make changes in their art practice.

Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change also explores situations such as when a material becomes unavailable (willow) or a new one suggests itself (fiber optic, bronze, copper, steel, kibisio, akebia), a move in the US from the East to the South or from one country to another or from the city to the desert, a change in physical abilities (allergy, injury), an altered personal relationship, or a commission opportunity or an exhibition challenge.

For Yasuhisa Kohyama, for example, it was a natural disaster that led to a new artistic approach. In 1982, he lost his kiln to heavy rains. As a result, he changed his sculpture from Japanese traditional shapes to sculpted works made from large blocks of Shigaraki clay.

Irina Kolesnikova found her work changing in response to this year’s events when travel and trips to museums and galleries came to an end. “Suddenly, life was put on pause, our social circle reduced to the size of our immediate environment,” she says. “In these circumstances, I felt a need to dive deeper into myself to realize the direction in which I should act and work.” The result was a series of small works, Letters from Quarantine in which small handwritten fragments are layered or mixed with scraps of printed texts and with large letters or numbers created with a brush.

Sara Brennan and Keiji Nio found images from nature influencing their work as they were forced to remain indoors. Trees that Brennan had driven by each day on her former commute appeared in her work. Nio found images of brightly colored plants an inspiration, transforming them into brightly colored fabric tapes from which he braids three-dimensional forms. Polly Sutton took a short detour, the result of not being in the woods gathering and not thinking about showing work led her to explore some new ideas involving lashing new materials onto the cedar she customarily uses. Adaptation will include two of the baskets that resulted. They are truly period pieces, reflecting a specific time. Sutton says that now, “I am more centered so am back to more intentional work with rusted cedar.”

For Ane Henriksen, change resulted from a move from the countryside to the city. Relocated to Copenhagen, she found and gathered loads of lost gloves and mittens along the cycle paths. The work that resulted paralleled her personal transition to city dweller. “From this poetic waste material – a kind of urban fall – new growths can arise,” Henriksen observes. In her piece for Adaptation, she makes gloves float between threads resulting in a kind of Urban Growth.

Artists include Adela Akers (US), Polly Barton (US), James Bassler (US), Zofia Butrymowicz (Poland), Sara Brennan (UK), Pat Campbell (US), Włodzimierz Cygan (Poland), Neha Puri Dhir (India), Paul Furneaux (UK), John Garrett (US), Ane Henriksen (Denmark), Kazue Honma (Japan), Tim Johnson (UK), Lewis Knauss (US), Nancy Koenigsberg (US), Yasuhisa Kohyama (Japan),Irina Kolesnikova (Russia/Germany), Lawrence LaBianca (US), Gyöngy Laky (US), Sue Lawty (UK), Jennifer Falck Linssen (US), Federica Luzzi (Italy), Rachel Max (UK), John McQueen (US), Mary Merkel-Hess (US), Norma Minkowitz (US), Laura Foster Nicholson (US), Keiji Nio (Japan), Gudrun Pagter (Denmark), Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila (Venezuela), Mariette Rousseau-Vermette (Canada), Heidrun Schimmel (Germany), Hisako Sekijima (Japan), Karyl Sisson (US), Jin-Sook So (Korea/Sweden), Polly Sutton (US), Noriko Takamiya (Japan), Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan), Blair Tate (US), Eva Vargo (Sweden), Wendy Wahl (US), Gizella K Warburton (UK), Grethe Wittrock (Denmark), Carolina Yrarrázaval (Chile).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog #51 of the same title.

browngrotta arts is located at 276 Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT
Opening: Saturday, May 8, 1pm – 6pm
Exhibition Hours: May 9-16, 10am – 5pm daily
www.browngrotta.com

Advanced time reservations are mandatory. To ensure the well-being of all visitors and staff, there will be a maximum capacity of 15 visitors per time slot. Surfaces will be disinfected between reservations. Masks will be required.

For all media inquiries, contact State Public Relations at (646) 714 – 2520 or browngrotta@statepr.com.

About browngrotta arts
For over 30 years, browngrotta arts has been advancing the field of contemporary fiber arts by curating and exhibiting renowned contemporary artists who celebrate the exploration of fiber art techniques and drive the unique possibilities of soft materials. Representing many of the artists who have helped define modern fiber art since the 1950s, browngrotta arts reflects the cultivated eye and intellect of its directors, husband and wife team, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown.

Founded in 1987 in Wilton, Connecticut, browngrotta arts showcases unique sculptural and mixed media works with an emphasis on concept, supported by technique. The focus of the work is on the materials and the technical mastery of the artist as intrinsic to the significance of the work, prioritizing aesthetic value over utility. Museum-quality artworks by more than 100 international artists are represented through art catalogs, art fairs, co-partnered exhibits at museums, retail spaces, and an online gallery.

Twice a year for 10 days, the founders open their private home – a two-story barn built in 1895 expanded and contemporized by architect David Ling in 2000 – for “Art in the Barn,” a unique salon-style exhibition. Over 3500-square feet of space with a viewing vista of 55’ allows for experiencing works that reflect complex illusionary space. The 21’ high ceilings permit the installation of tall sculptures and two free-standing walls enable dramatically shaped fiber structures best hung off the wall. The living environment also grants the artwork to be shown in situ. browngrotta arts has published 50 art catalogs and placed works in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum.
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Mariette Rousseau-Vermette, Mortaises Rouges dans le Noir, Painting

Mariette Rousseau-Vermette

Mortaises Rouges dans le Noir, 1970
84 x 90 x 2 inch
Painting

$35,000

Paul Furneaux, Orange, Blue and Black, Sculpture

Paul Furneaux

Orange, Blue and Black, 2015
23 x 1 x 1.75 inch
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$5,200

Jennifer Falck Linssen, Falling Light, Sculpture

Jennifer Falck Linssen

Falling Light, 2021
28.5 x 19.5 x 2.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,600

Dawn MacNutt, Ithaka, Sculpture

Dawn MacNutt

Ithaka, 2006
108.5 x 21 x 24 inch
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$15,000

Polly Sutton, Shady Lane, Sculpture

Polly Sutton

Shady Lane, 2006
16 x 12 x 9 inch
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$4,000

Sara Brennan, Old Yellow Bands - series IV, Painting

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Carolina Yrarrazaval, Azul, Sculpture

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Variant, 2021
30 x 20 x 4 inch
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John McQueen, Real, Sculpture

John McQueen

Real, 2018
55.5 x 36.75 x 3.5 inch
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Miracle, 2006
56.5 x 47 x 6.5 inch
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Paul Furneaux, Black Tree City, Sculpture

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$15,550

Jin-Sook So, Red Untitled, Sculpture

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Shin Young-Ok, Circle of Life, Sculpture

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Circle of Life, 1999
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$380

Sara Brennan, Journey Trees III, Painting

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8 x 8 x 1 inch
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$3,200

Carolina Yrarrazaval, Tonos Rojos, Sculpture

Carolina Yrarrazaval

Tonos Rojos, 2009
56 x 21.5 x 0.5 inch
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$11,200

Yasuhisa Kohyama, Ceramic 13, Sculpture

Yasuhisa Kohyama

Ceramic 13, 2001
14.9 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Noriko Takamiya, Revolving Six Element Kyougi, Sculpture

Noriko Takamiya

Revolving Six Element Kyougi, 2012
6 x 6.75 x 6 inch
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$800

Neha Puri Dhir, Forest Fire, Painting

Neha Puri Dhir

Forest Fire, 2017
20.25 x 18.625 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$3,800

Gizella Warburton, Ecchos i, Sculpture

Gizella Warburton

Ecchos i, 2021
26.75 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,800

Tim Johnson, Keeping Time Basket - Dark Cypress, Sculpture

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15 x 18 x 16 inch
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$5,000

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Pangaea, 2021
46 x 29 x 1.5 inch
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$3,200

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Mandala IV, 2012
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$3,000

Irina Kolesnikova, Letters from Quarantine 5, Painting

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Letters from Quarantine 5, 2020
16 x 11.5 x 0.25 inch
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$1,400

Sara Brennan, Journey Trees IV, Painting

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Journey Trees IV, 2021
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$3,200

Carolina Yrarrazaval, Rojo Sobre Noche, Sculpture

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Rojo Sobre Noche, 2020
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Federica Luzzi, Macramé Red Shell 1, Sculpture

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13 x 11 x 9.5 inch
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$10,600

Noriko Takamiya, Linkage of Living, Sculpture

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4.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 inch
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$540

Polly Barton, Brass Balls, Painting

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39 x 31.5 x 2 inch
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Gizella Warburton, Ecchos iii, Sculpture

Gizella Warburton

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Sculpture

$2,600

Tim Johnson, Keeping Time Basket - Light Cypress, Sculpture

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$5,000

Norma Minkowitz, Catch and Release, Sculpture

Norma Minkowitz

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24 x 24 x 0.5 inch
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$8,000

Irina Kolesnikova, Letters from Quarantine 7, Fine Art Drawings

Irina Kolesnikova

Letters from Quarantine 7, 2020
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$1,400

Lewis Knauss, Old Technology Landscape, Sculpture

Lewis Knauss

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$5,200

Carolina Yrarrazaval, Rojo Sobre Atardecer, Sculpture

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Rojo Sobre Atardecer, 2020
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Wendy Wahl, Vespa, Fine Art Drawings

Wendy Wahl

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$3,500

John Garrett, New Age Basket No. 4, Sculpture

John Garrett

New Age Basket No. 4, 2009
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$4,500

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Rachel Max

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12 x 19 x 10 inch
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Carolina Yrarrazaval, Rojo, Sculpture

Carolina Yrarrazaval

Rojo, 2007
77 x 23.5 x 0.5 inch
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$8,000

Grethe Wittrock, Bubble, Sculpture

Grethe Wittrock

Bubble, 2017
71 x 16 x 1.5 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Norma Minkowitz, The Seekers, Sculpture

Norma Minkowitz

The Seekers, 2021
27 x 17 x 17 inch
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$12,000

Irina Kolesnikova, Letters from Quarantine 6, Painting

Irina Kolesnikova

Letters from Quarantine 6, 2020
16 x 11.5 x 0.25 inch
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Paul Furneaux, Garden Shadows : City Shadows, Sculpture

Paul Furneaux

Garden Shadows : City Shadows, 2021
21 x 55 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$22,200

Karyl Sisson, Fractured Red III (red), Fine Art Drawings

Karyl Sisson

Fractured Red III (red), 2020
29.25 x 40 x 1.5 inch
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$6,000

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Sue Lawty

Triginta Annis, 2017
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Chiyoko Tanaka

Permeated Black-Three Squares, Black and Black Gradation #912, 1990
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$4,000

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Carolina Yrarrazaval

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$12,800

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Adela Akers

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$6,400

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$32,000

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$4,500

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28.5 x 19.5 x 2.5 inch
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$2,600

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Zofia Butrymowicz

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37 x 34 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$25,000

Polly Sutton, Black Bee, Sculpture

Polly Sutton

Black Bee, 2020
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Sculpture

$3,900

Rachel Max, Endless, Sculpture

Rachel Max

Endless, 2016
10.75 x 12 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$3,750

Carolina Yrarrazaval, Mineral II, Sculpture

Carolina Yrarrazaval

Mineral II, 2001
77 x 23.5 x 0.5 inch
Sculpture

$12,000

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Gyongy Laky

Traverser, 2016
22 x 22 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$34,000

Tim Johnson, Keeping Time Basket - Combed Reedmace, Sculpture

Tim Johnson

Keeping Time Basket - Combed Reedmace, 2016
13 x 14 x 13 inch
Sculpture

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