bewilder

Brece Honeycutt "bewildered: yellow haze," 2017, Eco-dyed damask textile, eco-dyed thread

new work by Brece Honeycutt

also on view:
“sound series” by Audra Wolowiec
a new print edition published by Norte Maar

Mar 25-Apr 23, 2017

Opening reception: Sat, Mar 25, 4-8pm

Hours: Weekends 1-6pm | always by appointment

Directions:
Norte Maar, 88 Pine Street, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
JZ Train to Brooklyn. Crescent Street Stop

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Norte Maar is pleased to present bewilder: new works by Brece Honeycutt. The exhibition will feature new works in textile, mixed media, monoprints and sculpture that spark a conversation about the history of the textile, the object, and the living present of “nature” and our relationship to it. A fully-illustrated catalogue with essay by Anne Swartz will accompany the exhibition. Also on view will be “sound series,” a series of four collages by Audra Wolowiec, prints of which were published in 2016 by Norte Maar and marked the organization’s first commissioned print edition. An opening reception for both artists will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 4-8pm. Exhibition will be on view weekends from 1-6pm and by appointment through Sunday, April 23.

For nearly three decades, Brece Honeycutt has explored the natural world through handmade traditional methods: weaving, stitching, sewing. While these methods harken back in time, the artist has found cleaver and subtle ways of maneuvering and inserting the story of her time.

“bewilder,” a recent series of unfolded eco-prints are made from reclaimed linens that are dyed naturally with plants gathered from the land around her studio in Western Massachusetts. While dying these textiles, she folds leaves and other materials staining the textile into poignant abstractions. Some read like landscapes. Like many traditional weavers’ patterns that have a specific reference to the locations and histories of the peoples that made them, Honeycutt’s works spark a conversation about the history of the textile, the object, and the living present of the environment around her.

“On my walks, I often feel bewildered—amazingly lost in the wilderness, seeking signs and writing down observations. Marking the season by the buds and blooms on the trees, the return of the hooded mergansers to the pond, and the skunk cabbage popping up in the frozen winter ground. I seek the tracks of the bobcat, deer and hare in the snow and delight in finding wisps of wasp nests scattered along the road. Morning walks provide fodder for later work in the studio, bring me closer to what is in bloom, and root me to the 18th century farmhouse where I live.” – Brece Honeycutt

“winterfield,” features “drawings” in silk cotton thread hand stitched into white handkerchiefs. The seemingly wondering way of the stitch mimics the wondering walks the artist takes daily near her studio that rests in the shadow of the Berkshires and just steps away from the Appalachian Trail. The imagery reveals animal tracks in the snow or thin shadows of field grass and fallen branches. There is stark purity to this series, a contemporary contemplation towards emptiness.

The exhibition will also feature new sculpture and an installation of 24 works from the artist’s “grater series”.

Also on view will be “sound series” a collage works by Audra Wolowiec, prints of which in an edition of 25 were published in 2016 by Norte Maar and marked the organizations first commissioned print edition.

Recently profiled in BOMB Magazine, Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her poetic sound installations and experimental language scores often use the gap, space or breath in between speech—not as forms of negation, but as complex generators of meaning. In 2011, Norte Maar presented the artist’s first installations related to her intense investigation into sound.

About Brece Honeycutt.
Brece Honeycutt makes nature-based and history-based drawings, sculptures and installations. She received a B.S. in Art History from Skidmore College and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University.

Her installations have been placed in university campuses, historic houses, inner-city parks and in office buildings, libraries, urban markets and galleries. She collaborates with artists, students, historians, gardeners, poets, and dancers.

In 2017, she will participate in two group exhibitions Strange Flowers curated by the painter Elisabeth Condon (Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY) and Wood curated by Cory Card at View (Old Forge, NY).  In 2016, her work was included in group exhibitions, including: The Warmth of Winter National Arts Club (New York, NY), Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, The Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY), SHIFT: Environmentally Responsible Print Practice, McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Ontario) and Connections: Scotland and Italy, Lillie Art Gallery (Milngavie, Glasgow, Scotland).

Norte Maar has had a long relationship with Honeycutt. In 2015, Norte Maar produced Tobacco Hour, Honeycutt’s book collaboration with poet Dara Mandle. A major commissioned  work was featured in Norte Maar’s exhibition To be a Lady: a survey of historic, mid-career, and emerging women in the arts in 2013. And in 2009, Honeycutt’s new drawings were featured in DRAW: Vasari Revisited or a sparing of contemporary thought.

About Audra Wolowiec.
Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her poetic sound installations and experimental language scores often use the gap, space, or breath in between speech—not as forms of negation, but as complex generators of meaning.

Wolowiec’s recent performance and typeface design semaphore, in collaboration with composer Jesse Mejía and CHOIR, Maurann Stein, and the Jaramillo Neuroscience Lab took place at the University of Oregon, supported through the Oregon Arts Commission’s Percent for Art in Public Places program:  https://soundcloud.com/audrawolowiec/semaphore. It will be featured in the upcoming show Tonal Shift at Station Independent Projects in NYC.

Wolowiec’s work has been shown internationally and in the United States at MASS MoCA, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art in General, Norte Maar, Studio 10, REVERSE, The Poetry Project, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Center for Performance Research. Featured in BOMB, Modern Painters, Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Time Out NY, Sound American, and reductive journal. Residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Complex Systems Art and Physics Residency at the University of Oregon. She was the inaugural Artist Educator in Residence at Dia:Beacon and currently teaches at SUNY Purchase and Parsons School of Design. She is based between New York City and Detroit.

In 2011, Norte Maar presented the artist’s first installations related to her intense investigation into sound.

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