Adaptation: Artists Respond to Change - a group show of contemporary fiber artists at browngrotta arts

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.

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), Kari Lønning (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), Naoko Serino (US), Karyl Sisson (US), Jin-Sook So (Korea/Sweden), Polly Sutton (US), Noriko Takamiya (Japan), Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan), Blair Tate (US), Wendy Wahl (US), Gizella K Warburton (UK), Grethe Wittrock (Denmark), Shin Young-ok (Korea), 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

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.

Reservations here

All photos by Tom Grotta, courtesy of browngrotta arts. Not to be published without prior permission.


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