Monthly News & Updates
May 2021
GLG is honored to present a rare and intimate survey of works by Lewis Knauss
Lewis Knauss
“Spiked Horizon”
Woven, knotted / acrylic paint, hemp, linen
16″ x 16″ x 3″
Lewis Knauss
“Spring Returns”
Woven, knotted / acrylic, bamboo, paint, linen / 2018
Lewis Knauss
“Golden Bale”
Woven,knotted/linen,paper,twine,reed,acrylic paint/1996/
Lewis Knauss
“Storm King Grasses”
Woven, knotted / acrylic paint, bamboo, linen / 2012
Saturday, May 1 – June13, 2021
From of his youth in rural Macungie, Pennsylvania, an impulsive trip to Egypt, months-long
stays in New Mexico and Cape Cod, to his home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, recollection of place is Mr Knauss’s subject matter. He states being “increasingly conscious of how we create feelings of comfort from familiar places, the textile medium became my medium for expressing ideas about the importance of landscape.”
Winter fields, summer grasses, accumulations of reeds after a storm, and the scarring of a fire-charred landscape are points of inspiration for Knauss’s work. Using natural materials along with paint, beads, and wire, his meditative weavings are a visual diary of changing environments on a micro scale. Like the repeated walks that inspired them, his process of assembly is a time consuming one. Through intricately woven fibers, barely perceptible, perfectly spaced dots of paint, carefully tied and repeated knots, he patiently manipulates each successive layer, managing the spaces in-between, illuminating them, allowing them to breathe. Knauss transforms bundles of natural materials into intricately complex woven works of art. He notes, “I hope to reward the viewer’s scrutiny with a more intimate awareness of landscape, a reminder that time passes quickly and we should not rush through our lives, unaware of its cycles of destruction and renewal.”
Mr. Knauss received a BFA from Philadelphia University (Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science), Philadelphia, PA and an MFA fromTyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Mr Knauss is a Fellow of the American Craft Council, a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Craft Fellowship, he received a Lindbach Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania and is Professor Emeritus, Moore College of Art and Design.
Selected collections and exhibition venues: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (Fiber Art from the Permanent Collection); Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania (solo exhibit); Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Finnish Museum of Art and Design (Wood of the World); Zoelner Arts Center Gallery, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Natural Elements: Sculptural Expressions); Museum of Design, Helsinki, Finland; American Craft Museum, New York, New York; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California (Dorothy Saxe Invitational: New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table); Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Ledgers, solo exhibition); Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. (Miniature Fiber Arts, traveling exhibition); Musée des Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland (2nd International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, traveling exhibition).
On View: Johnathon Turner
Inspired by the California skateboard counterculture and graffiti art from the 1970s, Gravers Lane Gallery’s window installation by California (Santa Cruz) glass artist Johnathon Turner, explores how Turner has transformed the skateboard deck into a work of art. Turner studied Geology as an undergraduate and moved on to do graduate studies at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. During his graduate thesis, Turner received word that he had won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Canberra School of Art in Australia. His studies allowed him access to some leading talent in contemporary glass. Among them, the legendary Klaus Moje was the master in a technique called “Roll Up” which combined many complicated methods and skills working the hot glass, which then had to be cold worked, requiring hundreds of hours of grinding and hand-polishing. Turner has incorporated that technique, among others, in his current work.
10% of the sales of Johnathon Turner’s glass skateboards will be donated to The Skateboard Academy’s Summer Camp Program, which provides week-long skateboard instruction to underserved youth in Philadelphia.
Johnathon Turner
Kilnformed glass, wheel cut,
on metal base
34″ x 9″x 10″
Johnathon Turner
Kilnformed glass, wheel cut,
on metal base
31″ x 8″ x 9″
Johnathon Turner
“D a r n”
Kilnformed glass, wheel cut,
on metal base
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Large Jewel Bottles with stoppers by Vetro Vero Glass
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