7th International Juried Exhibition
February 10 – April 16, 2017
Opening Reception: February 10, 6-9pm
Runway Show: HOUSE, February 4, 2017 house-performance.com
Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition of wearable art returns with innovative works in fiber, jewelry, and accessories by artists from around the globe chosen by an international jury. Wearable art differs from the world of fashion as being one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects that reference sculpture as much as clothing. Artists participating in this year’s exhibition are from Asia, Europe, both North and South America and Australia.
Featuring wearable art in all media, Wearable Expressions promotes the adornment of the body seen through the aesthetic lens of fine art. Wearable Expressions is established to promote the sharing of new visions and the exploration of innovative techniques and materials in art to wear.
Joris Debo, Belgium – creative director of Materialise, a provider of 3-D printing software and services, Debo is also the managing director of Revisited, an Antwerp and NY-based fashion label focused on creating minimal, effortless, and unique pieces.
Jo Ann C. Stabb, USA – Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Design Department, University of California, Davis, Stabb has taught contemporary fashion and design and the history of fashion, costume, and personal adornment for 34 years. She is the author of many articles on wearable art, a juror and curator for numerous exhibitions, and founding curator of the Design Collection at UC Davis. He also maintains an art practice, participating in national and international exhibitions of wearable art.
Beatrijs Sterk, Germany – publisher of Textile Forum Blog and former publisher of Textile Forum magazine, Sterk is the initiator of the European Textile Network (ETN), a European association that brings together textile professionals from diverse fields. She was juror for the 5th International Biennial of Textile Art (2009, Buenos Aires, Brazil); 8th Kaunas Biennial (2011, Kaunas, Lithuania); Rewind Personal Story (2015, Kaunas, Lithuania) and 6th European Quilt Art Triennial (2015, Heidelberg, Germany).
Robert K. Liu, PhD, USA – trained as an ethologist, Liu has written about personal adornment since 1974 as the co-editor of Ornament Magazine. He is self-trained as a photographer and jeweler and is the author of numerous publications, including his latest book, The Photography of Personal Adornment.
Charles Lewton-Brain, Canada – a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, Lewton-Brain is a teacher, author, and former President of the Canadian Crafts Federation. He is also a founder of the Ganoksin project on the web and a recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s most important arts award.
Anneta Valious, France & Russia – a renowned jewelry designer, Valious was a finalist and winner of the international competition Bead Dreams (2010-2015, Milwaukee, USA), and winner of the jewelry contest Beading Design (2012, Russia). She is an educator and the author of books on the art of soutache embroidery including Soutache Embroidery, (2012, Russia); Soutache, (2013, USA) and Beading All-Stars, (2014, USA).
Gabrielle – Participating as the organiser of Wearable Expressions, Gabrielle was responsible for choosing the jurors, pushing the call for artists. and working closely with Wearable Expressions artists. She is the manager of The Artists’ Studio at PVAC. Gabrielle is a practising visual artist and a published journalist, writer, and poet.
José O. Lemus – Responsible for organising the presentation of the exhibition and its companion runway show at the performance HOUSE, Lemus was born in Guatemala city, the son of a diplomat and grandson of a dandy. He was schooled in South America and boarding school with the Dominican priests in Andorra. José moved to Los Angeles with the appointment of his mother in Los Angeles as the Guatemalan Consul in California, and attended Otis College of Art and Design majoring in product development and design. His love of fashion began while working at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, and continued as a manager at Barneys at The Americana in Glendale before joining Paul Smith Los Angeles, where he is currently.
PRESS CONTACT: Scott Andrews, Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTIST CONTACT: Gabrielle, Wearable Expressions Curator at email@example.com
Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, a nonprofit community visual arts school and gallery, inspires individuals to create, appreciate and celebrate art. Since it was founded in 1931, PVAC’s exhibition, education and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.