Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 2pm to 4pm
Artist Talk and Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 at 2pm
Drawn to the marginalized in society who are often overlooked, artist Linda Colsh depicts elderly subjects in layered figurative scenes silkscreen printed onto fabrics she alters with ink, dye, and paint then stitches into textile artworks. Observing aging residents in towns and cities around the world as they pass unnoticed through crowded streets, the artist re-imagines their stories in a series of fiber works that reflect both the vulnerability and strength of those living on the edge of society. Having returned to the U.S. in 2014 after living abroad for 26 years, Colsh is presenting Seeing the Unseen, her first solo exhibition in the region. The quilted surfaces, traditionally considered a source of warmth and comfort, are where the Maryland artist manipulates scale, repetition, texture and contrast with bold surface designs dominated by a restrained neutral palette to focus our attention on the anonymous figures representing an often invisible segment of the population.
BlackRock Center for the Arts presents Seeing the Unseen from Saturday, January 7 through Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Kay Gallery. The center will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, January 7 from 2pm to 4pm where the artist will deliver brief remarks and be on hand to answer questions. Linda Colsh will return to BlackRock on Saturday, February 4, the last day of the exhibition, to deliver an Artist Talk and Gallery Tour along with artists Julia Dzikiewicz and Michael Fischerkeller who are presenting concurrent exhibits at the nonprofit arts center located in Germantown, MD. The reception and artist talk events are free and open to the public.
About the Artist:
Linda Colsh earned her M.A. and B.A. in Art History from University of Maryland (College Park, MD). Colsh’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at Visions Art Museum (San Diego, CA), Galerie In Vorm (Stevoort, Belgium); Strassen Szenen (Freiburg, Germany); and Textilmuzeum (Budapest, Hungary) and in juried group exhibitions which include Fiber Philadelphia: “Outside/Inside the Box” (Philadelphia, PA); “Riga International Textile & Fibre Art Triennial” (Riga, Latvia); “Three Artists” Galerie Holtrop (Tilburg, Netherlands); “Art Quilt Elements” (Wayne, PA); “Quilt National” (Athens, OH); “Fantastic Fibers” (Paducah, KY); “The Art Quilt Experience” (Cazenovia, NY); “European Quilt Triennial” (Heidelberg, Germany); and “Fabric of Legacies Exhibition” (Fort Collins, CO). The award-winning artist’s work is included in numerous private and public collections. Colsh currently maintains her studio practice in the Middletown, MD. To learn more, visit: www.lindacolsh.com
- Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm
The Kay Gallery is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.