“I weave and design clothing but wanted to experiment and get out of my long-time comfort zone,” says Natasha Nargis, the owner of Natasha Santa Fe, about her work in the show “Deconstructed/Reconstructed.”
Opening on June 29, “Deconstructed/Reconstructed” features pieces by a small group of artists, including a few architects, who enjoy the process of taking things apart and putting them back together in different ways.
“The idea for this exhibit came to me as I looked through boxes of black and white photographs I had taken and printed in the darkroom more than 10 year ago,” Nargis explains. “Taking something apart and creating something new has always intrigued me, so I carefully tore the old images, weaving them to create something new.”
Architect Carol Ware has designed jewelry for the show. “Jewelry to me is all about fun,” says Ware, an artist who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in architecture and also paints, sculpts and makes jewelry.
“The trusses from an architectural model are the inspiration for this body of work. At an architectural scale, trusses are bold and strong. At model scale, they become lacy and delicate. This is intriguing, so I have begun a series of explorations into making jewelry from these pieces.”
Architect Gregory Allen Waits uses the traditional stretched canvas to tell his story. Fabric is used to create a contour of movement, and string is used to highlight the shapes that form and create a sense of deconstruction.
“My work starts with emotion, humor and some gamesmanship,” says Waits, who studied architecture at the University of New Mexico and operates Waits Studio Works. “Program create a narrative and a process that begins to define the story, a poetry of events within the given frame or site. A space is called into question. The notation of an object, and where it wants to be to create place. A topographical location is inferred and how it might be approached by the eye.”
Other artists participating in the show are Derge Edlund, Karyl Dokos, Gina Telcocci and Penny Spring.