Friday, March 11, 2011

Erin M. Riley's tapestry-- her talk coming up this week at NGCSU

The latest issue of Fiberarts magazine (Spring 2011) has an article about the tapestry work of Erin M. Riley.  Her work is described as "...beautiful but (showing) arresting glimpses of a generation out of control."

More information about the artist talk to be held on March 24 at NGCSU:

Artistic Freedom of Speech: A Conversation with Stanley Bermudez and Erin Riley
Wednesday, March 23, 6-7:30 pm
Rm. 407, Hoag Student Center, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA
Erin M Riley, a tapestry weaver who lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, and Stanley Bermudez, a multi-media artist who teaches at Gainesville State College, will be speaking on artistic freedom of speech on Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm, in 407 Hoag Student Center on the North Georgia College & State University campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts and Liberty Tree Initiative.
Riley’s hand-woven tapestries have been exhibited internationally, her work has been featured in such magazines as FiberArts and New American Painting, and she has completed several artist-in-residencies. She will be talking about the Internet and how image, video, and text sharing has been brought into a personal sphere. images meant to be private or images taken without the subject’s permission but sent as mass texts, posted on blogs, Facebook and websites devoted to "late night mistakes" can be devastating. While acknowledging that, Riley is also interested in how these pictures can be used constructively.
Bermudez, who works in pastels, paint, clay, and metal, has had work exhibited throughout the United States as well as Venezuela. He enjoys expressing himself through a variety of media in art that reflect his interest in artistic traditions of the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, where he was raised, and in characters from history, literature, music, politics, religion, and family. Bermudez will be speaking on his experiences with censorship and the relationship between censorship and his art.

With Erin's permission to post, here is one of her tapestries:

Three Strikes, 2010, 36" x 25"

Erin is currently artist-in-residence at McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC.  Here's a campus map of NGCSU; the Student Center is building 3 on the map:

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