Grants Awarded2016 | Visual Art | United States
for a six-month fellowship to research contemporary art practices and meet artists and curators in the United States
"Open Threads" at TOPAZ ARTS features textile-based work by two artists, The GedAze Project, traversing a lineage of contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of textile. Together, both artists have a common thread – from materials and process, to their interest in engaging viewers to interact with the work – the tactility, both a reflection and reminder of familiar objects, and the stories bound within.
Philippine artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong have been engaging in a series of collaborations named The GedAze Project. TOPAZ ARTS provided a Summer Residency for the artists to create new work both individually and collaboratively." Open Threads" is the culminating exhibition and is their fifth collaborative show.
Aze Ong, a visual and performance artist from the Philippines, is currently on her 6-month ACC Fellowship researching contemporary art practices and meet artists and curators in the United States.
Grantee: Aze Ong
A collaboration by Ged Merino and Aze Ong both working with textiles "The GedAze Project" creating an interactive and immersive installation of an imaginary map using crochet, knotting and repurposed textiles incorporating photo images of "Places-Objects-Relationships-Memories via a participatory process through social media. A performance by Aze Ong using her crocheted installations will activate the opening exhibit
"Stitching Boundaries" is made possible by the Queens Council of The Arts from The New York City City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council with support from the Drawing Room Contemporary Art
Grantee: Aze Ong
The Topography of Living
In describing boundaries, the works of artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong refer to the qualities of textile and thread - fibrous. Boundaries are fibrous in structure and in system. They are constructs emerging from personal, cultural, and political domains spun together into solid lines on the maps. And like these solid lines they are drawn to suggest and identify, but in reality, never to actually define. Exploring boundaries through fabric and thread is a method of contrasts. Fiber diffuses as much as it filters. Ged and Aze ask: what are the limits of boundaries?
The artistic practices of Ged and Aze are as much narrative as they are material. Their experiences of a life in transit has them familiar with a particular kind of map, one that grows, shrinks and changes through footsteps that are not always their own. Ged’s work draws from the metamorphic act of memory, where fabric both protects and changes the current experience of the past. Aze’s work is experiential in its dynamic forms, enacted through the dedication in her craft and the further layers she creates in her performance. Both artists incorporate external elements into their work: found objects, other people’s objects of recollection and images.
Steadfastly rooted in the condition of living, the artists navigate and create spaces of exchange ever-present at the edge of the boundaries. In their work, each stitch is a wall as much as a window, and every thread a line of connection.
“Stitching Boundaries “is made possible by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York State Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
with support from The Drawing Room Contemporary Art and The National Commision for Culture and the Arts
Grantee: Aze Ong