Three New Exhibitions Featuring Lia Cook, David R. Harper and Stephen Schofield
April 9 - October 17, 2010
Person Place Thing showcases the tactile, large-scale works of Lia Cook, David R. Harper and Stephen Schofield. The portraits in Person Place Thing reveal both intimacy and distance; and create connections between artist, viewer and artwork. Cook, Harper and Schofield use nimble combinations of craft and concept to detail relationships among people, places and things.
Person Place Thing is where textiles and sculpture meet. Cook, Harper and Schofield make work that is physically demanding and large in scale — wall-sized weavings of children’s and doll’s faces; sculptures of embroidered and taxidermied animals; and massive human figures made of textiles frozen in time. They draw the viewer into woven, embroidered and sewn narratives of nature, identity and history.
Lia Cook is a professor of art at the California College of Arts in Oakland, where she has dedicated herself in as a teacher and colleague since 1976. She was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1997 and has received numerous awards including a Gold Medal Award at the 5th International Fiber Art Biennale (Beijing, China) in 2008, as well as the Excellence Award at the 1989 International Textile Competition (Kyoto, Japan). She actively exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Cook is represented by Browngrotta Arts (Wilton, Connecticut), Nancy Margolis Gallery (New York), and Perimeter Gallery (Chicago).
Toronto-born artist David R. Harper is currently working towards his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His drawings, sculptures, embroideries and installations have been shown in solo exhibitions across Canada at Stride Gallery (Calgary), ODD Gallery (Dawson City), the Art Gallery of Acadia University (Nova Scotia), and MKG127 (Toronto); and in group exhibitions at: the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cambridge Galleries and the Cape Breton Centre for Crafts and Design. Combining embroidery, taxidermy and sculptural practice, Harper’s sculptures speak to the intersections of personal and universal mythologies, gender relationships, and identity.
Stephen Schofield has presented drawings, sculptures and performances across Canada: at the Power Plant, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Biennial, the National Gallery of Canada, Dalhousie Art Gallery and the Musée nationale des Beaux-arts du Québec. He has shown in France at the CAC de Vassivère, L’Aquarium and the CREDAC; and in New York at the Sculpture Center, White Columns, John Weber Gallery and Horodner Romley Gallery. Schofield has also presented outdoor sculptures at the Toronto Sculpture Garden and on l’Ile Ste-Hélène in Montréal. He received the Louis Comtois Prize in 2005. Using the body as a basis for production, Schofield investigates issues of corporeality and the human condition. The artist is represented by Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal).