ROVE : a two part installation opened concurrently on August 6th 2015 at Glass Box Gallery and LOVECITYLOVE's 7th & Cherry location. Performance installation works were live streamed and projected from one location to the other. People around the world were invited to view the entire exhibition remotely from set up to tare-down.
Rove : a journey, especially one with no specific destination; an act of wandering.
Roving : a continuous strand of loosely twisted and drawn fibers, such as wool, flax, silk, or cotton, ready to be spun.
Rove is the artist’s process of creation after loss. Rove's expression is part static and part kinetic. The static is a series of large scale woven works fueled by raw, emotional, and honest states of discovery through pattern and repetition. The fiber roving in these works tethers artist Meghan Shimek to her life’s earthly journey after the recent death of her father and the deterioration of her marriage. Abrupt endings, security as an illusion, interconnection, and the dangers of a comfort zone are explored through animal fiber, sound and movement.
Through the kinetic act of ROVE, multidisciplinary artist Babette DeLafayette's durational performance invoked memorized emotional patterns, bodily borders and subconscious activation. Sound artist Earnie Ashwood played 4 improvisational pieces in reaction to Delafayette's performance. This performance occurred at LOVECITYLOVE and was projected onto a woven animal fiber environment at Glass Box Gallery.
“The physical world is diaphanous. It’s like music. When you play music, it simply disappears, there’s nothing left. And for that very reason it is one of the highest and most spiritual of the arts. So in a way you might say that transiency is a mark of spirituality. The more a thing tends to be permanent the more it tends to be lifeless. We can’t even find any stuff out of which the physical world is made. We recognize each other. I see you now and I recognize that I’ve seen you before, but what I’m really seeing is consistent pattern. Let’s suppose I have a rope and this rope begins by being manila rope and then it goes on by being cotton rope, then it goes on with being nylon, then it goes on with being silk. So I tie a knot in the rope and I move the knot down along the rope. Is it as it moves along the same knot or a different knot? There’s nothing in the physical world that is what you might call substantial. It’s pattern and this is why it’s spiritual. To be non-spiritual is to impose upon the world the idea of thingness, of substantiality. That is to be involved in matter, to identify with the body. To believe that the body is something constant and tangible. The body is actually intangible. You cannot pin it down. It’s all falling apart. It’s aging and getting older, therefore if you cling to the body you will be frustrated. The material world, the world of nature, is marvelous so long as you don’t try to lean on it. So long as and you don’t cling to it.” - Alan Watts, The Veil of Thoughts
About the artists :
Meghan Shimek is a weaver and fiber artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates the natural beauty of her surroundings, the memory of quiet snowy nights, and the sound of the stream running under her home into every weaving. Meghan has been trained in traditional tapestry and Navajo weaving techniques; she incorporates raw fibers and objects to create abstract and textural wall hangings. Meghan also teaches beginners weaving workshops using looms that she designed.
Omni-disciplinary artist and creative entrepreneur Babette DeLafayette founded the art production company The Pendleton House in 2013. She has joined forces with visual artist John Marc Powell to form a creative entity that focuses on their practice called Activated Environments. Her work has be presented at Velocity, On The Boards, Cornish College Gallery & Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, LoveCityLove, Hedreen Gallery, Steel Gallery at Gage, LxWxH Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, and Decibel Music Festival.
Curated by Jessa Carter, photography and documentation by Jessa Carter