Lenses and Filters: A view through the needle's eye
Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Dates: May 11 to July 22, 2012
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How we, as artists, perceive the world affects that which we create. Do we observe the world through rose-colored glasses? Do we use blinders? Do we dare take a look at the unfiltered reality of that which we experience or perceive? We may look through a microscope or telescope. We may peer through a wide lens, or perhaps instead focus on the smallest detail. We may interpret our vision using pencil, paintbrush, sewing or knitting needle, crochet hook, dye pot, loom or technology. Our work may be large or small, portrait or landscape, realistic or abstract, flat or 3 dimensional. In whatever approach we choose to take, the created work portrays a glimpse into the worldview by which we see. Do we like what we see through the lens or must we alter it? The work submitted will reflect one’s perception, as it is filtered through the unique lens of the artist.
Susan Brandeis is Distinguished Professor of Art and Design at North Carolina State University. She holds an MS from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Kansas. Her artwork has been pictured in leading publications in the field and has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Colombia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and in the 14th Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. She has received three artist's fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council.