To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part – Aldo Leopold
The works in Driftless Zone are inspired by Aguiñiga’s two-thousand mile voyage from Los Angeles, CA to Madison, WI, where she is spending the next four months as the Windgate Artist in Residence at UW-Madison Wood/Furniture Department. Initially struck by the subtleness of the Midwest topography, Aguiñiga is exploring the paradigm shifts that are related to her new topographical surroundings through weavings via mounds, depressions, gravity, texture and material.
Working predominantly in fiber arts, Aguiñiga’s works manage to find a space between art and design. Having grown up on the US/Mexico border where culture and tradition are often fluid, she is drawn to wanderlust and immersion in regions beyond her own as a way to understand visual identity and expand her design language.
The weavings created for Driftless Zone will explore the traditional use of rugs and wall-hangings in domestic environments, while drawing inspiration from the geological features found in the Driftless Area or Paleozoic Plateau, the region in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa noted by its deeply carved river valleys which escaped glaciation during the last glacial period.
[ tanya aguiñiga ]
Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based furniture designer and artist who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design, and is a current faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design. She created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists’ group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. She recently founded the group, Artists Helping Artisans, through which she helps spread knowledge of craft by collaborating with traditional artisans. Her work has been exhibited from Mexico City to Milan and she was named a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts.
[ volume gallery ]
Volume Gallery is an event-based gallery with a specific focus on American design, particularly emerging contemporary designers. Founded by design specialist, Claire Warner and Sam Vinz, formerly of Wright Auction, Volume Gallery releases editions, publications and exhibits that showcase the work of American designers to regional, national and international audiences. Visit [ volume gallery ] for information and upcoming events.
exhibition: [ driftless zone ] | volume gallery
reception date: 15 march 2013 | 6 > 8p | rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org 312 224 8683
installation dates: 15 march > 7 june 2013
venue: 845 west washington, ground floor | chicago
for additional inquires: Sam Vinz, T 312 224 8683 | email@example.com