Beginning March 5 and running through April 17, Albany Center Gallery will feature original artworks by Jennifer Hunold + Sierra Furtwangler. Together, these artists capture two disparate approaches yet both straddle the line between popular culture using fiber as a dominant medium. The opening reception will be held on March 5 and the closing reception will be held on April 2, both on Friday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Brown Bag Lunch Discussion will be held on Thursday, March 11, from Noon - 1 p.m.
Jennifer Hunold, a recent graduate from SUNY Albany's Master of Fine Arts program examines domestic relationships that are emotionally and psychologically complex. Her fanciful embroidered renderings on cloth of domestic architectural spaces teeter tot between the conventional 1950's immaculate lifestyle and emotionally charged present day domestic relationships. Her work draws from matriarchal traditions such as the sampler, quilting and tapestries establishing a dialogue between drawing, painting and embroidery. "Building on this kinship, I utilize the traditional history of embroidery to create images that straddle the line between craft, kitsch, and contemporary art". Hunold has exhibited her work at Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady, NY, Terra Nova Gallery, Troy, NY, Blank Honor's Center at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Fulton Street Gallery, The Pen and Brush, Inc. in New York, NY and Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY.
Sierra Furtwangler is a native of Washington State who moved to the Albany area to attend graduate school three years ago. While influenced by the painting of Heironymus Bosch and Fransisco de Goya, her work also references and draws from comic books, tattoo culture, 1980's LA punk rock lore, horror movies, Catholic iconography, taxidermy and biological illustration. Furtwangler is a current Masters of Fine Arts student at the State University of New York at Albany, NY and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. She has exhibited at the Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY, The Lion's Lair Gallery, Spokane, WA and Constant Creations Gallery, Spokane, WA.