Katherine Earle, Carol Paik ~ Miscreant Matter Curated by Connie Lee at JVS Project Space




The Exhibition, M from L-R, Artist Katherine Earle, Curator Connie Lee, Artist Carol Paik. Image courtesy Connie Lee and the gallery

With the exhibition Miscreant Matter, artists Katherine Earle and Carol Paik pose the question, “Can we capture all the discarded, rejected, degenerate, degraded and miscreant matter and repurpose it through these small acts of creation?” It appears so ~ today, Earth Day, is the perfect day for this post.

Carol Paik, Weaves; Katherine Earle, Tumeric Silk Crepe. Image courtesy Connie Lee

At first glance, a walk through the exhibition is a colorful, eclectic, artistic wonder. You are looking at what amounts to recycled objects ~ things we normally would toss away ~ trash turned into objects of art.

Below, Carol Paik during the installation of this exhibition. Her goal is to “create art out of unappreciated, overlooked, landfill-destined stuff.” Her weaves are made with materials, reimagined.

Carol Paik hanging ‘Weaves’ during installation. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Textile, fiber, and recyclable art is favored by the curator, Connie Lee, with her last collaboration at this gallery, the exhibition Up-Close, featuring artwork created with sand (from all over the world), paper, and discarded fabric and rope.

Carol Paik, Within Limits; Katherine Earle, Polygons. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Below, the artists take a moment to view the final installation of their work for this exhibition. From left to right, Katherine Earle and Carol Paik.

The artists, Katherine Earle & Carol Paik standing next to Pain’s piece, Within Limits during installation. Image courtesy Connie Lee.

This timely exhibition shines a light on the fact that New York City residents produce 12,000 tons of waste every day, buried in landfills, with a portion of recyclables.  A not-so-well-known fact is that many landmarks in Manhattan are located on landfill, including the World Financial Center, the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Battery Park City, the FDR Drive, the South Street Seaport, Ellis Island and Rikers Island.

Carol Paik, Rag Rugs. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Below are a few more installation views from the exhibition, Miscreant Matter, which opens Sunday, April 24th ~ or join the East Harlem Business Crawl on Saturday. This exhibition is the first stop.

Carol Paik, Difficulty Focusing on the Breath; Katherine Earle, Polygons; Carol Paik, Within Limits. Image courtesy Connie Lee.


Carol Paik, Weaves (found in the front room). Image courtesy Connie Lee.


Katherine Earle, Afterlife; Carol Paik, Quilt. Image courtesy Connie Lee


Back Room ~ Katherine Earle, Shibori Silk, Weave and Cyanotype. Image courtesy Connie Lee.

Above and below, Katherine Earle explores “the intricacy of the natural world and its ecosystems.”

Katherine Earle, Jelly Fish 8. Image courtesy Connie Lee


Installation view, Carol Paik, Katherine Earle. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Miscreant Matter related programming includes ‘Rag Rug Workshops‘ by artist Carol Paik. The workshops will be held on Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00pm on April 28th; May 5th; May 12th and May 19th. Attendees will learn to use the technique of braiding fabric to create abstract wall hangings and traditional Rag Rug or an abstract wall hanging. All are invited to continue on their own or join the artist every Thursday at the gallery throughout the exhibition. Bring: any fabric that is not too thick and can be cut into strips like t-shirts, shirts, bedsheets, dishtowels – and bring scissors.

Katherine Earle, Jelly Fish 3. Image courtesy Connie Lee.

In addition, related programming includes ‘What Is Fiber Art?‘ an artist talk with Stacy Bogdonoff, Katherine Earle, Naomi Lawrence and Carol Paik – 4 contemporary visual artists who work with fiber-based materials, moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Connie Lee, which will take place on Friday, May 13th from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

In the Back Room ~ Katherine Earle, Carol Paik. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Miscreant Matter is the second time that JVS and Art Lives Here have collaborated to bring an exhibition and supportive programming to the street level gallery space in East Harlem. The exhibition will be on view from April 24 to May 22, 2022 at JVS Project Space, 181 East 108th Street, Ground Floor, NYC. An Artist Reception will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 2:00 ~ 5:00pm.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00pm.

Installation view, Katherine Earle,  Jelly fish 7. Image courtesy Connie Lee

Want a sneak-peek? On Saturday, April 23rd, JVC Project Space and the exhibition Miscreant Matter will be the first stop on a five-stop Business Crawl Tour sponsored by Union Settlement Business Development and Buy Local East Harlem. Join the Crawl at 3pm. It is a Free event with Registration.

Follow Connie Lee and Art Lives Here on Facebook, Follow the curator back to her gallery, Living With Art Salon, for current exhibition ‘A Conversation Between Women’, works by twenty collaborating artist members, on view through May 31, 2022.

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