On The Verge
Solo Exhibition | Crit Streed
Main floor gallery
Main floor gallery
Exhibit Info & Statement
February 28, 2022 - May 21, 2022
On the Verge
"Art helps us to reflect. Some artists look at nature to make a drawing, I go to nature to see my drawing.
My approach is a sentient process, slow and methodical while spontaneous and responsive. This drawing process generates structures that are oddly familiar yet enigmatic in reference.
The performative aspect of my drawing approach is to track time by hours, by days or by events, pursue perfection and therefore question it, cultivate an intuitive reflex and indulge my analytic nature. I am aware of the thin skin of mark making as an extension of myself. It offers me perceptual substance, embodies desire, and reveals knowledge. I am intrigued by the interconnections I find between drawing, nature, events and experiences. When I considered my nature, I am nature and the forms are sourced in an action of that nature. They are my curiosity, my investigation and my wonderment. The result is for the drawing to be, rather than to be about.
I AM WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC: a birch bark series
Birch bark is sustainably harvested with no harm to the tree. After being introduced to traditional birch bark weaving of elegant functional objects, I admired the organic skins of the sourced bark. Responding to the aesthetic exuberance inherent in each section I use minimal weaving to accentuate the natural."
About the Artist
Crit Streed was born in Iowa, explored much of the world, and continues residency in Iowa. She is a long standing member of A.I.R. a women’s cooperative gallery showing there and other venues such as Kathryn Markel Gallery, Galapagos Art Space, Black&White Gallery all in NYC. Crit Streed is Emeritus Professor of Art and has been awarded both university grants, Iowa Arts Council grants and several funded national artist residencies. In 2019 (BC) she held a 6 weeks residency in Cadaqués Spain at Bene Nota in the heart of Mediterranean nature and surrealist ideology. Never calculating how a drawing takes it’s shape, Streed continues to draw to be amused, amazed and even at times dismayed in what the drawings reveal ever cognizant of the absolute interrelationship of all things.