Threewalls is proud to present work by recently exhibited artists Fraser Taylor and Jovencio de la Paz at EXPO Chicago 2015, held at Navy Pier from Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20. Specially created for EXPO, highlighted will be a recently completed set of collaborative mixed-media artworks by Taylor and de la Paz entitled Bitter Answers. Featuring motifs drawn from each artists’ own personal work, the Bitter Answers series represent their shared interests in uncommon figuration and enigmatic forms, containing both drawn and collaged elements. Additional artwork from each artist will also be on view and available for purchase, including Taylor’s dimensional suspended canvas works (Scalloway, 2014) and a set of de la Paz’s Batik and indigo-dyed Monuments, 2015.
Also on view will be the latest in our Community Supported Art Chicago edition series, The Tabletop Collection. Featuring limited edition artworks by Laura Davis, Assaf Evron, Julia Klein, Sabina Ott, and Stephen Reber, The Tabletop Collection is inspired by the concept of a miniature sculpture garden and comes packed in collectible CSA Chicago crates.
Scottish by birth, Fraser Taylor’s art and design work has been exhibited throughout the United States and United Kingdom, as well Australia and Japan. He was included in 80s Fashion from Club to Catwalk at The Victoria and Albert Museum (2013); worked in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell on the production design for Interface, presented at the Baryshnikov Art Center, New York and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012-13); and has two upcoming solo shows: Shadowed Valley at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Arts, Shetland, Scotland and Bodies of Work at The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2015). His work has been included in multiple publications on fashion, design and textiles includingStreet Style, British Design in the 80s by Catherine McDermott and 1980s Fashion Prints by Marnie Fogg. Taylor’s work is numerous private, institutional and corporate collections. Since 2001 Taylor has taught in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout the 1980s Taylor was a principal in The Cloth, an interdisciplinary design studio that designed textiles for clients in the fashion industry, including Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent and Bill Blass, as well as producing their own ready-to-wear collection sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Fred Segal, Isetan, Seibu, Browns, Harrods and Liberty of London.
Jovencio de la Paz was born in Singapore, and became a citizen of the Unites States in 1994. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Department of Fiber, in 2012. He has exhibited work at The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; MessHall, Chicago; Uri Gallery, Seoul, South Korea. among others. Currently, he is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. He is also a co-founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, established in 2010.
Since 2011, Threewalls has been at the forefront of a national movement to create sustainable models to support artists and to make contemporary art more affordable and accessible. Community Supported Art Chicago is a yearly art subscription of engaging, innovative, and locally produced art. The program is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive a regular payout of produce. CSA Chicago works in a similar way—but instead of vegetables, shareholders receive limited editions by artists who live and work in Chicago.