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Crystal Gregory

Crystal Gregory

Crystal Gregory

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About Crystal Gregory

Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates the intersections between textile and architecture. Gregory received her BFA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from the Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 she was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts. With this grant, she moved to Amsterdam where she took a role as Guest Artist at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally including Through the Thread at the Rockwell Museum of Art, Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Load Barring: The Art of Construction at The Hunterdon Art Museum and Crossover at Black and White Project Space, and has been reviewed in publications such as Hyperallergic, Surface Design Journal, Art Critical, and Peripheral Vision Press. Gregory is an Assistant Professor within the School of Arts and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky and currently shows with Tappan, as well as Momentum Gallery, NC.

STATEMENT 

"Architectural structures are fixed, and by nature, semi-permanent. Its opposite—collapsible, movable, pliable—can be found in textiles. By contrast, these mediums are disparate, but in comparison, the two share certain commonalities: the power to define space, create shelter, and lend privacy.


While my background is in weaving, I see myself as a builder. I use cloth construction as a fundamental foundation, a center I return to, again and again. Lines of thread laid through a warp mirror mirror geometric shapes in the construction of physical space. Through a pallet of building materials like concrete, metal, drywall, and glass, I explore the tension between the fluid and the rigid, pairing concrete, metal, drywall, or glass alongside in contrast to textiles. What results is the exposure of each medium’s instabilities. The presumption of fabric as “delicate” and structures as “stable” are questioned, explored, and reestablished. These gestures then allow the viewer to confront their own understanding of everyday utility in context and contrast." - Crystal Gregory

 

EDUCATION 

2013 Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2006 Jacquard Apprenticeship, Foundation Lisio, Florence, Italy

2005 Associates of Art, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS 

2017-Present, Assistant Professor, Art Studio, School of Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Art, University of Kentucky

2014-2017 Adjunct Professor, Fiber and Material Studies Department, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND TWO PERSON SHOWS 

2020, Fold Enfold Unfold, Crystal Gregory, Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC (forthcoming)

2018, Crystal Gregory, Rockwell Museum of Art- a Smithsonian Affiliate, Corning, NY curator Kirsty Buchanan, March 2, 2018-February 17, 2019

2017, Crossover; Alexa Williams & Crystal Gregory, Black and White Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2017, Crossover; Alexa Williams & Crystal Gregory, Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016, Phases; Alexa Williams & Crystal Gregory, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016, Selvedge; Crystal Gregory & Maeve D'Arcy, Ille Art, Amagansett, NY

2015, Crystal Gregory Defining Line, Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015, Always on Tuesday, Wix Lounge, New York, NY Crystal Gregory & Lee Hunter, R Jampol Projects, New York, NY Here Whether There; Crystal Gregory & Lee Hunter, Solo(s) Project House, Newark, NJ

2014, Crystal Gregory, Rietveld Glass Pavilion, Amsterdam, Holland, NL

2014, Crystal Gregory & Luke Ahern, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH

2014, The Space Between; Crystal Gregory, TI Artist Space, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Crystal Gregory, Fair Folks & A Goat Gallery, New York, NY

2009, Crystal Gregory, Manhattan Theater Source, New York, NY

2009, On the Fence, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2019, Interwoven, UK Art Museum, Lexington KY

2019, Woven Walls, Morgan Leehman Gallery, New York City, NY

2019, Soft Dedication, LocHal, Tilburg, Holland, NL

2019, Knows No Bounds, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019, Painted Thread, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2019, Teach/Taught, Meramec Contemporary, St Louis, MO

2019, Marking Time curated by Lisa Kriner, Rob Mertens, Pat Mink, LM Wood, and Miyuki Cook, James Madison University, Marshall University , Berea College, East Tennessee State University, and Elon University

2019, SOFA Art Fair, Momentum Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019, Patterning Resistance, Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY

2019, Family Reunion, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH

2018, Aqua Art Fair, Kathy Imlay Gallery, Miami, FL

2018, SOFA Art Fair, Momentum Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018, Welcome Home, The Galleries at Georgetown University, Georgetown KY

2018, In Residence, Haystack Center for Community Programs, Deer Isle, ME

2018, Beyond the Brush, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017, Ideographs, Point Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017, The Art of Construction, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

2017, Surface 4, Curated by Renée Riccardo, Brooklyn, New York

2017, Luster and Rust, New Haven, CT

2016, Warehouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016, Serious Moonlight, LongHouse Reserve Benefit, East Hampton, NY

2016, Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2015, Integral Structure, Schelfhaudt Gallery at The University of Bridgeport, CT

2015, Checkered History, Outpost Gallery, Ridgewood, Queens, NY

2015, The Shape it Takes, Ball and Socket, Cheshire, CT

2015, Working, Kathryn Markel Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2014, Repetition Rhythm and Pattern curated by Lindsey Landried; Space 4 Art San Diego, CA, Millsaps College Jackson, MS, TSA Gallery Brooklyn, NY, SPACE Gallery Pittsburgh, PA

2013, First Street Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2013, MFA Thesis Show, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012, New Work, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012, This House is Not a Home, Southside Hub of Production, Chicago, IL

2011, Recogllio, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Four Stories, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Art Connects New York, Vida Guidance Center, Bronx, NY

2010, Verge Art Fair, Manhattan, NY Pattern, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Connective Thread, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES, & SCHOLARSHIPS 

2019, Summer Research Fellowship, University of Kentucky, KY

2019, Albers Foundation Artist in Residence, Bethany, CT

2018, Guest Artist at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2017, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME

2017, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Program, Bronx, NY

2016, Artist-in-Residence, Maison des Métiers d'art de Québec, QC

2015, Vermont Studio Center, Residency Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT

2015, Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass, Nominee, Philadelphia, PA

2013, Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts

2013, Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art, Artist in Residence, Amsterdam NL

2011, Full Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship, Amherst, VA

2010, NYC Department of Transportation, Public Art Grant, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

PRESS 

2019, The Sensory Tethers You’ll Find in Textiles, by Seph Rodney, Hyperallergic, July 15th 2019

2018, Antigravity, Guest Artist Crystal Gregory Creates "Through the Thread" https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=7iFb-kEXoX4 Peripheral Vision No. 8, interview by Lucy McGuigan

2017, Material Synthesis: The collaborative art of Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams, by Roman Kalinovski, Art Critical, August 9th, 2017

2016, Devotion/Destruction Review, by Etta Sandry, textileartscenter.com

2014, Beyond the Surface, by Michael Milano, Surface Design Journal, Winter, 2014. (pp. 46-49) Crystal Gregory’s The Space Between, by Marty Wood, resonantcity.net

2011, Art in Odd Places: Sign by Ed Woodham, Erin Donnelly, and Radhika Subramaniam, New York Art in Odd Places, 2011. (pp. 93-94)

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION 

Tappan, Los Angeles, CA

Kathy Imlay Gallery, Mont Clair, NJ

Momentum Art Gallery, Asheville, NC

 

Crystal Gregory