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The Textile Arts Center, in partnership with The Vanderbilt Republic, presents DUALITY, the 8th Artists in Residence exhibition, on view from the 19th to the 22nd of October, 2017 at the Gowanus Loft. Opening Reception October 19, 6-9PM Artists’ Talk: October 22, 7PM Gowanus Loft 61 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 The Textile Arts Center is pleased to present DUALITY, the final exhibition of the 8th cycle of Artists in Residence, on view from October 19th to the 22nd at Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn. “Understanding not as concepts of Either/Or but as And/Also: Simultaneously existing, with many ways of viewing and understanding.” DUALITY presents the work developed by the seven artists in residence at the Textile Arts Center, from October 2016 to June 2017. During the 9 month residency, using fiber as a medium and/or starting point, the artists researched and explored the dichotomies present in their work and within the group, addressing concepts of time, transformation, materiality, space, intimacy and potentiality. Artists in DUALITY are ANDREW BOOS, ISABELLA AMSTRUP, MARTHA SKOU, MIA DANIELS, REBEKAH BASSEN, SARAH FINKLE, and VIEN LE WOOD. ABOUT TEXTILE ARTS CENTER Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility founded in 2009, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. ABOUT TAC’S ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Textile Arts Center’s Artist in Residence (TAC’s AIR) program equips emerging artists and designers with resources and skills to better articulate their practices and contribute to their communities. TAC’s AIR program is one of the world’s leading residency programs, focused on textile arts. Situated at the intersection of a studio residency and an academic program, TAC AIR combines studio access with a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, regular critical dialogue and mentorship. Over the course of 9 months, the residents study weaving, knitting, and surface design, along with textile history, modern craft theory, and professional development. Structured bi-weekly critiques are moderated by some of today’s leading textile artists, curators and innovators. The program culminates with a group exhibition, which showcases the work developed at the Textile Arts Center. Since 2010, TAC AIR has graduated over fifty artists and designers. Our alumni are involved in a broad range of arts activities, including arts education, women’s international development, social activism, fashion and tech entrepreneurship, fine arts, regional makers movements and local community development initiatives. ABOUT VANDERBILT REPUBLIC & GOWANUS LOFT The Vanderbilt Republic (“VR”, est. 2009) is a creative agency based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The agency was formed to catalyze the impact of creative expression in all modes. VR sees artists as leaders, activists, and agents for positive change. Through their work with the creative diaspora VR offers boutique solutions in: creative production, design & direction; artist representation; landscape projection design. George Del Barrio (b. 1976 Queens, NY) is VR’s Founder × Creative Director. A collusion between Ashton Worthington Photography and The Vanderbilt Republic, Gowanus Loft (est. 2012) is a project space dedicated to the expansion and expression of creativity in all forms. Her 3000 ft sq project space has successfully nurtured a broad range of creative productions, from theatrical cabaret to camera obscura, and much more. All Loft installations are supported by VR creative/production.