fasten; join together
An installation and exhibition by Clearly... aka Tina Chavera
Exhibition: Oct 3rd – Oct 31st, 2015
Opening reception: Oct. 3rd, 2015 7 - 10pm
To fasten is to join together; an action that the artist has been using to crochet natural fibers into dread-locked pieces that are then carefully placed and positioned into the environment. As a process that is designed to mat single strands of hair into larger and stronger “locks”, it is also a symbol for something greater than what is perceived. It becomes a commitment, a journey, and it bonds those who have shared the process of altering themselves. Through shared experience this transformation transcends race, class, geographic areas, gender, and even species. This project is only made possible through the support of the dread community and donations from local alpaca farmers.
Drawing heavily from her street art background, Clearly (aka Tina Chavera) will transform Leon into an interactive installation with large scale sculpture, using alpaca furs, wheat paste, turmeric, and tape to create two opposing landscapes: a desert and an ocean.
Clearly (b.1981) is a street artist who has contributed a multidisciplinary approach to art in public places since 2005. She was born in Dallas, TX and has spent the last 8 years in Denver, CO. The artist’s real name is Tina Chavera, and she received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2013. In 2015 she completed her MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
She works predominantly with stencils, photographic wheat pastes, and fiber, but also large scale installations and sculptural elements. Her works have been featured at REVERSE in Brooklyn, the SVA Chelsea Gallery in Manhattan, and the Harlem Art Factory Festival, as well as Mary Weather Gallery in Oakland, CA, SprATX Collective in Austin, TX, and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas, TX.She is included in the Artist’s Collection at the Denver Public Library and has been featured on the pilot episode of “Broad City” on Comedy Central. Tina has also had the great opportunity to work with the artist Swoon and her studio on both “Motherlands” for Galerie LJ in Paris, and “Submerged Motherlands” for the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
Clearly artist statement:
“Women have always been in the streets… graffiti is just another way of advertising your soul instead of your body. I believe women, convinced of the possibilities of doing what they love, are extremely powerful.” Blue, in Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, by Nicholas Ganz, (London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2006), 24.
I started using spray paint as a medium in 2003 and it has been an honor and a privilege to make my mark alongside some of the great street artists of the world. I have discovered my individual voice through my relationship with the city in the practice of street art. It has allowed me to add my own personal contribution to the immediate surroundings and in turn share that with my cohabitants.
My work is the culmination of my experiences and collaboration with the street, an investigation of the individual’s place in the public conversation of the city. I am asserting my voice into the public conversation with a small piece of me, of my labor, born of my collective knowledge, gathered from a multitude of spheres of influence and packaged into tiny gifts for the street and its inhabitants.
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