Q&A with Gary Komarin
Understanding the Complex Relationship between Textiles, Artistry and Femininity
The art of textiles spans centuries and all different cultures around the world, its evolution is aptly woven throughout human history. The immense diversity that textiles offer in utilisation and aesthetics has formed a complex weave of culture, artistry, industry and politics that we are still understanding and learning from today. Since the very early stages of textile fabrication, its functionality has developed alongside expression and artistry. People have decorated and embellished their garments, objects and homes to represent their traditions and to depict their stories. They express their narratives as well as their great craftsmanship, skill and creativity.
When textiles eventually reached industrial production and became part of the domestic sphere, there were certain constructs that developed. The domesticity of textiles became intrinsically associated with women and their place in society, opinions surrounding this relationship varied from positive ones to those that are entirely repressive. In terms of the reputation of textiles within the arts, the industrial and utilitarian characteristics of the practice has affected its status in the world of contemporary fine art.
Many contemporary artists have used textiles to communicate their designs and the intimacies of their personal lives. Anni Albers tested the limits of industrial textile processes and limited expectations of female designers, and Louise Bourgeois expressed the gritty but emotional realities of human experience with her embroidery and textile work. Anne von Freyburg is another artist with a fresh take on textile art - she claims all of the connotations of femininity and the decorative and then magnifies them in her bright and psychedelic works.
There is evidently a diverse and complex capacity to textiles, it becomes a medium which can be used to express and translate the most intricate of stories and experiences.
From 18th Century Paris to Today
The salon can be defined as a place or setting that offers the potential for people to meet, it allows for a unique environment of socialisation and education where ideas about arts, literature, politics and current affairs can be discussed and debated. Throughout history, there have been many derivations of the salon which existed all across Europe from the 14th to 18th century.
A dive into the current state of the art world’s relationship with NFTs
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique and non-interchangeable datum stored on a digital ledger (blockchain).
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have become increasingly popular within the art market in the past couple of months. The rapid rise of the use of cryptocurrencies and the ability to purchase digital art with them has opened a pool of various opportunities for stakeholders within the art market. Both sellers and buyers are looking to understand what the rise of NFTs means for the art world and what are the next steps that they should be taking ito stay current with the market. This article will shed more light onto the rise of NFTs, their current and potential uses, and how Neon Gallery’s directors and artists is integrating this technology within the gallery.
The Evolution of Printmaking - 5 min read
The immense power and significance of print as artistic media can be traced back more than five centuries. Print is, perhaps, one of the most democratic mediums to exist in art history – which has made it one of the most popular and accessible forms of artistic expression. Over the years, a variety of techniques and technologies have been developed to execute prints. And these days, with the ubiquity of home and office printing devices, it’s easy to mistake the act of printing something with the artistic process of making a print. Neon Gallery recognises the power of art prints, and we are proud and honoured to join that great legacy as we present our first-ever print release: the outstanding Virtually Fragile #17 by Josh Rowell.
It should go without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for both day-to-day life as well as business as whole. From a global pandemic to significant human rights movements…current events invite us to think about how we move forward, both as individuals and as a community, in a way that will allow us to prosper in our private lives and achieve our commercial targets. Fear not, at Neon Gallery we have you covered on both fronts! So, sit back and enjoy this quick and easy summary we’ve prepared highlighting the top 3 reasons why investing in art is a wise plan that will pay significant personal and professional dividends.