Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Transfiguration: Woven Forms

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will present Transfiguration: Woven Forms by Jennifer Zackin from February 2 – March 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

A reception for the artist will take place Wednesday, February 2 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the gallery located in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

Transfiguration: Woven Forms presents new sculptural works created by Jennifer Zackin during the pandemic. In this body of work, Zackin takes a deeper dive into her Vortex Weavings. Mathematically speaking, a vortex is a three-dimensional ring or doughnut shaped-object around which energy can flow. As it spins, a vortex forms through its central axis. This pattern can be found throughout the universe in hurricanes, galaxies, and atoms.

In the 7 Chairs series, featured in this exhibit, Zackin uses late 20th century lawn furniture and three tractor seat stools as armatures for imaginary 3-dimensional landscapes woven from materials including colorful rope and scraps of fabric and become gravity-defying underwater-like worlds, mountain ranges, escape hatches, and refuges.

The artist’s ongoing Vortex works are woven with various materials – often cotton rope – on large cube-shaped looms. For the current exhibition, Zackin has created Phoenix, a 44”x44” loom onto which she has woven a fabric made from her own old clothing, piecing together bits and scraps to create a new, cohesive, multidimensional form. 

Visitors to the gallery are invited to bring an article of clothing to be woven into a community Vortex project. Over the course of the exhibition, through the interweaving of parts of our personal history, a unique collective fabric will begin to emerge. 

For the last 22 years, Jennifer Zackin has been integrating public art, sculpture, installation, performance, collaboration, ceremony, photography, video, collage and drawing into acts of reverence and reciprocity. Her work has been exhibited in national and international museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Conn.; Spertus Museum, Chicago, Ill.; Rose Museum, Mass.; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.; and the Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. For more information about Zackin including commissions visit jenniferzackin.com.

For more information about the exhibition or reception, email Darlene Farris-LaBar, professor and chair of art + design and gallery director at dfarris@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3813.

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