DSC_0006Haystack’s exhibition series is an outgrowth of the school ’s commitment to supporting the dynamic work being done by makers of contemporary craft and to the creative process implicit in that. These exhibitions are an incredible resource for the community—featuring work by internationally distinguished makers—and also provide an opportunity to learn about these makers’ creative process as well. Past exhibitions have included recycled and repaired Japanese textiles – to work by traditional artists from Northern New England – to works by artists whose creative process has been influenced by their time at, and association with, Haystack. The Center for Community Programs is open on Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. throughout the summer season, with informal receptions held every other Sunday afternoon. From time to time, we also schedule visits by appointment. These events, free and open to the public, attract a cross section of island residents and summer visitors, as well as our workshop participants.

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Summer 2016

Haystack mounted four exhibitions at the school’s Center for Community Programs in 2016.

Combat Paper NJ
May 27

Student Veterans cut up uniforms to be made in to paper. Photo courtesy of David Keefe.

Student Veterans cut up uniforms to be made in to paper. Photo courtesy of David Keefe.

Combat Paper NJ, a veteran-run arts organization based in New Jersey, led workshops in writing and visual arts for invited veterans at Haystack from May 23-27. The end of program exhibition featured some of the work made during these workshop sessions and readings and spoken word performances were also presented during the Friday, May 27 reception/show.

The 2016 Haystack Combat Paper NJ programs were supported by a grant from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The Measure of All Things: Recent Work by Ted Lott
June 4–July 8

Habitation #10 (2015), by Ted Lott. Wood, found object, electrical, 38" x 18" x 20".

Habitation #10 by Ted Lott, 2015. Wood, found object, electrical, 38″ x 18″ x 20″.

Working at the intersection between design, woodworking, and architecture, Ted Lott reveals and celebrates the logic of stick-frame construction, often incorporating found objects to create works that are simultaneously believable and fantastic; each intervention drawing a measure of its design from the object itself. Viewing woodworking through a broad lens, Ted Lott seeks to enliven our awareness of the spaces where we spend time and re-examine the objects we associate with. Based on the vernacular architecture of 20th century America, his work references stick-frame dwellings found in rural, urban, and suburban areas. This method of construction is emblematic of ourselves; ubiquitous but often hidden, common but mostly overlooked, simple, yet requiring its own set of skills and knowledge to execute successfully; each alike yet unique in its own way. tedlott.com


March wind (detail) by Eugene Koch.

Spring tide (detail) by Eugene Koch, 2016.

Eugene Koch—Recent Work:
Inside and Out

July 13–August 10

Eugene Koch has been making art at his Stonington, Maine studio on Deer Isle since 1987. He works with a variety of media with a primary focus on the intuitive manifestations of line. This exhibition featured paintings and drawings created over the past few years, some of which were made at a winter 2016 residency at Vermont Studio Center. Outside on the grounds of Haystack’s Center for Community Programs (located in Deer Isle village) Koch installed a number of his re-configurable “Free Range” sculptures. In keeping with the spirit of the sculptures, they were changed weekly in arrangement and site. Inside the gallery, there was a video documenting sculptures — installed for ten days at the low tide line on the shell beach at Haystack in November 2015. Gene Koch started working at Haystack in 1991, and has been the Facilities Manager since 2001. eugenekoch.com

Andrea Dezsö: Stone Wood Glass
August 17–September 30

Garden Beings II

Garden Beings by Andrea Dezsö, 2016. Stone Lithography Edition of 10 plus proofs.

Stone Wood Glass featured recent limited-edition prints on paper by Andrea Dezsö, created with experimental techniques using laser-etched woodblocks and embossment from etched glass plates, as well as that artist’s explorations of traditional stone lithography, silk screen, and digital printmaking. Andrea Dezsö’s site-specific vinyl mural was created on location at the Haystack fab lab. Although she previously had not thought of herself as a printmaker, Stone Wood Glass captures the powerful result of studio experiments achieved in happenstance collaboration with adventurous printmakers and innovators who responded to her question “what if…?” by lending their expertise with materials, technology and technique to produce these unique, striking prints. Andrea Dezsö acknowledged the generous support and collaborative spirit of the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Charles Cohan and Yoshimi Teh at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Saul Griffith at Otherlab, Matthew Liddle at Western Carolina University, Csilla Szilágyi, the Haystack fab lab, and Neil Gershenfeld at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. andreadezso.com


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