Dimensions: 10″ x 10″
Media: thread on stained canvas
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Nava Lubelski’s work is about hybridizing seemingly opposite ideas, such as art/craft, conceptual/formal and destructive/creative. Lubelski focuses on the contradictions and commonalities between the impulse to destroy and the compulsion to mend, juxtaposing acts of destruction, such as spilling, shredding and cutting, with painstaking, restorative labor. Her works combines painting and sculpture with aspects of traditional craft techniques, such as embroidery, lace-making and paper cutting.
Nava Lubelski was born and raised in New York City and is living currently in Asheville, NC. Lubelski’s work has been included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan, and has also been shown recently at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and the Queens Museum of Art in Queens, NY, where her work is part of the permanent collection. Lubelski’s 2009 solo show at LMAKprojects in New York was reviewed in the New York Times, which referred to Lubelski as being “in the category of artists who ‘paint’ with thread.” She has also had two solo shows with OH&T Gallery in Boston and additional 2009 exhibitions included shows in Stockholm and Berlin. Lubelski was a featured artist in the book Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art, published in 2008 by Black Dog Publishing in London. She has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Lubelski received a degree in Russian Literature & History from Wesleyan University in 1990 and spent a year as a student in Moscow, Russia.
Quotes from the press:
…her embroidery on a sullied tablecloth was a highlight of Pricked at the Museum of Arts and Design -The New York Times
…lacey creations are imbued with Abstract Expressionist verve -The Village Voice
She gives dramatic substance to the unintentional and renders chance permanent. The results are strangely thought-provoking, painterly abstract compositions -ARTnews
…her works are like vivid, stuttering topographical maps, with stitches gathering in a healing way around the dark stains…her mastery of color and gesture makes these works beautiful -The Boston Globe
…Nava Lubelski’s wondrous wine-stained tablecloth-a minor disaster elevated to art simply by embroidering the edge of the stain with red floss -American Craft
Beginning with stained canvases, Nava Lubelski meticulously stitches multicolored thread through splattered drips and blots, creating a beautiful abstract work that contests the randomness of action painting and the utilitarian nature of craft. -The Brooklyn Rail
Shredded tax forms, tablecloths forever embracing a spill, and cut clothing all embody Nava’s sculptural, canvas and paper works. Thread resembles splatters, Russian novels are breaded and deep-fried, and love letters are torn and reconfigured while expressing aggression, femininity, preservation and destruction. -Twin Cities Daily Planet