Turning Over a New Leaf

“You are out of order!” someone says as the gavel hits the block. This is what I am imagining in my head right now as I am posting events out of order here.

The chronology of the many events I’ve had in the past month is this:

  • two week artist residency at Playa on Summer Lake in Oregon (Sept. 25 – Oct. 6)
  • drive to Reno to install exhibition (Oct. 10-12)
  • Open Studio weekend here in Boise (Oct. 14-15)
  • Visions Art Museum opening reception in San Diego (Oct. 19-23)

All wonderful, exciting stuff I’d like to share. I have already posted about my open studio event and have one post on San Diego. I have more to share with you about that trip and lots about the artist residency, but today I would like to give you a look at my exhibition, Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross, that is in Reno.

Since these events have been rapid fire one after the other, I tried to be organized. Before I left for my residency, I had all the artwork for my Reno exhibition packed up and ready to go along with all the installation tools, layout plan, checklist, etc.

 

Artwork ready for Reno

 

At least, I thought I did! When I got to Reno and we started laying out the pieces, I realized I had forgotten to pack my iron and ironing board (since I had taken those to the residency). I wanted to give the pieces one good ironing before installing them since they had been wrapped up for two weeks and then traveled in the car.

The exhibition is in the Metro Gallery in City Hall in downtown Reno. Since we were forced to take a break in the middle of the install because there was a city council chamber meeting on the other side of the wall and they didn’t want us hammering, I decided to try to find an iron to buy downtown.

Downtown is mostly casinos, pawn shops and restaurants from what I could tell. I was pretty sure the pawn shops were not going to have irons, so I did not try there. I found a thrift store on Google Maps and walked 20 minutes to find they did not have any irons. (I new it was a gamble, which was very appropriate for being in Reno.) So, I walked back and gave up on the idea, until in the mid afternoon after we had all the pieces up and the two gals were working on lighting, I drove somewhere to buy an iron.

Some of the pieces I could easily remove from the wall and iron on the floor. The others I could not because they had slats instead of rods, so I attempted to iron them on the walls, which didn’t work all that well since the walls were curved. I used my hand behind the piece to give some resistance.

Overall, I think the exhibition looks nice. There are a total of nine pieces from the Leaf Stack series. It will be up until Dec. 1st. and can be viewed during City Hall hours (weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Then, I will drive back to pick up the work.

 

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.

 

By the way, I did not make the sheep/ram. That is a permanent fixture. But I think the colors  on him work pretty well with my pieces.

 

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.
Leaf Stack #27, Leaf Stack #18, Leaf Stack #13

 

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.

Some of the spacing is a bit weird because we were working around things that were on the wall. So it is more like a grouping and then a single piece and then another grouping. The photo below gives you a pretty good idea of how much the wall curves.

 

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno. Leaf Stack #15, Leaf Stack #22, and Leaf Stack #14

 

Turning Over a New Leaf: Fabric Constructions by Lisa Flowers Ross exhibition in Reno.
Leaf Stack #19

I hope you enjoyed this little tour.

 

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