What’s the Use of Used?

Join us for a lively discussion with artists who have diverse practices and make use of used materials in their work. How do materials carry meaning, and how do artists amplify and animate this meaning in powerful ways? Come learn from artists whose work spans ideas and covers different territories with intersecting processes.

The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 – 7 pm at Textile Center. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public!

This event is organized and moderated by visual artist Rachel Breen, in conjunction with Textile Center. Rachel is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The panelists include artists Pedram Baldari, Candice Davis, Maggie Dimmick, and David Hamlow.

PANELISTS:

Pedram Baldari

Pedram Baldari is a Kurdish-Iranian born, sculptor, architect and interdisciplinary artist, working in installation, site specific and performance art. While his projects have social practice components, they also seek to avoid Western dominated esthetics and approaches. He has been featured in numerous national and international art exhibitions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Turkey, and the U.S including Art Basel in Basel Switzerland, the Plains Museum, ND, the South Dakota Art Museum and the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis. pedrambaldari.com

Rachel Breen

Rachel Breen is a visual artist who works at the intersection of drawing, installation and public engagement. Rachel holds us, the consumers of fashion, complicit in the troublesome cycle of garment production and consumption—from dangerous factory conditions to problems caused by textile waste. She makes these relationships visible in order to find ways to break the toxic cycle. Rachel holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College. She has exhibited her work both locally and nationally and is the recipient of four Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Walker Art Center’s Open Field fellowship, and the 2019–2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. rachelbreenart.com

Candice Davis

Candice Davis is a conceptual artist from San Antonio, Texas working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her practice focuses on primarily digital media, installation, and performance as a means of witnessing for the experiences of marginalized people. Davis graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2018 with a BFA in Web + Multimedia Environments. She is a recent recipient of a Next Step Fund Award for the 2019 Fiscal Year and is a recipient of a 2019/20 Artists on the Verge Fellowship. candicejdavis.com

Maggie Dimmick

Maggie Dimmick is an artist and textile designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is passionate about eliminating global textile waste and the founder of Ethel Studio, a zero-waste home textile studio on a mission to reduce textile waste and promote personal well-being. She earned a B.S. in Apparel Design from Cornell University, after which she worked in textile design & research and color management for New York fashion brands including Eileen Fisher and Elie Tahari. maggiedimmick.com

David Hamlow

David Hamlow lives and maintains a studio in Good Thunder Minnesota. He is an installation artist working primarily with conserved materials resulting from his own purchases. Through extended wall works, sculptural forms and modular architectural constructions, he creates environments that envelop the viewer in the results of a single career in consumption. Hamlow has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Artstart in Rhinelander WI, Coffey Contemporary in MN and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. davidhamlow.com

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.