Jun 2nd 2019

Marianne Fairbanks: Weaving Lab

@ Compound Yellow

244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Opening Sunday, June 2nd, from 2PM - 4PM

On view through Thursday, June 30th

June 2-30, 2019

Opening, Sunday, June 2, 2-4pm
Closing, Sunday, June 30, 4-6 pm

Utilizing two spaces of Compound Yellow, Marianne Fairbanks will present a project called Weaving Lab and an exhibition titled, A Deliberately Non-Straight Line.

The work presented in A Deliberately Non-Straight Line, explores the deep meaning in geometry and abstraction as they relate to textile and graphic design vocabularies. Fairbanks approaches weaving, painting, photography and sculpture with a playfulness of process that destabilizes conventional value systems of hard and soft form-making while digging into more philosophical understandings of material vs immaterial.

The viewer is asked to consider object as photo, photo as pattern, pattern as dimensional; confronted simultaneously with macro and micro, foreground and background, disorienting the viewer as they search for a focus. While the work fights for perceptual attention, it also encourages a deep engagement with our material world in the construction of philosophical belief systems and physical realities.

Weaving Lab invites the public to participate in the process of weaving, speculation and conversation.
Weaving tutorials are combined with conceptual inquiries into domains of rhythm, math systems, meditation, and materiality.

Weaving Lab both explores and subverts each of these associations, hovering between process and speculation, theory and making, and providing questions and experiences so that each participant can draw their own conclusions. The project works to extend access to weaving so that we might invent new ideas about textiles, community, and making.

Whether you can stay for five minutes or one hour, we hope that you can come join us to weave, connect, and explore.

Weaving Lab is a project first initiated by Marianne Fairbanks in 2016 and ran for two summers in Madison, WI. In 2019 it has transitioned to a mobile, traveling to new locations domestically and internationally including Oak Park, IL, Oslo, Norway and Gothenberg, Sweden.


Fairbanks Bio:
Marianne Fairbanks is a visual artist, designer, curator and Assistant Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan (BFA). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, and Museum London, Ontario Canada. Her work spans the fields of art, design, and social practice, seeking to chart new material and conceptual territories, to innovate solution-based design, and to foster fresh modes of cultural production.



June 3- Monday 10-5

June 4- Tuesday 10-5

June 5- Wednesday 11-7

June 6- Thursday 11-7

June 7- Friday 10-5

June 8- Saturday 10-5

June 9- Sunday 12-5

Week 2

June 10- Monday 10-5

June 11- Tuesday 10-5

June 12- Wednesday 11-7

June 13- Thursday 11-7

June 14- Friday 10-5

June 15- Saturday 10-5

Closing event and Discussion: Sunday, June 30 from 3:30-5pm

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