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NEO MINERALIA

NEO MINERALIA

On view

Feb

17

Oct

21

Through

Feb

17

Oct

21

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 21, 2023

Photo credit:

Sae Honda. Courtesy of the Artist.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

NEO MINERALIA

On view

Feb

17

Oct

21

Through

Feb

17

Oct

21

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 21, 2023

Photo credit:

Sae Honda. Courtesy of the Artist.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

NEO MINERALIA

On view

Feb

17

Oct

21

Through

Feb

17

Oct

21

When

Feb 17, 2023

Oct 21, 2023

Photo credit:

Sae Honda. Courtesy of the Artist.

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

NEO MINERALIA suggests that recent rock formations no longer fit within the traditional groups: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. Instead, the Anthropocene, the era of human influence on the climate and environment, has introduced two post-natural rocks: Synthetic and Digital.

NEO MINERALIA presents a selection of new geological specimens crafted by ten international artists exploring rocks as reflections of our effects on human and nonhuman ecologies. By embedding synthetic materials (plastics, e-waste) and layers of data points (critical, financial, social) into the craftsmanship of these artifacts, the artists transgress the definition of rocks, turning them from passive aggregates of minerals into metaphorical aggregates of data. Within their apparent “rockness” we can decode hopes, warnings, and speculative future scenarios. 

The featured works stemming from places as varied as Mexico, Japan, Poland, and Australia (including a curated artists’ books library), collectively signal a new era of planetary and geological consciousness where we are asked to read, feel, and listen to rocks in new ways.

This exhibition was developed as part of the 2023 Center for Craft Curatorial Fellowship. This program was created in 2017 to provide emerging curators with a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Each curator receives an honorarium, access to professional development tools, mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with the other Curatorial Fellows and Center for Craft staff to produce their exhibition, develop educational materials, design an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.

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OPENING RECEPTION

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Where

Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC, 28801

ARTISTS

Marcela Armas

Annarita Bianco

Zach Blas

Thibault Brunet

Edhv Studio

Pascal Glissmann

Sae Honda

Hoonida Kim

Agnieszka Kurant

Lost Rocks Library

Silvia Noronha

CURATed By

Oscar Salguero

Exhibition management BY

Sarah Darro, Lisette Gallaher, and Marilyn Zapf 

Installation by

Ian Brownlee, Carrie Helmkamp, Lauren Roquemore, Konrad Sanders, Bénédicte Thoraval, and Devyn Vasquez

Exhibition design

Edited by

Liz Carleton

Mentorship by

Glenn Adamson

Graphic Design by

Photography by

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Meet the artists

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Cherokee, NC

Faye Junaluska

Cherokee, NC

Lucille Lossiah

Ramon Lose

Cullowhee, NC

ᏯᏗ ᎺᏂ Betty Maney

Cherokee, NC

ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan

Cherokee, NC

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Mary W. Thompson

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

Patricia Welch

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about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

about the curator

Photo Credit: Janna Tew

Oscar Salguero

he/him

Oscar Salguero is an independent curator, researcher, and archivist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a presentation during Stockholm Design Week 2020, as part of non:agency’s The Age of Entanglements. As a curator, Salguero is a fellow of SixtyEight Art Institute’s The Curatorial Thing 2020 Edition, for which he received the Danish Arts Foundation’s International Visual Arts Funding Grant. In Spring 2021, Salguero curated Interspecies Futures [IF] at the Center for Book Arts, NY. The show marked the first survey of bookworks by emerging artists working at the intersection of speculative fiction and new interspecies possibilities. Salguero is the founder of Interspecies Library and is the author of the Symbiocene Anthology, a series of artists’ book reviews published online via Future Based.

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NEO MINERALIA

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Fellow

Oscar Salguero

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organized

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Center

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Craft.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

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For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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exhibition

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supported

in

part

by

the

the

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a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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