The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
Documents and Pictures
The Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, California
February 1- February 28, 2017
View the exhibit here
1st Place Award of Excellence Winner: Timo Rissanen
#communication , cotton cloth, cotton embroidery thread
#communication is a series of ‘text messages,’ both real and imagined, each cross-stitched by hand over 100 consecutive days from March to June 2016. Each day's message was posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Cross-stitching by hand was an alternative, meditative experience of time, in a city that continues to claim its inhabitants as chronically insufficient no matter how little we sleep and how many hours we work. The text framing the piece was Timo’s response to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, that happened on day 90 of the project.
Timo is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons School of Design, New York. He was trained as a fashion and textile designer and has been exhibiting his work regularly since 2008. Initially the work was fashion-focused, with a shift to installation in the past five years. The cross-stitched text is more recent, something that began calling a year ago. #communication is the first piece; he has since completed others and has several in progress currently.
Below is a listing of some of the important exhibitions that Timo was juried into:
2017 Crafting Resistance, Visual Arts Center at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
2016 End of Fashion, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
2016 False Dichotomy, Gowanus Studio Space, New York
2016 Boutique, Felleshus, Berlin, Germany
2014 Boutique Tokyo, Spiral Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Fashion Art Biennale, Seoul, South Korea
2013 Fashion Interactions, Parsons School of Design, New York
2012 Boutique, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Juror of Award Winners: Mark-Elliott Lugo
Mark is a member of the Artists Guild board of directors. He is a former art critic for the Union-Tribune Publishing Company, San Diego and San Diego Magazine, San Diego. Before his retirement, he was the Curator and Visual Arts Program Coordinator for the San Diego Library for many years. In 2015, he was also the curator for the Artists Guild’s Centennial Exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art: 100 Artists, 100 Years: The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 1915-2015.
Good adherence to the exhibition theme; thought-provoking conceptually; interesting media; elegant aesthetics; the long, horizontal format was out-of-the ordinary.