A Revision of Everyday Life is a series of screen-printed and dyed fabric monoprints that capture the splendor of quotidian life. Through an expression of geometric and abstract shapes, these prints explore the emotional experience of color, tensions between opposites, and the nature of daily life. Tompkins’ technique merges industrial (screen-printing) and traditional (dyeing) craft to amplify the space between the exquisite and the drab. She strives to capture her wonder and appreciation of natural and manmade phenomena through material explorations. The flowing drape of the wall-mounted cotton panels, inclusion of design elements, and the imprecision of the processes speaks to her improvisational philosophy of making—work makes work—each step informs the next, each panel inspires the following, and if there is a plan it’s, on the whole, guesswork. The resultant imagery is bright and graphic, inviting the viewer to take another look at their own surroundings— a revision of everyday life —through material and designed transformations.
Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday will kick-off with a Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m. on August 11th, followed by the Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through September 30, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.
Image: “Purple and Orange Gradient,” Cassie Tompkins. Cotton, plain weave; shibori dyed, screen printed. 2017.