Art Exhibition: “Some Soft Thoughts” from Becca Van K (12.1.21 – 1.3.22)
Window On Hudson proudly ends the year with “Some Soft Thoughts” by mixed-media fiber artist Becca Van K. Van K has filled the windows and indoor exhibition space with a large grouping of woven objects including wooden chairs, folding chairs, wall hangings, and much more. These functioning furniture pieces are created with bright neon colored yarns, beads, and fake fur, creating the atmosphere of a late 90’s techno club VIP room heavily which is referencing the Memphis interior design style.
“Some Soft Thoughts” will have two artist receptions, both taking place during citywide Hudson, NY events.
Reception Number One: Saturday, December 4th, 2021, from 5-8pm – during Winter Walk
Reception Number Two: Saturday, December 11th, 2021, from 5-8pm – during the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl
“Some Soft Thoughts” provided Van K the opportunity to expand her ongoing body of work where she experiments with new techniques, recycled materials and objects and asks us to reconsider what is defined as “furniture” and what is labeled as “art.” Van K says, “My artistic spirit is committed to tenderness, reverence, generosity, and humor. I draw inspiration from the natural world, 80s/90s graphics and nostalgia, house/techno music, and the concept of comfort. I weave a collective blanket of meditation in the repetitive acts of handcraft, walking, and listening to techno. I enter a nurturing and otherwise inaccessible headspace when I engage in these repetitive acts, which translates to works that are infused with care and personality.
“I think of myself as an interdisciplinary collage artist. I take material elements from unconventional sources and create something entirely new. Consistently vacillating between the realm of craft and fine art, my practice utilizes needlepoint, latch hook rug making, and macrame. These largely overlooked techniques are a map of my self-taught and mother-taught experiences. I take pride in the time-consuming nature of this work, and aim to create pieces that subvert conventional notions about the functions of handcraft.
“The joy of my viewers is at the center of my practice.”
Becca Van K is a mixed-media fiber artist based in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She has exhibited widely in the Hudson Valley & Capital Regions, and firmly believes in art as a conduit for community support/engagement. She has recently participated in exhibitions at: The Yard: City Hall Park (New York, NY), Columbia College (Columbia, MO), and ArtPort Kingston (Kingston, NY). She is a recipient of a 2021 NYSCA Community Arts Grant through CREATE Council on the Arts and a 2020 New York Foundation for the Arts “Keep NYS Creating” Grant. Torn between city nightlife and the woods of the Catskills, she’d only leave New York if there were techno clubs in the desert. She has climbed all 35 of the tallest peaks in the Catskills and doesn’t know what to do next.
“Some Soft Thoughts” will be on view from 12.1.21 – 1.3.21. If you can not attend a reception but would like to see the indoor works please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Window On Hudson takes your health seriously. All visitors are asked to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, and enjoy their refreshments outside. During our receptions, the front door will remain open at all times. Please bundle up!
About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley. Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists. Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis. Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing email@example.com or visiting the website.