The Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Gallery presents “In Stitches,” a show of works by two local artists, Randy Keenan and Catherine LeCleire. Their collections are connected through their methods of stitching artwork together to tell a larger story of expression through printmaking, assemblage, quilting and encaustic painting.
Randy Keenan’s work spans a variety of media from master quilts to multi-media assemblages. Her breathtaking quilts and fiber arts are rich in color, line and texture. Keenan’s collages express her inner consciousness. Displaying strong colors, shapes and lines, these works have a familiar but almost unnerving quality. Her other assemblages, or mica pages, are gilded and transparent. Layered with intrinsic items and words, each one draws in the viewer for a quiet moment of study and reflection. Each work embodies a fantastical narrative waiting to be discovered.
Catherine LeCleire’s works function in synergistic counterpoint with Keenan’s. Her prints and silkscreens offer a playful, yet powerful repetition of images or words. Using her innovative technique of transforming plastic bags into printable material, LeCleire stitches this material together to create large-scale quilt pieces with a unique awe-inspiring opacity. LeCleire’s encaustic works display strong colors and amazing textures with tremendous luminosity. Some of these works include silkscreened maps and writings embedded in the wax, whereas others consist of landscape compositions, minimalist in style yet rich in both color and texture.
Keenan, a long time resident of the area, studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts and worked as a landscape artist creating her “Randscape” gardens throughout Montclair. LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, attended the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University. “In Stitches” has hemmed Keenan and LeCleire’s different works together as complementary exemplars of tapestry as a powerful means of artistic expression.
Directors: Lisa Diamond Rosenthal and Sara Holliday
Artists: Randy Keenan and Catherine LeCleire
Exhibition Dates: March 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019