Crystal Gregory


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Variation on a Theme (yellow-blue-yellow) 2016
handwoven textile and concrete, 5ft x 4ft

Copyright © 2016 Crystal Gregory

"With a background as a weaver I use lace structures as a conceptual foundation for my work. I define lace as a container of negative space and argue that the negative space is more important than the patterns or the thread itself. Lace becomes a barrier that allows for the separation from the other side as well as adds a heightened attention to the things it cages. Lace can be understood as a screen, a filter and as a lens; obstructing and abstracting the view into fractured parts. It creates a cadence between the effort it takes to make clear the image beyond and the awareness of the structure itself."
Crystal Gregory is a sculptor and holds an MFA from The Fiber and Material Studies Department within The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2013 Gregory was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and moved to Amsterdam to take a position as Artist­In­Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art where her research connected ideologies around studio glass and lacemaking. She has shown in galleries nationally and abroad and has received fellowships to attend artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, La Maison des Metiers d’art de Quebec and Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Residency. Gregory is based in Brooklyn and holds a position as Assistant Professor of Art Studio in the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky.