April 18 - May 16, 2015
The Potholder Show
Sloan Projects and Craig Krull Gallery are pleased to present The Potholder Show: New Work by Robbie Cavolina. On view July 11 through August 29, 2015. An artist reception will be held Saturday July 11th from 6 to 8 pm.
Robbie Cavolina’s giant, brilliantly colored potholders visually and conceptually weave a homespun craft like Gee’s Bend Quilts with the color theories of Joseph Albers. Created on looms at dimensions up to eight by eight feet square, they showcase the transformative power of scale in art production in their allusion to the practice of pop artist Claes Oldenburg and even Jeff Koons. Highly malleable and uninhibited in form as well as function, Cavolina’s playful fabrications are equally comfortable posing on the wall as objet d’arts or on the floor as seductive love cushions.
The Potholder Show will combine elements of display with on-site art production in a month-long project that will transform Sloan Projects into a dynamic artist’s studio. Cavolina will weave and sew potholders daily, actively performing his craft and adding new potholders to a vibrant, shifting installation.
Robbie Cavolina is an award winning artist and filmmaker. He received a Grammy for his art direction on Joni Mitchell’s album Turbulent Indigo in 1996 and directed two short documentaries about her —Joni Mitchell Hits And Misses and Shine. He gained early recognition as a fine artist when he developed a technique for printing photographs on slabs of concrete, a process which gained him a feature in the Los Angeles Times. After a stint as an art director for print and albums he was introduced to legendary jazz singer Anita O’Day in 1992 and became fascinated by her life story. He eventually co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, deemed “a masterpiece of the medium” by the L.A. Weekly.
Robbie Cavolina is a graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parson School of Design, where he studied painting, sculpture and photography. He lives and works in Los Angeles.