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LEA THOMAS | CURRENTS


Curated by J. Simmz of Doppelgänger Projects

Opening Reception: April 12, 7-9pm
On View through May 8th.

I am writing all this down in blue ink, so as to remember that all words, not just some, are written in water.

― Maggie Nelson, Bluets

Trestle Gallery, together with Doppelgänger Projects, is pleased to present Lea Thomas | Currents from April 12 - May 8, 2019. An opening reception will be held on April 12, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Currents features an accompanying sound piece composed by John Thayer specifically for the installation, which will play in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

A drop of dark blue appears, its stain spreading over the surface. Tendrils stretch across, their circuits entwining and dispersing, carving lucid pathways in their wake. The deepest blue requires more than just one application, it is a multitude of layers blended into one another, with slightly different circumstances and results each time, as sapphire streams ebb and flow concurrently. The azure currents of time, energy, and memory upwell and merge in union.

Lea Thomas applies this aesthetic philosophy in her practice, creating a pool of the deepest blue for her hand-woven textiles. With a lineage harkening back to the traditional use of Japanese indigo in its process and symbolism, Thomas’s work echoes the motion of her predecessors, diving far under the waves of deep time. As the fibers submerge into a vat of natural dye, so does one’s consciousness surge in connection to our environment, our humanity, and the depths of our psyches. “Tidal currents course through our deeps and shallows, yielding to the rhythmic pull of moon and sun. The undulations of our myriad intensities combine in ever-changing patterns reflected on our surface, just as the patterns of wave trains -- are endlessly reconfigured over the face of the sea” (The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, Taschen, 2010).

It is with this in mind that we present Lea Thomas | Currents at Trestle Gallery. Creating a dynamic environment with textiles, viewers may walk amongst the cerulean channels of nature and human identity, providing a space of reflection and rumination amongst the billows of blue.

Lea Thomas is a New York-based fiber artist and musician. Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Lea’s work reflects on her unique perspective of the relationship between person and place. Informed by both academic and self-directed study in botanical sciences and traditional folk herbalism, Lea uses organic fibers and plant-based dyes to create weavings that celebrate the intelligence of the natural world.

Specifically, Lea’s frequent use of indigo pigment is symbolic of her Japanese heritage, honoring a lineage of kimono makers and textile artisans in her immediate ancestry. Lea was an artist in residence at the Montello Foundation in Nevada in 2018.

J. Simmz is an independent curator, writer, and researcher based in Ridgewood, Queens. She is Cofounder and Director of Doppelgänger Projects, an independent curatorial venture promoting distinctly alternative perspectives while focusing on practices of aesthetics, feminism, technology, and the metaphysical within the emerging contemporary art landscape. Her most recent exhibition at Doppelgänger Projects, Sarah Grass | Unmanned presents a intricate, surrealist portrait predicated on passage of memory, identity, and feminist utopian ideals. Previously, she was Assistant Curator + Art Advisor for g a macura inc., during which she managed GE's corporate collection and archive. Jennifer holds her M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, and obtained her B.A. in Art History from New York University.

Lea Thomas was recently interviewed by Loam magazine about her creative process and artistic practice, to be published in Loam: Beauty & Being (forthcoming). Read the full transcript here
loamlove.com @loamlove

Earlier Event: February 9
Lesbian Matters
Later Event: May 17
On Site 2019