Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: Waste of Time Waste of Time Waste of Time
Media: Fiber, weaving, yarn
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist:
I got the pleasure to meet Caryn Aasness and her exhibition Waste of Time. This is her last semester at California State University, Long Beach. She will be gradating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a focus on Textiles. After gradation she would like to continue with textiles and fiber creating artworks that has meaning instead of being defined as just being beautiful. Caryn is a talented art student who is dedicated an earnest in creating her art piece to make her artwork meaningful.
The exhibition takes place in Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery, which is one of the smaller art galleries. Each wall is line with different tapestry each woven fabric has a width of twenty-six squares and the length varies for each art piece. Next to each fabric has a grid and is label with a title and letters. Each of fabric is colorful and unique. Looking closely at the woven fabric a message is interwoven into the fabric. The grid is a key to figure out the coded message in the fabric. The artwork is beautiful, but each has there own quotes and messages in each artwork.
The first tapestry next to the direction in the Merlino gallery does not have a key/ grid to decipher the message in that particular tapestry. However the exhibition title can be located on the tapestry. The twenty-six squares is a representation of the United States English alphabet, which is in alphabetical order on the tapestry. I actually took the time with my classmates to figure out what the tapestry said and at the end it is a, “Waste of time waste of time waste of time” three times, which it actually is true. Aasness wanted her audience to see that her artwork took time and that it is not just a piece of art, but an artwork that communicate with each different tapestry that creates different dialogues. In each tapestry has a quote that gives meaning that can be related to life.
For this exhibition I had fun trying to figure out what the gallery was about. Until I did I had fun reading the keys and the quotes each tapestry had. And one of my favorite quote was, “ I know you are but what am I” some were funny and relatable. The gallery is colorful and see than there are at least twenty-six square with different colors that are not the same. The work to alternate with each different colors looks like it took a while. Each tapestry is more than meets the eye if a person did not take the time to understand what the gallery means they would not be able to decipher the keys and quotes. Which the gallery will look like a beautiful art gallery with colorful tapestries and that will all it will ever be to the person. Interesting exhibition and I would definitely recommend to others to come and make it be a “Waste of time”.