Kerry Vander Meer

Cast rubber, human hair
$850 each

18" x 3" x 12"
Cast rubber, human hair

30" x 102" x 49"
Fabric, steel, cast rubber

1990 MFA Mills College, Oakland, CA
1977 BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Current Professional Experience
1996-99 Arts Program Coordinator and Artist in Residence, Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Division, (CEDA) City of Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions
1999 "Hardly There", Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 "Ultimately Perfect II", performance, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA
1993 "Ultimately Perfect", California Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA
1991 "Installation", Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA
1990 San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  "Introductions 1990", William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 "Atlantillian Images", San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, SF, CA.
1981 "The Dance", NEA Recipient, Fiberworks, Berkeley, CA

Selected Collections
  Oakland Museum Permanent Collection, Oakland, CA
  Cindy Sherman, New York, NY
  BankAmerica Corporation Art Collection, San Francisco, CA
  Neiman-Marcus, Copley Place, Boston, MA
  Harold and Gertrude Parker, Tiburon, CA

I have always been intrigued with the insides of objects. I want to know how they are held together. I want to look as deep as I can and magnify what I see. I wonder how it would all look under a microscope. I enjoy looking at drawings and photographs of the forms, textures, and patterns found beneath the skin of living things.

My current work combines the tactile with the visual to create a sensory experience similar to what I feel while working with these forms. The color and translucence of the cast rubber reminds me of amber. Bits of various fabric, unspun wool, found objects, or human hair inclusions sometimes project out of their confinement or cascade to the floor. These objects, though illuminated beneath the surface by light passing through, become enigmatic and mysterious to me.

All of my forms resemble natural morphology…organs, skin or their cellular fragments. I am always drawn to natural forms, rather than geometric. A three dimensional paisley form keeps recurring in my thoughts and I am interested in exploring what this means in relation to the world of natural forms.

Strange materials, contrasting shapes, contradictions and tensions writhe in and out of each piece as I attempt to create new forms from this sensuous assortment of elements and matter.

Textile venues in the San Francisco Bay Area were vibrant in the 1980's. Schools such as Pacific Basin and Fiberworks (which offered MFA degrees) and galleries such as the Allrich Gallery were abundant. Now the Bay Area has no galleries and little fiber programs, but there are more artists sewing, weaving and working with fabrics to make installations, sculpture and conceptual art. Most do not call themselves "Fiber Artists" but rather "Artists".

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