Craft meets industry in exhibit at Asheville’s CCCD – Asheville Citizen-Times

If you always thought of machines and artists as enemies, think again.

A new exhibition at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, “Made in WNC,” explores the intersection of craft and industry in this region.

The curated selection of local goods includes items rarely seen in an art gallery, such as equipment from Marshall’s Capricorn Bicycles, in addition to clothing from Appalatch and Bow + Arrow, ceramics from East Fork Pottery, Element Clay Studio, Melissa Weiss Pottery, and Nick Moen, and pieces from Blue Ridge Chair Works and The Old Wood Co.

The common thread? All the makers explore the compatibility of craft techniques and mass production.

Marilyn Zapf, assistant director at CCCD, said large-scale industry’s departure from the American market has made this reconsideration possible.

“Historically, the hand has been in opposition to industry, but now we’re at this moment where we view industry through this nostalgic more romantic lens,” she said. “And now craft and industry are both these things of the past that can somehow reunite, whether it’s in process or in symbolism.”

Twenty-four studios working with textiles, ceramics and furniture will show work in the front of the gallery, and in the back, four artists will set up rotating installations that consider value, labor and the process of producing goods.

At the opening reception Sept. 4, even the refreshments will highlight the process of production. The gallery will serve products from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Roots Hummus, French Broad Chocolates and Biltmore Wine. Burial Beer has created a special brew to release that night: a Made in WNC Belgian table beer with local ingredients from Riverbend Malthouse and Stoney Hollow Farms.

Zapf said there’s a strong parallel between the maker movement in the fields of art and design and the Slow Food movement.

“This is happening all over the place … across mediums,” she said.

The opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4. It’s free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, although the artist installations will rotate roughly once a month. For more, visit craftcreativitydesign.org.

EVENT DETAILS

Location: Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway St., Asheville

Admission: Free

Exhibition dates: Sept. 4 to Jan. 9, 2016

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday