Main Window Dumbo

Main Window Dumbo Main Window is a bi-monthly, non-profit, public art space in Dumbo, Brooklyn featuring site-specific installation.

It has been an artist-run space presenting the work of New York metropolitan area artists since 1980.

JOIN US! Thursday, May 2Artist reception: 6:30-8pm (lobby of 1 Main Street)Artist talk: 6:50 for First Thursday Art Walk...
04/29/2024

JOIN US! Thursday, May 2

Artist reception: 6:30-8pm (lobby of 1 Main Street)
Artist talk: 6:50 for First Thursday Art Walk (Main Window sidewalk)
Known for his meticulous paintings made with countless dots of acrylic paint, New York-based artist Eric Hibit explores a bold new direction with a cut paper installation made specifically for Main Window Dumbo. To produce ‘Color Above the Muntin,’ Hibit draws upon another of his established practices: ink painting from nature. Over washes of color on Arches paper, Hibit uses black ink to render forms that suggest hydrangeas, zinnias, nasturtiums, and leaves. These forms are then cut, collaged, and pinned in situ.

The title ‘Color Above the Muntin’ refers to the metal bar that divides Main Window in half. Hibit observed the muntin both as (1.) an obstruction, and (2.) an organizing principle of the work. In essence, a binary to respond to – and to resolve aesthetically by moving the viewer’s eye fluidly between the two sections. Additional concerns for the artist include visibility and public impact. In the artist’s words:

“Black lines stand out from a distance and resonate in the public context. To me, it’s important that the evidence of the hand is clearly visible in the movement of the lines and their idiosyncrasies. Paper tends to buckle with the addition of wet materials – a welcome complement to my hand-painted lines.

The aspects of irregularity, human-touch, and tactility are my response to the immediate context of Main Window Dumbo and the neighborhood of Dumbo itself. Unlike many areas of NYC where street art, graffiti, and provisional signage proliferate, these forms are largely absent in Dumbo. My intention is to put something hand-made in this public space to add tenderness and idiosyncrasy to the environment. I also want to create a sense of buoyancy and lightness – a remedy for our age.”
Viewable 24/7 through June 13, 2024

ON VIEW IN DUMBO: de-cipher. an installation by Jeff Wallace, curated by artist Beth Dary. Created from the protective g...
02/24/2024

ON VIEW IN DUMBO: de-cipher. an installation by Jeff Wallace, curated by artist Beth Dary.

Created from the protective glassine covers of a museum’s discarded art book library, de-cipher. is a metaphor for the fragility of both art education and artistic expression. The expansive scope of this deaccessioned collection transcends mere artifact, serving as a commentary on the state of art in America and inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay between preservation, impermanence, and loss.
Viewable 24/7 through April 11, 2024.

SHINING BRIGHTde-cipher. an installation by Jeff Wallace, curated by artist Beth Dary. Wallace continues his process of ...
02/20/2024

SHINING BRIGHT

de-cipher. an installation by Jeff Wallace, curated by artist Beth Dary.

Wallace continues his process of collecting, dismantling, and amalgamating found objects with the site-specific installation, de-cipher. Derived from the protective glassine covers of a museum’s discarded art book library, de-cipher. is a metaphor for the fragility of both art education and artistic expression. The expansive scope of this deaccessioned collection transcends mere artifact, serving as a commentary on the state of art in America and inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay between preservation and impermanence.

Wallace is a multimedia artist whose work delves into the palimpsest of time and memory. His compositions and installations intricately weave together repurposed materials, ephemera, and books to explore the complex interplay of temporal layers and recollections. His work has been exhibited in numerous New York venues including DFN Projects with Craven Contemporary (2023); Cristin Tierney Gallery (2020/21); Rick Wester Fine Arts (2019); Main Window Dumbo (2019); Lichtundfire Gallery (2017-19). Wallace is a two-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2022, 2024); an invited artist in the Visiting Artist & Scholars program at the American Academy in Rome (2020); a Fellow and two time resident at the Vermont Studio Center (2017, 2019); and a resident at Yaddo (2018). In addition to his studio practice, Wallace is Curator of Main Window, and serves on the Board of Directors for Smack Mellon.
Viewable 24/7 from February 1 through April 11, 2024.

Stop by Main Window to see ‘Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws from her experience...
01/11/2024

Stop by Main Window to see ‘Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.

Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws from her experience as a Korean American growing up in Alabama. Bai’s piecework fabric curtains are inspired by bojagi, traditional Korean wrapping cloths constructed from a variety of different fabrics, as well as quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, whose compositions defy their materiality.

For Bai, the piecework technique of joining different fabrics together is also a visual metaphor for piecing together influences. The imagery and titles of many of these works are often an homage to artists who work deftly with light and color and self consciously engage with the traditional idea of paintings as windows. Interested in playfully engaging that notion, Bai shifts the materiality of paintings representing windows on curtains.

Bai lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at DC Moore, Deanna Evans Projects, Halsey McKay, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Fortnight Institute, and National Academy of Art, among other venues. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale School of Art.

Viewable 24/7 through January 25, 2024.
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Main Window wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2024!We would like to thank the artists for their incredible work; the B...
12/31/2023

Main Window wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2024!
We would like to thank the artists for their incredible work; the Board at 1 Main Street for their ongoing support; Art in Dumbo for getting the word out; and the community for helping keep the arts alive and strong in Dumbo.
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ON VIEW: Main Window is thrilled to present ’Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws fr...
12/01/2023

ON VIEW: Main Window is thrilled to present ’Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.

Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws from her experience as a Korean American growing up in Alabama. Bai’s piecework fabric curtains are inspired by bojagi, traditional Korean wrapping cloths constructed from a variety of different fabrics, as well as quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, whose compositions defy their materiality.

For Bai, the piecework technique of joining different fabrics together is also a visual metaphor for piecing together influences. The imagery and titles of many of these works are often an homage to artists who work deftly with light and color and self consciously engage with the traditional idea of paintings as windows. Interested in playfully engaging that notion, Bai shifts the materiality of paintings representing windows on curtains.

Bai lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at DC Moore, Deanna Evans Projects, Halsey McKay, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Fortnight Institute, and National Academy of Art, among other venues. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale School of Art.

Viewable 24/7 through January 25, 2024.
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UP NEXT: Main Window is thrilled to present ’Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws fr...
11/27/2023

UP NEXT: Main Window is thrilled to present ’Joseph’s Room’ by artist Lisha Bai.

Lisha Bai’s recent textile work draws from her experience as a Korean American growing up in Alabama. Bai’s piecework fabric curtains are inspired by bojagi, traditional Korean wrapping cloths constructed from a variety of different fabrics, as well as quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, whose compositions defy their materiality.

For Bai, the piecework technique of joining different fabrics together is also a visual metaphor for piecing together influences. The imagery and titles of many of these works are often an homage to artists who work deftly with light and color and self consciously engage with the traditional idea of paintings as windows. Interested in playfully engaging that notion, Bai shifts the materiality of paintings representing windows on curtains.

Bai lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at DC Moore, Deanna Evans Projects, Halsey McKay, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Fortnight Institute, and National Academy of Art, among other venues. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale School of Art.

Viewable 24/7 from December 7, 2023 through January 25, 2024.
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FINAL WEEK: ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula. Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist l...
11/26/2023

FINAL WEEK: ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula.

Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist living in DUMBO. He has designed with light for over 20 years across theater, film, and live performance. His practice explores themes of civilizational fragility, timescales of the universe, and his father's work as a NASA engineer. De Paula’s sculptures have most recently been exhibited at Burning Man (2022), and Davidson Gallery (2022 solo show).
Viewable 24/7 through November 30, 2023.

RAY OF LIGHT: ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula. Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist...
11/09/2023

RAY OF LIGHT: ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula.

Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist living in DUMBO. He has designed with light for over 20 years across theater, film, and live performance. His practice explores themes of civilizational fragility, timescales of the universe, and his father's work as a NASA engineer. De Paula’s sculptures have most recently been exhibited at Burning Man (2022), and Davidson Gallery (2022 solo show).
Viewable 24/7 through November 30, 2023.

OUT + ABOUT IN DUMBO?: Stop by Main Window to see ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula. Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazili...
10/13/2023

OUT + ABOUT IN DUMBO?: Stop by Main Window to see ’Eos’ by artist Marcus De Paula.

Marcus Vinícius De Paula is a Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist living in DUMBO. He has designed with light for over 20 years across theater, film, and live performance. His practice explores themes of civilizational fragility, timescales of the universe, and his father's work as a NASA engineer. De Paula’s sculptures have most recently been exhibited at Burning Man (2022), and Davidson Gallery (2022 solo show).
Viewable 24/7 through November 30, 2023.

If you’re in Dumbo, stop and see our installation by artist Liz Collins.Magic Mountains is a new iteration of the Zagreb...
08/30/2023

If you’re in Dumbo, stop and see our installation by artist Liz Collins.
Magic Mountains is a new iteration of the Zagreb Mountain and Promised Land series, that use long woven jacquard textile panels made from an image Liz Collins drew on paper while traveling in Zagreb, Croatia in 2013.

The abstract, stylized, boldly-colored mountain forms emanate energy and vibrate as they meet the multi-colored sky zone which zig zags across the panel expanses. In this new iteration, the panels are draped to create movement, depth, and volume reminiscent of the mountain range.

Liz Collins works fluidly between art and design, with emphasis and expertise in textile media. Embracing abstraction, optics, and extreme material contrasts, Collins explores the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation, which includes transforming environments into social spaces with a dynamic combination of objects and materials in dialogue.

Collins’ exhibits in galleries and museums around the world, has collaborated with several design brands on collections of functional textiles, and produced large scale public art works and performances.
Viewable 24/7 through September 28, 2023.
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Main Window is excited to present ‘Magic Mountains’ by artist Liz Collins. Magic Mountains is a new iteration of the Zag...
07/21/2023

Main Window is excited to present ‘Magic Mountains’ by artist Liz Collins.
Magic Mountains is a new iteration of the Zagreb Mountain and Promised Land series, that use long woven jacquard textile panels made from an image Liz Collins drew on paper while traveling in Zagreb, Croatia in 2013.

The abstract, stylized, boldly-colored mountain forms emanate energy and vibrate as they meet the multi-colored sky zone which zig zags across the panel expanses. In this new iteration, the panels are draped to create movement, depth, and volume reminiscent of the mountain range.

Liz Collins works fluidly between art and design, with emphasis and expertise in textile media. Embracing abstraction, optics, and extreme material contrasts, Collins explores the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation, which includes transforming environments into social spaces with a dynamic combination of objects and materials in dialogue.

Collins’ exhibits in galleries and museums around the world, has collaborated with several design brands on collections of functional textiles, and produced large scale public art works and performances.
Viewable 24/7 from July 20 through September 28, 2023.
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UP NEXT: Main Window is pleased to present ’Magic Mountains’ by artist Liz Collins.Viewable 24/7 from July 20 through Se...
07/17/2023

UP NEXT: Main Window is pleased to present ’Magic Mountains’ by artist Liz Collins.
Viewable 24/7 from July 20 through September 28, 2023.

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THANK YOU, MELANIE!Night & Day by Melanie Vote.   &day
07/14/2023

THANK YOU, MELANIE!
Night & Day by Melanie Vote.
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Final week to see ‘Night & Day’ by artist Melanie Vote at Main Window.Vote’s installation is a revisiting of her previou...
06/30/2023

Final week to see ‘Night & Day’ by artist Melanie Vote at Main Window.
Vote’s installation is a revisiting of her previous work from her Washhouse series, infused with a new twist. Inspired by a small work painted during the pandemic, this collection of pieces explores the themes of place, time, and impermanence. Through the juxtaposition of the tattered facade of an outbuilding of rural Iowa flooded with daylight, dropped at twilight in a New York City park, Vote challenges our perceptions of space and time. The installation invites us to consider the significance of place and chronology in our lives, and how these concepts shape our understanding of the world around us.

Vote draws inspiration from the natural world and its transient nature, crafting narratives that explore impermanence. Her creative process involves capturing the interactions between figures and landscapes. The act of painting outdoors invigorates and inspires Vote, and she takes these experiences back to the studio to reflect and synthesize. Through her paintings, found objects, and site-specific elements, she weaves together stories that highlight the interconnectedness of everything. Visiting the Loess Hills in Iowa has been a significant influence on her, and she finds the contrast between her father's working farm and a life of environmental conservation to be compelling. Her work is a poignant reminder of the temporary nature of human existence and the perpetual state of evolution that shapes our world.
Viewable 24/7 through July 7, 2023.
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Painting within a painting.Night & DayIn Memory of Susan B.Oil on panel12 x 9 inches‘Night & Day’ is viewable 24/7 throu...
05/11/2023

Painting within a painting.
Night & Day
In Memory of Susan B.
Oil on panel
12 x 9 inches
‘Night & Day’ is viewable 24/7 through June 29, 2023.
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Artist Melanie Vote in her studio.Right Door, WashhouseOil on wood64 x 32 inches‘Night & Day’ is viewable 24/7 through J...
05/09/2023

Artist Melanie Vote in her studio.
Right Door, Washhouse
Oil on wood
64 x 32 inches
‘Night & Day’ is viewable 24/7 through June 29, 2023.
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JOIN US TONIGHT at 6:40pm! Artist Melanie Vote will give a brief introduction to ‘Night & Day.’Vote’s installation is a ...
05/04/2023

JOIN US TONIGHT at 6:40pm!
Artist Melanie Vote will give a brief introduction to ‘Night & Day.’
Vote’s installation is a revisiting of her previous work from her Washhouse series, infused with a new twist. Inspired by a small work painted during the pandemic, this collection of pieces explores the themes of place, time, and impermanence. Through the juxtaposition of the tattered facade of an outbuilding of rural Iowa flooded with daylight, dropped at twilight in a New York City park, Vote challenges our perceptions of space and time. The installation invites us to consider the significance of place and chronology in our lives, and how these concepts shape our understanding of the world around us.

Vote draws inspiration from the natural world and its transient nature, crafting narratives that explore impermanence. Her creative process involves capturing the interactions between figures and landscapes. The act of painting outdoors invigorates and inspires Vote, and she takes these experiences back to the studio to reflect and synthesize. Through her paintings, found objects, and site-specific elements, she weaves together stories that highlight the interconnectedness of everything. Visiting the Loess Hills in Iowa has been a significant influence on her, and she finds the contrast between her father's working farm and a life of environmental conservation to be compelling. Her work is a poignant reminder of the temporary nature of human existence and the perpetual state of evolution that shapes our world.
Viewable 24/7 from May 4 through June 29, 2023.
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Main Window is excited to present ‘Night & Day’ by artist Melanie Vote.Vote’s installation is a revisiting of her previo...
05/03/2023

Main Window is excited to present ‘Night & Day’ by artist Melanie Vote.
Vote’s installation is a revisiting of her previous work from her Washhouse series, infused with a new twist. Inspired by a small work painted during the pandemic, this collection of pieces explores the themes of place, time, and impermanence. Through the juxtaposition of the tattered facade of an outbuilding of rural Iowa flooded with daylight, dropped at twilight in a New York City park, Vote challenges our perceptions of space and time. The installation invites us to consider the significance of place and chronology in our lives, and how these concepts shape our understanding of the world around us.

Vote draws inspiration from the natural world and its transient nature, crafting narratives that explore impermanence. Her creative process involves capturing the interactions between figures and landscapes. The act of painting outdoors invigorates and inspires Vote, and she takes these experiences back to the studio to reflect and synthesize. Through her paintings, found objects, and site-specific elements, she weaves together stories that highlight the interconnectedness of everything. Visiting the Loess Hills in Iowa has been a significant influence on her, and she finds the contrast between her father's working farm and a life of environmental conservation to be compelling. Her work is a poignant reminder of the temporary nature of human existence and the perpetual state of evolution that shapes our world.
Viewable 24/7 from May 4 through June 29, 2023.
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FINAL WEEK to see ‘To Tire of Grace’ by artist ! Stop by Main Window through 4/27.UP NEXT: ‘Night & Day’ by Melanie Vote...
04/24/2023

FINAL WEEK to see ‘To Tire of Grace’ by artist ! Stop by Main Window through 4/27.
UP NEXT: ‘Night & Day’ by Melanie Vote.

TO TIRE OF GRACEA site-specific installation that explores motherwork, by Mandy Cano Villalobos.Villalobos’ installation...
04/13/2023

TO TIRE OF GRACE
A site-specific installation that explores motherwork, by Mandy Cano Villalobos.

Villalobos’ installation is a collection of domestic detritus – discarded toys, underoos, kitchen utensils, clothing scraps, plastic jewelry, broken gadgets, and candy wrappers – meticulously sorted and threaded onto long, thin cords. As she assembles the items, the cords accumulate an ornamental appeal that verges upon sacred beauty, while simultaneously, her Sisyphean toil contradicts the allure of each cord, and highlights the drudgery of parental chores. Whatever she seems to accomplish is negated by the onslaught of mess. Villalobos’ finished cords form ‘an alter’ in Main Window, resulting in a sacrosanct homage to domestic struggle.
Viewable 24/7 through April 27, 2023.

‘To Tire of Grace’ is site-specific installation that explores motherwork. Villalobos’ installation is a collection of d...
03/07/2023

‘To Tire of Grace’ is site-specific installation that explores motherwork. Villalobos’ installation is a collection of domestic detritus – discarded toys, underoos, kitchen utensils, clothing scraps, plastic jewelry, broken gadgets, and candy wrappers – meticulously sorted and threaded onto long, thin cords. As she assembles the items, the cords accumulate an ornamental appeal that verges upon sacred beauty, while simultaneously, her Sisyphean toil contradicts the allure of each cord, and highlights the drudgery of parental chores. Whatever she seems to accomplish is negated by the onslaught of mess. Villalobos’ finished cords form ‘an alter’ in Main Window, resulting in a sacrosanct homage to domestic struggle.
Viewable 24/7 from March 2 through April 27, 2023.

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ON VIEW: Main Window is excited to present a new installation by artist Mandy Cano Villalobos. ‘To Tire of Grace’ is sit...
03/03/2023

ON VIEW: Main Window is excited to present a new installation by artist Mandy Cano Villalobos.
‘To Tire of Grace’ is site-specific installation that explores motherwork. Villalobos’ installation is a collection of domestic detritus – discarded toys, underoos, kitchen utensils, clothing scraps, plastic jewelry, broken gadgets, and candy wrappers – meticulously sorted and threaded onto long, thin cords. As she assembles the items, the cords accumulate an ornamental appeal that verges upon sacred beauty, while simultaneously, her Sisyphean toil contradicts the allure of each cord, and highlights the drudgery of parental chores. Whatever she seems to accomplish is negated by the onslaught of mess. Villalobos’ finished cords form ‘an alter’ in Main Window, resulting in a sacrosanct homage to domestic struggle.
Viewable 24/7 from March 2 through April 27, 2023.

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UP NEXT: Main Window is excited to present a new installation and performance by artist Mandy Cano Villalobos. ‘To Tire ...
02/22/2023

UP NEXT: Main Window is excited to present a new installation and performance by artist Mandy Cano Villalobos.
‘To Tire of Grace’ is site-specific performance/installation that explores motherwork. Artist Mandy Cano Villalobos sits alone in a tightly enclosed display case before a trough of domestic detritus. She meticulously sorts through discarded toys, underoos, kitchen utensils, clothing scraps, plastic jewelry, broken gadgets, and candy wrappers, threading each item onto long, thin cords. As she progresses in her labor, these cords accumulate an ornamental appeal that verges upon sacred beauty. At the same time, Villalobos’ Sisyphean toil contradicts the allure of each cord, and highlights the drudgery of parental chores. Whatever she seems to accomplish is negated by the onslaught of mess. Following the performance, Villalobos will install her finished cords in the display case, resulting in a sacrosanct homage to domestic struggle.
Viewable 24/7 from March 2 through April 27, 2023. Check back here for performance schedule.

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FINAL WEEK!: mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-res...
02/17/2023

FINAL WEEK!: mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.
Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-responsive installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. Arao mends this lineage of abstraction through his use of textiles, making work that explores the elastic nature of queerness and honors his Filipino heritage.

For his installation at Main Window, Arao presents a multi-panel hand woven textile that began while in residence at the Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine in the summer of 2022. Arao’s use of color and pattern is connected to indigenous textile traditions of the Philippines where it is believed that colors and pattern are imbued with a spiritual, healing and/or protective power. The more dizzying the pattern and/or the more colorful the textile, the more protection it offers to its wearer in warding off evil spirits. Regarding his use of color, Arao mentions: “Color is vital to my work. I carry color within me. My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it is personal, it is emotional, it is felt, and it is in my very being.”
Viewable 24/7 through February 21, 2023.
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EXTENDED THROUGH FEB 21 : mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings...
02/07/2023

EXTENDED THROUGH FEB 21 : mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.
Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-responsive installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. Arao mends this lineage of abstraction through his use of textiles, making work that explores the elastic nature of queerness and honors his Filipino heritage.

For his installation at Main Window, Arao presents a multi-panel hand woven textile that began while in residence at the Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine in the summer of 2022. Arao’s use of color and pattern is connected to indigenous textile traditions of the Philippines where it is believed that colors and pattern are imbued with a spiritual, healing and/or protective power. The more dizzying the pattern and/or the more colorful the textile, the more protection it offers to its wearer in warding off evil spirits. Regarding his use of color, Arao mentions: “Color is vital to my work. I carry color within me. My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it is personal, it is emotional, it is felt, and it is in my very being.”
Viewable 24/7 through February 21, 2022.
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ON VIEW 24/7: mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-re...
01/07/2023

ON VIEW 24/7: mythweaver by artist Paolo Arao.
Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-responsive installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. Arao mends this lineage of abstraction through his use of textiles, making work that explores the elastic nature of queerness and honors his Filipino heritage.

For his installation at Main Window, Arao presents a multi-panel hand woven textile that began while in residence at the Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine in the summer of 2022. Arao’s use of color and pattern is connected to indigenous textile traditions of the Philippines where it is believed that colors and pattern are imbued with a spiritual, healing and/or protective power. The more dizzying the pattern and/or the more colorful the textile, the more protection it offers to its wearer in warding off evil spirits. Regarding his use of color, Arao mentions: “Color is vital to my work. I carry color within me. My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it is personal, it is emotional, it is felt, and it is in my very being.”
Viewable 24/7 through February 2, 2022.
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KNITTY GRIDDY: mythweaver by Paolo Arao.Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-responsi...
12/22/2022

KNITTY GRIDDY: mythweaver by Paolo Arao.
Paolo Arao is a Filipino-American artist making sewn paintings and site-responsive installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. Arao mends this lineage of abstraction through his use of textiles, making work that explores the elastic nature of queerness and honors his Filipino heritage.

For his installation at Main Window, Arao presents a multi-panel hand woven textile that began while in residence at the Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine in the summer of 2022. Arao’s use of color and pattern is connected to indigenous textile traditions of the Philippines where it is believed that colors and pattern are imbued with a spiritual, healing and/or protective power. The more dizzying the pattern and/or the more colorful the textile, the more protection it offers to its wearer in warding off evil spirits. Regarding his use of color, Arao mentions: “Color is vital to my work. I carry color within me. My relationship to color is not passive. It is political, it is personal, it is emotional, it is felt, and it is in my very being.”
Viewable 24/7 through February 2, 2022.
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