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The New Police
February 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept is delighted to announce the return of needlepoint artist Jacquelyn Royal in her first solo show at the gallery, following two group exhibitions in 2018 and 2019. Royal’s The New Police marks the first show in form & concept’s Atrium Series, an array of ambitious solo displays in the gallery’s atrium space by artists who utilize the craft medium for bold storytelling. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 28, 5-7 pm.
In her series of urban needlepoint studies, Royal asks viewers to re-examine ideas surrounding both graffiti and folk art as mediums. Royal, working from a high-resolution image of a cityscape, captures sunworn advertisements, years of graffiti layers and urban decay in hand-dyed yarn (sometimes using up to fifteen different shades of white to perfectly capture a sky).
Jacquelyn Royal’s textile work has been exhibited and published internationally. Recent exhibitions include the Textile Biennial in the Netherlands; Thread at Rheged Cultural Center in Cumbria, UK; and Hand / Eye at form & concept in Santa Fe, NM, among others. She currently lives and works as a professor of humanities in Saratoga Springs, NY.