Crystal Gregory is a soft spoken multi disciplinary artist who fearlessly tackles any medium. Calling herself a weaver, she'll plunge into concrete, glass and solder, cyanotype printing and even cast glass.
"My materials to have deep poetic connections and contradictions. For example, both glass and lace can act as a protector or a shield at one level and at the same time a material of exposure. The negative space of the lace pattern causes the eye to pass easily through, to intrigue and eroticize the other side of the barrier. Similarly, glass keeps the outsider out while visually allowing them back in."
Embedding her vibrant weaves into planes of concrete, Crystal's unpredictable use of materials lends a fresh eye on how classic techniques can be reconfigured to explore modern territory.
Variation on a Theme (Pink Orange Blue), 2015. Handwoven textile and concrete. 6 x 4 ft
Variation on a Theme (Pink Brown Blue), 2015. Handwoven textile and concrete. 11 x 11 InchesNetting Study, 2015. Cyanotype print on paper. 66 x 30 Inches Triptych (22 x 30 Inches each)
Her glass sculptures are 3 dimensional renderings of lace patterns which take on a life of their own whether on the floor, table or even coming off of the wall.
Passage, 2012. Glass and Solder. 4 x 12 x 8 Inches (variable)
Crystal was granted a Full Merit Scholarship to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 Crystal was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and moved to Amsterdam to take a position as Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art.
Crystal has shown in galleries nationally and abroad and has received fellowships to attend artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Lucky for us, Crystal lives and works in Red Hook, Brooklyn where she'll give you a mesmerizing weaving demo and explain just how a glass sculpture comes from a lace pattern.
Book a visit to see Crystal's work in person: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can't wait to take you there!
Keep up to date with all things Fiercely Curious: