Warehouse421 is pleased to present “The Weft in Pencil”, a solo exhibition by Jill Magi, as part of the Artistic Development Exhibition Program, in partnership with The Institute for Emerging Art.
The paintings and fabric works in “The Weft in Pencil” are rooted in the grid or matrix—the intersection of warp and weft, the editorial grid of the page, the weaver’s draft notations—as a generative space.
Jill Magi works in text, image, and textile. The author of six books of poetry and numerous handmade books and book-arts objects housed at the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, Jill ran Sona Books for ten years, publishing chapbooks of experimental works that she described as “risky, quiet, and community-based.” Her most recent book, SPEECH (Nightboat 2019), is set in a city of middles: something like the Middle East and something like the Midwest of the US where the fictional wanderer who navigates these places resides in a female body of middle age. Her other full-length books of poetry are LABOR, SLOT, Cadastral Map, Torchwood, and Threads, all published by small presses dedicated to innovative and experimental literature. Jill has had residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Brooklyn Textile Arts Center, and has taught for more than twenty years at research universities, liberal arts colleges, in MFA and BFA programs, and in community-based adult literacy programs. Most recently she was appointed to the faculty of the literature and art programs at New York University Abu Dhabi. Jill has had solo exhibitions of visual work at the NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space Gallery, Tashkeel, and Grey Noise, and has been included in group shows in numerous galleries including Tashkeel, Apex Art, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Brooklyn Textile Arts Center. In 2011 she was named as among the 50 most inspiring authors in the world by Poets & Writers Magazine, and she is a co-founder, along with Shamma Al Bastaki and Sarah AlMehairi, of JARA Collective, a publishing project based in the UAE.
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