Saturday, September 29, 2012

October 2012 Guest Artist: Virginia Fleck

Howdy! I am not sure how to describe Virginia Fleck! Her work is based on recycling shopping bags. I think that her work is beautiful and fascinating... here how she describes herself on her website:

Since 2002, Virginia Fleck has been working exclusively with recycled plastic bags creating site specific, ecologically conscious art works that have been commissioned for several high profile, green building projects including the US Embassy in Rwanda, Whole Foods World Head Quarters in Austin TX, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN and Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin TX -the first hospital in the world to attain LEED platinum certification.
Fleck’s work has been exhibited at Art Forum Berlin, Pulse Miami and  New York and Arte Fiera in Bologna Italy. Her work appears in many prestigious collections including the permanent collection the United States Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda and the Marino Golinelli collection in Bologna, Italy.  Ms. Fleck’s work has been written about and reviewed on the web and in numerous paper publications including  American Craft Magazine, Public Art Review, Sculpture Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Western Interiors and Design, Austin Home, Glasstire,, Voice of Germany, Apartment Therapy, MoCo Loco, Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post.
Fleck is a featured artist in the book, recently published by Random House: Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In.
Fleck was born in New York City. She began making artwork in childhood and eventually studied at two art schools: Portland School of Art in Portland, Maine and at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.  In 1990 Fleck moved to Austin, Texas where she continues her work as a visual artist.

You can check out this video about her!

1 comment:

  1. Tonight's program was very interesting. Who knew such beautiful art could be made from plastic bags - and what a great "green" opportunity. It was interesting to hear that there is a good market for this art. Thanks Nick for arranging such a great program schedule.

    Carol Medford