Weaving Color
with artist Joell Baxter

Joell Baxter is a Brooklyn-based artist. In 2024 she will complete a permanent commission in Queens as part of NYC Department of Cultural Affair's Art for Public Schools. Baxter has been a􀁚arded residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the Lower East Side Printshop; and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. Recent exhibitions include Field Projects, New York, NY, and the Marsh Gallery at Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. She holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Baxter's work chases fleeting visions at the intersection of color and space. Built out of layers of printed, woven, and cut paper, the stacks of open weave reveal the layers beneath, forming complex structures of overlapping shapes and colors that pixelate and waver. Geometric compositions repeat within and across works at different scales and hues, referencing the ease of these shifts in digital space but enacted painstakingly by hand. Within each strip of paper, the printed colors are always in motion, graduating from one fully saturated hue to its spectral opposite. Laid directly on floors and circling walls, these works visually shift even as the viewer stays in place, materializing the unstable shifts of light and air and atoms surrounding us.

During the 90 minute workshop participants will create their own woven panels using strips of printed papers provided by the artist. For inspiration we will consider Josef Albers' seminal work on color perception, Interaction of Color, as well as Anni Albers's' woven structures. In the last half hour of the workshop we will hang our individual works as a collective group to observe how the color and geometry of each piece shifts when seen as part of a larger composition.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This program is also supported in part by Queens Rising, a multi disciplinary arts celebration created to highlight the borough's culture and creative diversity.

  • Date & Time
  • Saturday, September 28, 2024
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Location
  • The Garage Art Center
  • 26-01 Corporal Kennedy St. Bayside, NY 11360

  • Free and open to the pubic. (Age 8 & up recommended.)
  • All materials provided.
  • To register, please click the button below or email contact@garageartcenter.org.