Carly Glovinski at Untitled Art Fair, Miami
Interview between Amy Boone-McCreesh and Carly Glovinski
A: Where is your studio and how long have you been there?
C: My studio is in an old mill building in a tiny town on the NH, ME border. It’s actually an old textile mill where my grandfather used to work. It’s been artist studios for about twenty years. It’s a great space. I moved to that area from Boston in search of affordable space close to family and have had that studio for about eighteen years.
Can you talk about your work here at Untitled?
I tend to work in a lot of different ways–a lot by series. The work that’s in Untitled represents three series of work. One is a series of woven vessels that I’ve been working on for a few years, spanning a couple years old to one week old. I’m always making those. Another series is called Leisure Weaves that are works on paper which is another ongoing series. They’re woven drawings.
The project I’m really excited about that hasn’t been seen yet is Canning the Sunset. In this show I have three configurations, but I really intend for there to be multiple arrangements, from dozens to hundreds of them. It really depends on the space. I started working on them during the pandemic. There’s a great spot to watch sunsets over this farm field on the way to my studio, and it just became this ritual because we couldn’t do anything during the pandemic. So the sunset became an event to go to and a way to mark time. It made me aware of coming and going to my studio alone. I love thinking of them as this huge act of futility because it’s impossible to capture the sunset, so it’s this futile exercise, which has its own metaphors.
I also am making a connection between “putting up” or canning; there are Shaker influences in my work too. That idea of putting up and homesteading. It’s really conscious living.
During the pandemic, I did an artist residency in a Shaker village in NH. I think there’s a few in New England. It was kind of surreal. I was alone in a completely empty Shaker village for a week, just making these sunsets. When I look at this project I think of being there and doing that in such a crazy time. All the jars are recycled from my own family’s use, and then from friends and extended family when they found out what I was doing.
You’ve been to Miami before, but how has your experience been in this time – do you have any recommendations?
Its pretty great getting to come down to Miami and soak up the sunshine and a ton of art in person before winter hits in New England. Untitled and NADA are my favorite fairs in addition to Art Basel. A visit to the Rubell Collection is always on the list. Eating delicious cuban food is also. There’s a few things we might miss. Ellen Lesperence has a show opening at the ICA in Miami this week that is sure to be amazing.
Do you have any shows coming up or is there anywhere else we can see your work?
You can always see my work at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York.
I’m just now working on some shows that open around Memorial Day weekend – at the University of Maine, and in Lichfield County, CT with Jennifer Terzian Gallery. Also very excited about a big site specific community garden project at the Surfpoint Foundation in Maine – a completely new kind of work for me.