Past Exhibition 2012: Geometry Transformed

The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery presents Geometry Transformed, exhibiting the works of Eric Celarier, Floris Flam, Donna Radner, and Shelley Sims.

The work of Eric Celarier explores the hidden inner workings of the technological age, exposing the aesthetic and difficult nature of cyber media. Using trash as a metaphor for global and environmental choices, he stitches impractical quilts from circuit boards. The pieces describe the contemporary world as a confusing, but beautiful, place where the ramifications of people’s love of technology are unclear. Eric was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in Montgomery County since 2002. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland in 1991. He proceeded to the University of Cincinnati, where he received his M.A. in Fine Arts in 1997. More information about Eric is available at celarier.com.

Floris Flam began making art quilts in 1986 soon after she first saw nontraditional quilts. She works improvisationally, using fabrics she dyes and paints to create abstract textile collages that reflect her interest in the built environment. Her work hints of architecture and urban spaces. She begins each quilt by selecting a palette of colors and proceeds interactively, adding or removing fabrics and shapes until she has achieved a pleasing composition. She machine quilts her work to reinforce the composition and create texture and
movement. Floris has been a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory since 2002 and is a resident artist at VisArts at Rockville. She has participated in group and solo shows and many of her quilts are in private collections. Visit florisflam.com for more information.

Donna Radner has been working in fiber since 1981. She has developed her own style of intricate machine piecing using curvy strips and large groups of fabric. Her recent work is a series of fused pleated landscapes inspired by the striated canyons and rock formations of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Fabric has always been her starting point for inspiration. Donna loves collecting fabrics, cutting them up and using them to create something new out of the mixture. As she explains, “The fabrics speak to me, telling me how to use them, suggesting images and shaping my work.” Her quilts have been shown in many local and national shows as well as many quilting publications and many of her quilts are in private collections. For more information about her work, visit donnaradner.com.

Shelley Sims works with handmade paper, finding it a tactile, sensory experience. She enjoys working with the fundamentals: color, shape, texture and pattern. The images she creates are both abstract and symbolic. The abstract works are a play between form and color, placement and movement. The symbolic work is inspired by elements found in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, including the use of sacred seed syllables and mandalas or sacred concentric diagrams. Shelley attended Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD and studied papermaking at the Corcoran Gallery School, Washington, DC. Her work was in the group exhibition Options sponsored by the Corcoran Gallery’s Washington Project for the Arts (WPA/C), Washington, DC. She has shown in galleries in Sedona and Jerome, Arizona and juried shows in Maryland. More information about Shelley’s work can be found at shelleysims.com.