Frank Connet - Spriral Square

Frank Connet

United States 1959

Installation, Sculpture

Frank Connet
Frank Connet
United States
September 27, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Frank Connet is an American artist best known for using the process of the dye-resist technique of mokume shibori, hand stitched resist pattern on fabric.

Connet recieved his BFA in 1983, from Kansas City Art Institute. He specialized in traditional indigo dying after a lifetime of experiments in traditional textile techniques. During this time, he explored mostly Japanese heritage, above all, sewn and clamped dye resist techniques of shibori and itajami as a starting point for his artworks.

Frank Connet combines shibori with quilting techniques such as layering and piecing of fabrics to produce abstract compositions of contrasting colors. His forms echo the natural material he uses in his dyes, such as leaves, pods or seed shapes. Rivers, shifting sands or the unfurling of a leaf are all patterns used both for the large scale hangings as the sculptural three dimensional pieces.

What Connet does is an attempt to simply capture a memory of one specific moment in time, such as sunset or the dance of the leaves in a small creek. Constantly changing natural world is never-ending inspiration for this artist.

His work is included in numerous public and private collections like De Young Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago, MacArthur Foundation, Ann Arbor, Vedder Price and many others. He is represented by Matthew Rachman Gallery.

Frank Connet lives and works in Chicago.

Featured image: Frank Connet – Spriral Square
Image copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2012SemblanceDouglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2011Process and RevelationMuskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MISolo
2011Indigo and Shibori, History and the IndividualGallery Elgin Community College, Elgin, ILGroup
2014A Lively Experiment, Handweavers Guild of America ConvergenceRhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RIGroup
2014Material PossessionsLubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, INGroup
2014Calder, Exhuming InfluencesElgin Community CollegeSolo
201435 Years of Public ArtChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2014GEA, ARTE&ARTE Miniartextil 2014Villa Olmo, Como, ItalyGroup
2014REFINED VIII, Maker’s ChoiceThe Cole Art Center, SFA State University Nacogdoches, TexasGroup
2014New Weaves, Sculptural BasketryBlue Door Art Center, Yonkers, New YorkGroup
2013Organic Connections, Three Artists Jeffery Leder Gallery,Long Island City, NYGroup
2013Mnemonikos, Art of Memory in Contemporary TextilesJim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2013FiberArt International 2013Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (traveling)Group
2011Energy Nexus, Art Informs Shibori, International Shibori SymposiumHong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong KongGroup
2011Stories in Cloth, The Threads of Daily Life, the collection of Dr. May WeberLoyola University Museum of ArtGroup
2010Contemporary Fiber Art, A Selection from the Permanent CollectionThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Featured Objects, Frank ConnetBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2010The Weight of BlackPenland Gallery, Penland, NCGroup
2009Blue Divide, New Work in IndigoDouglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2009Art Works Chicago, Frank Connet & Judith EichmannMetropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, ILDuo
2008Chicago Connection, The Four Artist ProjectOssia Fine Arts Space, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Material Difference Post Script ExhibitionHinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, ILGroup
2008Penland School Instructors ExhibitionPenland School of Crafts, Penland, NCGroup
2008Material DifferenceChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2007Clamped and BoundDouglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, IlSolo
2006Frank Connet, New Textile WorkDouglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Silk Road Oasis, Illinois Artisan ProgramChicago Tourism Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Frank Connet & Jiro YonezawaJane Sauer Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NMDuo
2005Nature’s Color, Contemporary Textiles, Connet, Feldman and KlosLillstreet Art Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2005Frank Connet TextilesDouglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, IlSolo
2004Memories of TomorrowFlatfile Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2004Fiberart InternationalBellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2004Gift, Bequest, and Purchase, A Selection of Textile Acquisitions, 1998The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2004Fiberology, Six Extraordinary Contemporary Fiber ArtistsMontgomery College Art Gallery, Rockville, MDGroup
2004Fiberart InternationalPittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2004Fiberart InternationalMuseum of Arts & Design, New York, NYGroup
2004Sublime, online galleryGroup
2003Crafts NationalLancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PAGroup
2003SOFA ChicagoHeltzer, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILGroup
2003Raking Stones, Four Artist Reflecting the Japanese AestheticFontbonne University Gallery, St. Louis, MOGroup
2003Invitational Floor Mat Design ExhibitionUnion Station, Surface Design Conference, Kansas City, MOGroup
2003Split FormsC.G. Jung Institute, Evanston, IlSolo
2002Craft USA 2002Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CTGroup
2002SOFA ChicagoHeltzer, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Earth TonesBrunnier Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IAGroup
2002Group showKatie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2001Japanese InspirationsChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2001SOFA ChicagoHeltzer, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILGroup
2001Musings, Contemporizing TraditionGallery 312, Chicago, ILGroup
2001Fiberart InternationalPittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2001Fiber DirectionWichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KNGroup
2000SOFA ChicagoHeltzer, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILGroup