Antigravity: Guest Artist Crystal Gregory

a space for contemporary perspectives

On view: March 2, 2018 – February 17, 2019

Antigravity: A Space for Contemporary Perspectives is an exciting new series of site-specific art installations in the entry of The Rockwell. 

Each spring, a contemporary guest artist will create an original work of art in response to The Rockwell’s collection. This new, unusual exhibition space greets each guest, provoking curiosity and reflection about art from the moment you enter the building.

Crystal Gregory, the 2018 Antigravity artist, has created a series of handwoven lace panels titled Through the Thread. Gregory uses textiles as veils and screens that restrict and alter our views of the surrounding space. Her work questions our awareness of the multiple filters and lenses through which we see the world.

Through the Thread

Crystal Gregory, Through the Thread, 2018, handwoven screen embedded with cast pewter. Loan Courtesy of the Artist. L2018.3. The Rockwell Museum Corning, NY.

The perfect fit for our Art + Science program year, Gregory experiments with media and plays with our expectations of how each material is used. Traditionally, metal serves as function and load-bearing, while lace is a non-structural, decorative element. Here, the roles have been reversed ‒ woven lace becomes the structural support while a cast pewter ribbon adorns the work’s lower edge. Through the Thread prompts us to consider the distortions of our own perspective.

The selected artist will have the opportunity to serve as a Guest Artist in the Corning Museum of Glass Amphitheater Hot Shop. Crystal Gregory will work with Corning Museum of Glass gaffers, March 5 – 9, 2018. Learn more

About Crystal Gregory


Crystal Gregory

Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates textile structure through a variety of materials. Gregory received her BFA from the University of Oregon and was granted a Full Merit Scholarship to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 she was awarded highest honors with The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts. With this grant she moved to Amsterdam NL where she took a role as Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally including Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Load Bearing: The Art of Construction at The Hunterdon Art Museum and Crossover at Black and White Project Space and has been reviewed in publications such as Surface Design Journal and Art Critical. Gregory is the Assistant Professor in Fiber within the School of Arts and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky. Gregory splits her time between Lexington, KY and Brooklyn, NY and currently shows with Tatyana Okshteyn at Black & White Gallery/Project Space in Brooklyn, NY as well as Momentum Gallery, NC.


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