Project Room

Frances Trombly:
Over and Under

Now celebrating 15 years of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is pleased to present Over and Under, an exhibition by Miami-based artist Frances Trombly. A floor-to-ceiling scaffold in the Project Room is the framework for a handmade canvas which is rhythmically woven in and out, up and down, throughout the structure, visually echoing industrial fabric production. Variables within the fiber hint at its fabrication process: irregularity, asymmetry, glitches, pulls, and tears reveal the manual labor of weaving, standing in contrast to the industrial perfection of commercial cloth and emphasizing the artist’s intimacy with the material.

Trombly’s largest work to date, Over and Underposes a direct challenge to her studio practice, opening up a new relationship with the physicality of the loom by defying its confines. Expanding on Trombly’s interest in the contrast found in handmade objects that normally are mass-produced, Over and Under focuses on the cloth itself. The work contains a timeline of its own construction, a transcription of the gestures of working and constructing in space. Pushing the size of production transforms the interactions between body, object, and machine in space, and asks the viewer to consider these shifts as well.


Frances Trombly was born in Miami, FL, where she lives and works. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and completed residencies at the Capri Palace in Anacapri, Italy in 2009 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2007. Past exhibitions of her work include: united states, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2012) Not Paintings, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2011); Come Together, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL (2011); Everything and Nothing, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia (2011); Paintings, Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (2010); New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (2010), A Point From Which to Start, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia (2010), and Caution, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2008). Her work has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Trombly's work was purchased for Perez Art Museum Miami through the Young Collectors Council in 2013 and it is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida. In 2009, she received a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Artists. The artist is represented by Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL.


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