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Becca Van K

Please Touch with Gentle Hands and Open Hearts

February 4, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Office Space Gallery is excited to announce the upcoming solo show for Becca Van K. The show will feature nine textile and fabric works that blend important craft and art practices together. From exciting and nostalgic patterns that resemble 80’s and 90’s retro, to time consuming and highly detailed needlepoints the nine works in the show offer a unique and fun experience for the viewer. The title of the show “Please Touch with Gentle Hands and Open Hearts” is a play on Van K’s sign post for previous shows she has done, where viewers are allowed and encouraged to touch the works. Through the variety of textiles, pillows, and fluff, visitors will be able to engage in a very tactile experience. This show has been created to allow visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in what art can be. Art is not only something visual, but something to be felt, in both a physical and emotional sense.

Office Space Gallery and Becca Van K are pleased to present this show on February 4th - March 31st, 2022. 

Artist Statement:

My artistic spirit is committed to tenderness, reverence, generosity, and humor. I draw inspiration from the natural world, 80s/90s graphics and nostalgia, house/techno music, and the concept of comfort. I weave a collective blanket of meditation in the repetitive acts of handcraft, walking, and listening to techno. I enter a nurturing and otherwise inaccessible headspace when I engage in these repetitive acts, which translates to works that are infused with care and personality.

Consistently vacillating between the realm of craft and fine art, my practice utilizes needlepoint, latch hook rug making, and macrame. These largely overlooked techniques are a map of my self-taught and mother-taught experiences. I take pride in the time-consuming nature of this work, and aim to create pieces that subvert conventional notions about the functions of handcraft.

I make a diverse range of objects which includes needlepoint landscapes, fake plant sculptures, textile-covered furniture, handmade rugs, and upcycled textile collage. I exhibit my work in various forms, with a passion for immersive tactile installations of my soft sculpture, furniture, and wall works. The joy of my viewers is at the center of my practice. 

—Bryce Chatwin and Becca Van K

Becca Van K (b. 1991, Chicago, IL) is a mixed-media fiber artist based in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She has exhibited widely in the Hudson Valley & Capital Regions, and firmly believes in art as a conduit for community support/engagement. She is a 2021 recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant and a 2020 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts “Keep NYS Creating” Grant. She has recently participated in exhibitions at Columbia College (Columbia, MO), ArtPort Kingston (Kingston, NY), and Collar Works (Troy, NY). Torn between city nightlife and the woods of the Catskills, she’d only leave New York if there were techno clubs in the desert. She has climbed all 35 of the tallest peaks in the Catskills and doesn’t know what to do next.

CHECKLIST OF WORKS

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Becca Van K, Allie, 2021

fake fur, embroidery floss, aida cloth, nylon paracord, fabric glue, 11” x 8.5”

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Becca Van K, Angelica, 2021

fake fur, Bonnie cord, nylon paracord, E6000, 24” x 18”

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Becca Van K, Christina, 2021

velvet, mesh, polyester, fake fur, pompoms, yarn, fabric glue, 12” x 8.25”

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Becca Van K, Corey, 2017

recycled clothing (fake fur and fleece), yarn, latch hook netting, fabric glue, Fireline thread, and Polyfil, 17” x 22”

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Becca Van K, Cosmology (Roza Terenzi), 2020

yarn, needlepoint plastic, fleece, nylon paracord, and E6000, 10” x 8”

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Becca Van K, Olive, 2021

recycled clothing (velvet, fake fur), bungee cord, goat fur, fabric glue, 11” x 11”

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Becca Van K, Portia, 2018

recycled clothing (rayon, feathers, rabbit fur, fleece), yarn, latch hook mesh, bungee cord, and E6000, 21.5” x 17.25”

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Becca Van K, Sadie, 2020

yarn, needlepoint plastic, fake fur, and E6000, 14” x 12”

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Becca Van K, Tony, 2018

recycled clothing (rayon, polyester batting, fake fur), placemat, nylon cord, bungee cord, pompoms, and fabric glue, 9” x 10.5”

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