Terra Fuller and Reuben Lorch-Miller
Tunapu, November 2016
Grizzly Grizzly is excited to present Terra Fuller and Reuben Lorch-Miller in this November’s exhibition “Tunapu.” The title, “Tunapu”, refers to a term inRukwangali culture describing the path from the creation of the world into the future led by art. This focus on process and the = generative powers of art-making are central to the work of both artists. Both Fuller and Lorch-Miller see their practice as a collaboration with time, place, and materials.
For the exhibition at Grizzly Grizzly, Terra Fuller will be displaying rugs that she created while living and working with local craftspeople in Morocco and Namibia. Reuben Lorch-Miller’s works tap into a broader set of references, expanding ideas of “primitive” and contemporary. Displayed together, their work raises questions about the meaning and function of found objects and artifacts -- and the role of the artist as both collaborator and appropriator.
Terra Fuller was born in rural Indiana and currently lives in San Francisco, California. She has an MFA from Yale University. Her multidisciplinary art has been influenced by extensive time living with indigenous cultures around the world. When living in Morocco and Namibia for almost 5 years, Terra began incorporating traditional craft like carpet weaving and basket weaving that involved processes such as shearing sheep, collecting camel wool from nomads, spinning and dying wool, and gathering palm fronds to create objects that embody the residue of her experiences. Terra has exhibited extensively on the east and west coast: Geography of Hope, Toby’s Feed Barn Gallery, Altered Again, Adobe Backroom Gallery, Fallen Cave Paintings: Mouhou, Touria and Zahra, Fort Point Arts Community, and House Beautiful, San Gabriel. Terra is currently learning how to make quilts with an Amish master quilter from her hometown.
Reuben Lorch-Miller. Reuben is a Brooklyn, NY based artist, writer and educator, with a dedicated studio practice and exhibition record spanning over 25 years. His broad approach to art making encompasses sculpture, photography, artist books, music, performance and long walks. Lorch-Miller was raised in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, later earning an MFA in New Genres from San Francisco State University in 2001. Lorch-Miller has exhibited widely at such venues as Jackie Klempay Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA) and MoMA/PS1 (New York, NY). He has been an artist-in-residence at Land and Sea (Oakland, CA), Rocksbox (Portland, OR), SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), The Shandaken Project (Shandken, NY), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Bauernmark 9 (Vienna, Austria). His work is held in the collections of MOMA, The Tacoma Art Museum and Brooklyn Museum of Art.