Luke Haynes Artist Residency

Last month, supremely talented artist Luke Haynes participated in a two week residency at MITCH Collective.

LUKE is an artist to watch. He is up-and-coming while continuing to innovate and design new ways to create art. His work is currently hanging in the Brooklyn Museum as well as the Newark Museum and the Headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation just to name a few. He shows across the country and internationally.
Haynes has lived in 14 states, he is currently living in Los Angles California. He studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and considers his fabric art to be an architectural method of images creation.
His works can be classified as quilts since they follow the traditional methods of construction, but they are much more. His concepts and images pull from the annals of historical painting and sculpture but are also allowed to pull from craft and the domestic since the medium is atypical, this allows for pieces that have multi layers of visual as well as conceptual intrigue.

Luke likes to work with found textiles and after exploring the Wheeling area wanted to emblazon one of the buildings on a blazer.

He was interested in experimenting with screen printing, especially after viewing the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

During the two week residency, there were two quilt shows.

A solo show in St Clairsville, Ohio at Ohio University Eastern (above) and a group show in Wheeling, West Virginia at the Wheeling Artisan Center (below) featuring Joe Cunningham, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Erin Wilson, and Luke Haynes.

The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley welcomed Luke to lead a kids activity related to quilting. The kids wove colored strips of paper into different patterns.

There was also a special presentation in Pittsburgh at Techshop. Luke gave an artist talk and trunk show, sharing his process and some of his past projects. The audience got a chance to see the quilts up close, which added a lot of pop to the presentation.

Thanks to Luke for being a bundle of fun and inspiring so many people during his stay! The residency program is all about bringing talented people into the Ohio Valley to make work and share their talent with the community.

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About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit www.mitchcollective.org for more information.
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