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Beth Howe
updated: 01/29/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Tudor House: front
Densification
Block Apartment
Solo Exhibition
Ballpark
Lot A
Lot A
A Constructed Environment
A Constructed Environment
A Constructed Environment
Environs
Environs (detail)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture
 
 
Tudor House: front by Beth Howe
Tudor House: front
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Densification by Beth Howe
Densification
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2006
30" x  22" 
Block Apartment by Beth Howe
Block Apartment
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Solo Exhibition by Beth Howe
Solo Exhibition
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2006
30" x  22" 
Ballpark by Beth Howe
Ballpark
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2004
30" x  44" 
Lot A by Beth Howe
Lot A
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2007
40" x  60" 
Lot A by Beth Howe
Lot A
Handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2007
40" x  60" 
A Constructed Environment by Beth Howe
A Constructed Environment
Artist's book, handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2003-5
11" x  15"  x 1" 
A Constructed Environment by Beth Howe
A Constructed Environment
Artist's book, handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2003-5
11" x  15"  x 1" 
A Constructed Environment by Beth Howe
A Constructed Environment
Artist's book, handstitched thread on cotton rag paper
2003-5
11" x  15"  x 1" 
Environs by Beth Howe
Environs
Cotton/poly thread handstitched into cotton rag paper
2007
Dimensions variable
Environs (detail) by Beth Howe
Environs (detail)
Cotton/poly thread handstitched into cotton rag paper
2007
48" x  240" 

Artist Statement
My work is a fusion of my ongoing interests in drawing, the city, and the book. ‘Crosstown Drawings’ are handstitched using the materials most basic to binding books --thread and paper. I choose to ‘draw’ with bookbinding materials because I see the built environment as the cover of a book of stories: each structure, no matter how banal, houses small histories that together describe the city as a whole. The structures that fascinate me the most are the unexceptional rowhouses, the functional overpasses, dead end streets, train tracks, parking lots, the mediocre and mundane. These places and structures are almost invisible to us but no less integral to the history and structure of the city than the grand civic buildings and monolithic roadways. They are what make the city itself.

Artist Bio / CV
Education 2003 MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, CA Exhibitions 2008‘Obsolete Concepts: The Books + Art Show’, A Space, Toronto, ON, ‘Beth Howe: Environs’, Mercer Union; Toronto, ON 2007 ‘MadeReady’, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ON‘Best of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, ‘Reports’: The Explorers Club Research Collections Department, New York, NY 2006‘Topograph’, MADE Design, Toronto, ON, ‘Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON, ‘New Lines: Drawn, Stitched, and Sculpted’: SPUR Projects, Portola Valley, CA, ‘Re-Shelving Initiative’: Eye Level Gallery; Halifax, NS 2005‘To Have and To Hold’: Minnesota Center for the Book; Minneapolis, MN, ‘Under Construction’: Dyan Marie Projects; Toronto, ON, ‘Do You Like Stuff?’: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, NY,‘Fibreworks 2004’: Art Gallery of Peterborough; Peterborough, ON 2004‘Imagine’: La Jolla Fiber Arts; La Jolla, CA, ‘Portable’: Rad’a Gallery; Montreal, QC, ‘Fibreworks 2004’, Cambridge Galleries; Cambridge, ON, ‘Post-Minimal’: Gallery 1313; Toronto, ON, ‘The Block’: Galerie Une; Neuchatel, Switzerland, ‘Scapes’: Berliner Kunst Projeckt; Berlin, Germany 2003 ‘The Art of the Draw’: Armory Gallery; Napa, CA, ‘Four in the Foreground’: Hang Annex; San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition: San Francisco, CA, ‘Phalanges’: 473 Broadway Gallery; New York, NY, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco, CA 2002 ‘Today’: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, NY, Public Interventions: L7; San Francisco, CA, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco, CA