Represented Artist

Frances Trombly

Born 1976, Miami, FL, United States

Frances-Trombly
Frances Trombly draped a long length of hand woven and hand dyed fabric over scaffolding for her installation at Locust Projects.
Frances Trombly, Over and Under, Installation view at Locust Projects.

Frances Trombly meanders into all sorts of territory, straddling genre lines and tunneling through hierarchical divides.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs from the exhibition. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Frances Trombly

Frances Trombly sculpts with fabric, and she hand-weaves and hand-embroiders sculpture. Her work has, since 2010, explored the potential of her fabric sculpture to shift form between paintings or sculptures.  In other cases they accentuate architecture or the fabric itself. She does not use paint. In her 2010 show at Girls Club Collection, she stretched, leaned, floored and upholstered bare handwoven canvas. In Over and Under, her 2013 piece at Locust Projects, a bolt of hand-dyed vivid yellow fabric draped, zig-zag fashion, through the rungs of an aluminum scaffold. She sought to recall the forms of industrial looms, their usual purpose, and their history too. Textiles were one of the earliest innovations in the industrial revolution to take women from their cottage industries into a far more alienating workforce. She also refers to her own history (in the making) since the scaffold was purchased with funds in the budget for the show to support her alternative art space, which in turn supported her studio space.  More key actions reveal themselves in this piece – work, time, drape and interconnectivity.

In Blue Folds (2015) Trombly wove blue thread into her fabric as if to highlight her favorite detail – the peaks in the fabric’s graceful drape.

In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Leah Ollman wrote, “What confident trespassers, the works of Frances Trombly. Sculptures, weavings, installations — they meander into all sorts of territory, straddling genre lines and tunneling through hierarchical divides. They make a quietly defiant case for the complex richness of multiplicity, simultaneity.”

An early work by Frances Trombly is on view now at the NSU Art Museum in the exhibition Happy.

Biography

Frances Trombly (b. 1976 Miami, FL, USA) is based in Miami, FL, United States. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo project at Locust Projects, Miami; and curated group shows Americana: Formalizing Craft at the Perez Art Museum Miami and united states at the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT.

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 is in the permanent collection of the Perez Art Museum, Miami and NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, among others.

This year, Frances Trombly won a Creator Award, which is an Ellie to create large-scale works for two upcoming exhibitions that examine woven textiles and their relationship to painting. This year Oolite Arts awarded 44 artists recognition. The jury consisted of nationally recognized curators and art leaders:  Deana Haggag, Maria Elena Ortiz, Ian Berry, Debbie Margol, and Larry Ossei-Mensah.

Trombly is an artist in residence at Oolite Arts through 2019. She co-directs Dimensions Variable, an exhibition space in Miami, Florida.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Artist in Residence, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL

2018
Zonamaco Sur x Emerson Dorsch, México City, México

2016
Material and its Making, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2013
Over and Under, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2012
Art & Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve, Montreal (duo)
Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

2011
Not Paintings, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Frances Trombly: Everything and Nothing, Moore College of Art & Design, Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
A Point From Which to Start, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia
Paintings, Girlsʼ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2008
Thinking of Things, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Tethered, The Art Gallery, Government Center, Miami, FL

2006
Frances Trombly, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL

2005
It Makes Me Happy, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, North Miami, FL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, Frost Museum, Miami, FL

2017
Columbus College of Art & Design, August 2017-January 2018

2016
Lost Spaces and Stories, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Contemporary Arts Program, Miami, FL
Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2015
Time and Materials, FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Beach, FL
Residential Properties, Miami, Florida
Art on the Green, City of Winter Park, Orlando, Florida
Alternative Contemporaneities: Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Habit: the politics of repetition, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, Florida
Locally Sourced, Transformer, American University Museum College of Arts & Sciences, Washington, DC

2014
Textures of Place, Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway
On Location, Dimensions Variable, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

2013
Americana: Formalizing Craft, Perez Art Museum Miami
The Mediumʼs Session, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Multiplicity, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami, FL

2012
united states, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Not What It Seems, Kennesaw State University Art Museum, Kennesaw, GA
Trombly Rodriguez, The Fabric of a Space, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

2011
Come Together: Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Off, Lejos del lugar en cuestión, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia
Press Plush, Garfo Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contained, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

2010
Last Minute Intervention, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California
New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Look Again, SECCA, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Aesthetics & Values, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

2009
In Stitches, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, New York
Night Shift, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, New York
New Art, South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition, University Galleries Florida
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
With You I Want to Live: Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Collection, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale/Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Coupling, Buena Vista Building, Design District, Miami, FL

2008
Under the Influence, Girlsʼ Club & Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hecho a mano, el oficio en el arte, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Columbia
Five Solo Shows, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida
Open Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Tuttle, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida
Yardwork, CasaLin, Miami, Florida
Disappearances, Shadows and Illusions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Self-Storage, California College of the Arts, The Hardware Store Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007
Top Soil, Curated by Mette Tommerup, Casa Lin, Miami, FL
Id Is, Steven Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, California
Real Time, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Whatʼs Your Hobby?, Curated by Beth DeWoody, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York
Craft Women and Rebel Grrrls, MoCA, The Goldman Warehouse, Miami, Florida
Stitch in Time, University of California, San Francisco, California
Drawn In/Drawn Out, Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2006
Papel, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Columbia
Tour, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna Biennale, Vienna, Austria
Locust Projects, Milwaukee International Art Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California
Native Seeds, Art Center South Florida, Miami, Florida
Something, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2005
I woke up in a strange place, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, New York
MoCA and Miami, Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
On the Mark, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Hanging by a Thread, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
Reduced, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
Trading Places, Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Something is Somewhere, Curated by Anat Ebgi, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
For Everyone and No One, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Carina Randlov and Frances Trombly, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, New York
Open House, Bank Art, Los Angeles, California

2004
Domestic Arrivals, White Box, New York, NY
Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
Assembly Required, World Arts Building, Miami, FL

2003
Volume 3 / No. 2, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, North Miami, FL
Made in Miami, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Sculpture, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida
Manifest Destiny, Miami Design District, Miami, FL

2002
Arts to Nature, Miami-Dade Parks Tropical Park, Miami, FL
No Show, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

2001
Eight Solo Shows, Carlos Betancourt Studio, Miami, FL
The House at MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS

2010 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge Grant/ Girlsʼ Club, Ft. Lauderdale
2009 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships for Visual & Media Artists, Miami-Dade County
2009 Capri Palace, Artist Residency, Anacapri, Italy
2008 Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artist Fellowship
2007 Vermont Studio Center Residency/Grant, Johnson, Vermont
Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Artist Enhancement Grant

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, NY
M-Restaurant Group, Glam, Shanghai, China
Martha and Jim Sweeney Collection of Contemporary Prints by American Women, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, FL
Memorial Sloan Kettering, New Jersey
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Swatch Art Peace Hotel Collection, Shanghai, China
U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program, Beijing, China
Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection/Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kathryn and Dan Mikesell, Miami, FL
Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL
Marshall Center Collection, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Roger Evans Collection, London, UK

EDUCATION
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

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