Born 1976, Miami, FL, United States
Frances Trombly meanders into all sorts of territory, straddling genre lines and tunneling through hierarchical divides.
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.
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.
All This Time, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
Zonamaco Sur x Emerson Dorsch, México City, México
Material and its Making, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Over and Under, Locust Projects, Miami, Florida
Art & Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve, Montreal (duo)
Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Not Paintings, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Frances Trombly: Everything and Nothing, Moore College of Art & Design, Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
A Point From Which to Start, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia
Paintings, Girlsʼ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Thinking of Things, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida
Tethered, The Art Gallery, Government Center, Miami, Florida
Frances Trombly, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, Florida
It Makes Me Happy, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, North Miami, Florida
Happy, NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
America Weaves, Coral Gables Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Altered States of Consciousness, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, Frost Museum, Miami, FL
Collection Exhibition, Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Columbus College of Art & Design, August 2017-January 2018
Change Agents, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Blue in the Face, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, Florida
A Thread of Execution, Dimensions Variable, Miami, Florida
Sunrise, Sunset, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, Florida
Lost Spaces and Stories, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Contemporary Arts Program, Miami, Florida
Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Time and Materials, FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Beach, Florida
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
Textures of Place, Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway
On Location, Dimensions Variable, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, Florida
Americana: Formalizing Craft, Perez Art Museum Miami
The Mediumʼs Session, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Multiplicity, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami, FL
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
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
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, Florida
Aesthetics & Values, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
In Stitches, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, New York
Night Shift, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
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, Boca Raton, FL
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
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
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, Colombia
Five Solo Shows, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Open Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Tuttle, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Yardwork, CasaLin, Miami, Florida
Disappearances, Shadows and Illusions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Self-Storage, California College of the Arts, The Hardware Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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, NY
Craft Women and Rebel Grrrls, MoCA, The Goldman Warehouse, Miami, FL
Stitch in Time, University of California, San Francisco, California
Drawn In/Drawn Out, Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
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, Florida
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, Florida
Reduced, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Trading Places, Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
Something is Somewhere, Curated by Anat Ebgi, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
For Everyone and No One, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
Carina Randlov and Frances Trombly, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, New York
Open House, Bank Art, Los Angeles, California
Domestic Arrivals, White Box, New York, NY
Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
Assembly Required, World Arts Building, Miami, FL
Volume 3 / No. 2, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, North Miami, FL
Made in Miami, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, Florida
Sculpture, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida
Manifest Destiny, Miami Design District, Miami, Florida
Arts to Nature, Miami-Dade Parks Tropical Park, Miami, FL
No Show, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Eight Solo Shows, Carlos Betancourt Studio, Miami, FL
The House at MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS
Ellies Award, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL
Studio Residency at Oolite Arts, Miami, FL
Hambridge Center Residency, Rabun Gap, GA
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge Grant/ Girlsʼ Club,
South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships for Visual & Media Artists,
Capri Palace, Artist Residency, Anacapri, Italy
Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artist Fellowship
Vermont Studio Center Residency/Grant, Johnson, Vermont
Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Artist Enhancement Grant
Jeri L. Wolfson Collection
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
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