July Fiber Art Picks!
The Near Distant Future
Super Dutchess Gallery
The Near Distant Future explores the idea of visual perception and optical illusion by depicting the visual translation that occurs between the eyes and the brain. Samantha Bittman combines the image and the object in her work while Jeffrey Dell combines the image and the surface, allowing the images to enter in and out of the third dimension. Both Bittman and Dell focus on the aura of physical craft while considering elements of the digital. The artists skillfully use shape, form, color and pattern to create visual glitches.
New Museum Lobby Gallery
Darling Divined features a series of woven tapestries by Diedrick Brackens that explore black and queer identity in the United States. The pieces highlighted in the show feature a masterful fusion of fiber traditions including West African weaving, European tapestries, and quilting techniques from the American south. Brackens uses a mix of both conventional and unconventional dyeing materials to feature narratives that connect experience, commemoration and allegory. In addition, Brackens skillfully highlights the symbolism connected to the materials used in his pieces, such as cotton which has a deep rooted connection to the transatlantic slave trade.
Morgan Lehman Gallery
Woven Walls features a series of artworks that explore the role of textile in expanding the boundaries of contemporary art. Featuring artwork from five artists, Paolo Arao, Carly Glovinski, Crystal Gregory, Elana Herzog, and Tamara Kostianovsky, the exhibition highlights artworks from a range of different media including painting, sculpture, and installation. The fusion of textile techniques and techniques gathered from other media are used to produce a series complex contemporary artworks. The artworks raise discussion about the sociopolitical considerations surrounding textiles such as human labor, sexual politics and freedom.
Timothy Taylor, New York
ILACIONES features the artworks of Jorge Eielson, Luis Flores, Engel Leonardo, Gerd Leufert, Claudia Martínez Garay, Joiri Minaya, Solange Pessoa, Claudia Peña Salinas, and Eduardo Terrazas who are all either from Latin America or influenced by Latin American traditional techniques. The title of the exhibition, ILACIONES, can be translated to ‘nexus’ or ‘threads’ reflects the connections between the artists’ consideration of material, gesture and ideas. The artworks explore the intersections between the creative process and manual labor, forming a political discourse about identity in the age of globalization.
In Overflow, Ruth Cuthand, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Andrea Geyer, Max Liboiron, Mary Mattingly, Lisa Myers, Swoon, Hanae Utamura, and Tali Weinberg (July Work in Progress resident) explore water as a connective substance. The exhibition explores the transitional state of water and the development of social relations through situations of water toxicity. Overflow aims to discuss how our understanding of kin might become more fluid.
Table of Contents Presents: Ambiguous Objects/Open Forms
Koenig & Clinton
Ambiguous Objects/Open Forms features a series of artworks that challenge the traditional boundaries between art and design. The collection of works aims to argue that not just art, but all objects can create an affective response. The pieces highlighted in this exhibition are collected from a series called Table of Contents, initially developed by Joseph Magliaro as an attempt to sell items with sentimental value and less practical value. The installation of the artworks aims to challenge traditional ideas of the behaviors and relationships that are appropriate in certain spaces.
Complement this month’s shows with these reads
Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art (2019)
Featuring an extensive survey of over 100 modern-day textile and fiber artists – Vitamin T offers readers a comprehensive look into the flourishing world of textile arts. While exploring the practices of contemporary fiber artists, the book seeks to highlight the connections between art and craft in textiles. With its in-depth exploration of the social and historical impact of textile arts, Vitamin T is a celebration of the role that textile arts have developed in the contemporary art world.
Feelings: Soft Art (2015)
In an exploration of soft textures, Feelings: Soft Art explores the way that materials influence the way that we experience art. The book is a multi-sensational experience, featuring a multitude of illustrations, imagery and original artworks to depict the role of texture in contemporary art. In an exploration of softness, the book highlights a collection of artworks and artists to explore how various artists interact with material.