Loominosity at OUTLET Gallery in Bushwick
A new generation of artists are discovering that weaving has an unlimited potential for exploration – formally through endless possibilities of color, surface, construction and materials, but also conceptually through the process of interlocking warp and weft. The history, associations and long tradition of weaving make it the perfect vehicle for commenting on contemporary issues in our culture like gender roles, technology and even the proliferation of the digital in our contemporary lives.
From February 20 through March 29 , OUTLET Gallery in Bushwick will be exhibiting the work of six such artists who utilize the loom in their art. I was excited to recognize two of the artists included in the show.
Amanda Hu is a recent alum of TAC’s Artists in Residency program. Hu is a New York based artist who works with a variety of media including bookmaking, printmaking and weaving. This past fall, four of her etherial weavings were included in the AIR5 Show. Hu’s work is distinct in its subtle and rich use of color. Her abstracted weavings share the sweeping gesture of a seascape, but they also evoke a emotional landscape of fleeting moments bleeding into each other.
Erin M. Riley is also a member of the TAC community. I first encountered her provocative work when I curated a small works show in honor of Textile Art Center’s fifth birthday last summer. What I think makes Erin’s work so compelling isn’t just her subject matter, but her process of taking something so immediate and of the now like the digital “selfie” phenomena, and then translating that image into a time-consuming process and longstanding tradition like weaving.
You can see the works of Erin M. Riley and Amanda Hu along with those of Samantha Bittman, Robin Kang, Steven and William Ladd and Phillip Stearns at OUTLET from February 20 until March 29.
For more information please visit: www.outletbk.com/exhibitions/loominosity
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