October Fiber Art Picks!
Top: Teeth, 2018, by Martha Tuttle; Bottom: No Such Luck, 2017, by Erin M. Riley
Dorsky Gallery presents Complicated Territory, a group exhibition curated by Bridget Donlon, featuring work by Alex McQuilkin, Erin M. Riley, and Martha Tuttle. The exhibit spans a number of mediums from textiles to paintings. Erin M. Riley displays her woven tapestries, Alex McQuilkin’s Flashe paintings take off from the patterns of mass-produced wallpapers, and Martha Tuttle’s textile based paintings, which begin as raw wool before they are woven and dyed by the artist. This exhibition allows each of the artists to communicate ideas of identity, gender, and domesticity, as well as showcase a number of ways in which traditional materials and art making are changing, within mediums of textiles and painting.
September 30 – December 16, 2018
Anne Lindberg, the long sun, 2017. Thread and staples, 16 x 35 x 9 feet. Courtesy the artist, source: https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/the-eyes-level
Curated by MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Shannon R.
Anne Lindberg is an artist that works in the expanded field of drawing and sculpture, her exhibition the eye’s level uses space, light, and heavyweight colored thread to create an installation in MAD’s galleries. Lindberg to draws with threads, pulling the strings taut from one end to another, she creates an architectural sculpture that manipulates how light is reflected and resisted in the space.
October 16, 2018 to March 3, 2019
Bringing together collections from all over the world, this exhibition presents 140 objects that will include reliquaries, manuscripts, rare textiles, books. These objects represent the cultural heritage of Armenia, and demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity.
September 22, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Christopher Myers, Runaway, 2018 Appliqué Fabric
Christopher Myers is a multimedia artist and playwright from New York City. This show exhibits work that uses traditional techniques such as quilting, embroidery, ship-building, and other crafts from people all over the world. Christopher showcases through his work that craft is globally connected through techniques and materials. The globality of craft is further emphasized through his thinking of geographical identity and migration.
September 14, 2018 – October 27, 2018
Installation view, Rockabye My Bedrock Bones
Camille Hoffman is a mixed-media artist that uses a variety of everyday life materials to make her work which manifests primarily as painting. She also takes inspiration from Philippine weaving and Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors. For Hoffman, “this show is an exploration of my landscape work as a form of creative and biological unearthing—an interior reinvention and reconfiguration of past ruins.” This exhibition displays Hoffman’s unique use of various textiles such as shipping blankets and other disposable objects in her paintings and installations.
September 21 – November 4, 2018
MAD Artist in Residence
Lily Moebes (Wednesday), Elodie Blanchard (Thursday), Jesse Harrod (Friday), Victoria Manganiello (Sunday)
The Museum of Arts and Design hosts Artist Studios that allow the public to witness artists at work on a daily basis. The new round of artists and designers started earlier in the fall, and will run until January 2019. There are a number of textile artists and designers to check out. TAC AIR 9 alumni, Lily Moebes, works primarily with printmaking and textiles. She will be continuing her project, “The Gatekeepers,” using embroidery and quilting to create large-scale figures. Elodie Blanchard is a textile designer that makes use of textile waste to create tree sculptures. Jesse Harrod, works with ideas of sexuality and gender. Harrod’s work utilizes knot-making techniques such as macrame to create sculptures and installations. TAC AIR 7 alumni, Victoria Manganiello, makes installations and paintings with hand-woven textiles. At her MAD studio, she will be using tubing as her weft, and with a computer program she will pump color though the tubing!
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am–5pm
Thursday: 10am–5pm, 6–8pm
Sunday: 10am–1:30pm, 2:30–5pm
by Katie Treggiden
Textiles are becoming a big deal in contemporary visual art, and a very new publication highlights contemporary makers all over the world who are making work on looms! Erin M Riley, one of the artists in the show at Dorsky Gallery listed above in the picks, is highlighted in Weaving – Contemporary Makers on the Loom. You can check out Erin’s work and practice and a number of other artists in this beautiful publication.
by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton
Technology and textiles, two separate disciplines, are actually very much connected when we look at the history of the loom and how it pioneered thinking for the early development of the computer. Taking off from Victoria Manganiello’s work with computers and hand-weaving, Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space covers the role of the intersections between design and technology.
by Glenn Adamson
Glenn Adamson is an academic, teacher, and writer that has propelled modern craft into an academic conversation. Formerly the director at MAD, this is a book he wrote in 2013 on craft.
Edited by Helen C. Evans