Textile news

September 2016

BOX_BP pub coverBook of the Month

This publication documents an important fiber exhibition (see below) premiering this month at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen for his extraordinary collection, the exhibition features 36 artists who were challenged more than ten years ago by Cotsen’s longtime curator Mary Hunt Kahlenberg (d. 2011), to create a three-dimensional work that would fit into a smallish, shallow box. His current curator, Lyssa Stapleton, remarks that the project “is about challenges—asking weavers who work in two dimensions to conquer three-dimensional space, requiring artists making art on a grand scale to work in miniature, and inspiring sculptors, painters and designers to create something with fiber.” Available from the Fowler Museum, 336 pages.

 

 

Nancy Koenigsberg, September Harvest, 2008. Photo by Bruce M. White, copyright Lloyd Cotsen, 2016.

Nancy Koenigsberg, September Harvest, 2008. Photo by Bruce M. White, copyright Lloyd Cotsen, 2016.

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

Artists in the exhibition include Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Helena Hernmarck, Ai Kijima, Gerhardt Knodel, Nancy Koenigsberg, Cynthia Schira, and Richard Tuttle. In his essay for the exhibition catalog, Bruce Pepich (Racine Art Museum) notes that Nancy Koenigsberg’s piece “relates to her work at the time that suggested an interest in, and also a departure from, basketry techniques and forms applied to the unconventional use of metal wire.” Considering the project as a whole, Pepich concludes: “The degree of thoughtful analysis that went into each Box Project is indicative of the ongoing positive influence of these artists on the fiber field at large.” The exhibition opens at the Fowler Museum on September 11 and continues until January 15. It will travel in spring of 2017 to the Racine Art Museum, and then to The Textile Museum at George Washington University in autumn of 2017.

http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

 

 

Allyson Allen, African Ladies, 1998, 92 x 89 in.

Allyson Allen, African Ladies, 1998, 92 x 89 in.

 

African-American Quilts and Textiles by Allyson Allen

With sixty quilts on view, Allyson Allen’s solo show at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque presents a broad array of her talents as a quilt artist, ranging from 1992 until this year. She creates quilts in traditional as well as contemporary styles in a cross-disciplinary approach to the medium. Allen refers to her works, mostly consisting of narratives and story telling, as “information art.” Many of these quilts include text highlighting various events in Black history. The exhibition can be seen through October 22.

http://kuumba421.wix.com/quilts421

 http://www.aapacnm.org

 

 

 

Judith Content, installation photo of Labyrinth, 2015, 64 x 81 in. At the near left is a work by Jill Norfords Clark (U.S.A.); the piece to the far left is by Quiglin Wu (China).

Judith Content, installation photo of Labyrinth, 2015, 64 x 81 in. At the near left is a work by Jill Norfords Clark (U.S.A.); the piece to the far left is by Quiglin Wu (China).

Exterior of The Central Museum of Textiles (Lodz, Poland). Photo by Judith Content.

Exterior of The Central Museum of Textiles (Lodz, Poland). Photo by Judith Content.

15th International Triennial of Tapestry (Lodz, Poland)

California artist Judith Content is among the five participants from the U.S. invited to exhibit in the 15th International Triennial. She created a piece specifically for the exhibition (see image) and attended the opening celebrations. 136 Artists from 46 countries are participating in the main exhibition. In a related exhibition at the museum, the Young Textile Art Triennial introduces the fiber and textile works of students in 21 art schools from Bucharest, Chicago, Helsinki, Prague, Tokyo, and several other cities. Closing on October 30.

http://muzeumwlokiennictwa.pl/1-triennale/1/534,15th-international-triennial-of-tapestry-lodz-2016.html?lang=en

 

 

 

 

VALYA, detail of Speechless Scroll II, 2012, which includes industrial felt and newsprint paper among the materials.

VALYA, detail of Speechless Scroll II, 2012, which includes industrial felt and newsprint paper among the materials.

California Fibers: Eclectic Threads

The Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, California) is hosting California Fibers: Eclectic Threads, which includes two- and three-dimensional pieces in a wide range of materials: silk, bamboo, wool, wire, paper, etc. California Fibers, founded in 1970, supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. The Ukrainian-American artist VALYA has a piece in the exhibition addressing the “human hunger to know of one’s origins, the concept of identity, and the visual exploration of memory.” This exhibition runs through October 9.

http://oma-online.org/exhibitions-oma/

 

 


One Response to “September 2016”

  1. Sue Kaufman says:

    Great reading, and informative, as always. Thank you

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