Browsing articles in "Exhibition Textiles"

Jennifer Marsh –

Oct 21, 2008 | 1 Comment

Artist Jennifer Marsh founded the International Fiber Collaborative in 2007 with the hope of bringing more attention to our collective dependence on oil. With the submission of hundreds of individual panels from around the world she was able to cover this entire gas station (located in central New York) with fabric squares expressing a visual/written statement about oil. The installation was completed earlier this year, though I can only imagine its long since been taken down.

Just the image of it is fantastic, but also the symbolism — the abandoned gas station becomes the frame upon which our collective desire to abandon gas is hung. Rather than being a dreary or self righteous statement, however, the installation’s color and humor gives the station new purpose as a place for the community to come together – rather than just passing through.

Grethe Sorenson –

May 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A comment from Scott (artfoundout.blogspot.com) led me to this tapestry work by Grethe Sorenson (born 1947, Denmark) as displayed on the very useful website browngrotta, a site dedicated to “art textiles and fiber sculpture”. The site has a super long list of represented artists to browse, a resource page for textile-related books, etc. Among the works shown this one by Sorenson is my favorite. (Thanks Scott!)

Minimalist Batik –

May 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I just stumbled upon the website for Fiber Scene, a gallery and “artist resource” right here in San Francisco. (Never knew!) Their gallery page is currently highlighting a show now in Berlin, “Taktha, Contemporary Batik in Europe”, part of that city’s yearly fiber art fair. So, long story short, the fiber artist Peter Wenger is represented in the show and above is his work, “The Valley” (2000). It’s wonderfully minimalist!

Haori & Jimbaori –

May 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Out from the dense (endless) number of fabric wings I often scan through at the showrooms, the fabric above from Clarence House leaped out at me last week. Something about the scale, palette and honeycomb pattern is very quieting / soothing. (Larger cloud-like medallions of different colors – partially shown here – float above the ground pattern.) The fabric is named “haori” after a type of Japanese kimono. According to the Met Museum website a haori is one of two types of dofuko, a jacket worn by high-ranking Samurai. The haori is a short jacket with sleeves and a jimbaori (the second type of dofuko) is a sleevlees jacket. The jimbori pictured above is part of the Met’s collection and shows the same type of honeycomb pattern in its interior lining.

Henry Moore’s Textiles –

Apr 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The April issue of The World Of Interiors includes a short article about the textile designs of sculptor Henry Moore, an article that coincides with a new temporary exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation: “Henry Moore: Textiles”, on display from 4/1/08 to 10/19/08. Apart from the particular case of Moore, the article touches on other fine artists who forged relationships with textile manufacturers in the early 20th century — a topic I’d definitely like to explore further in future posts.

Ptolemy Mann –

Mar 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I’ve hit gold this evening with the amazing discovery of Ptolemy Mann’s website! Her textile work is a great example of really compelling fiber art — absolutely beautiful compositions that are stretched like canvas around wooden frames and hung. Check out all her featured designs and be completely inspired. Above top is a design from her 2005 portfolio. Above bottom is a stunning shot of her lounging beneath her work, as featured in Vogue magazine.

Textiles in Painting –

Dec 11, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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I’m always drawn to representations of fabric in paintings and especially so in traditional Indian miniatures. I found this image after doing a few searches on the Rubin Art Museum — a fairly new museum in NYC which I haven’t had a chance to go yet. While their stated focus is on the art of the Himalayas it looks like they cast a wider net in their temporary exhibitions and publishing. In any case, I love the way both the men’s clothing and the carpet they stand on is shown here. It may be simplistic / naive by some Western art history standards but it’s completely expressive in my book. And speaking of books, I’m adding this one to my wish list! Here’s a link to a review the New York Times did about the exhibition at the time; it provides a good primer to the Sikh religion.

Elisa Markes-Young

Nov 30, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Above is a detail image of a piece by Elisa Markes-Young titled “The Strange Quiet of Things Misplaced”. In its entirety the work definitely does evoke the sense that memory is part of a mental landscape not entirely inhabited — or inhabitable. Click here for Young’s own description and to see the overall shot. It’s made of silk, wool, cotton and linen thread on Belgian linen and is approximately 43″ square.

The Birth of Venus –

Nov 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

The holiday weekend was so leisurely that I had time to start and finish a novel — The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. For anyone who likes historic fiction with lots of romance and suspense mixed in I can definitely recommend it. It takes place in Florence during the late 15th and early 16th centuries and has enough references to textiles to warrant mention here! (The main character’s father is a cloth merchant whose business is later threatened by strict sumptuary laws, etc.) Above is an image from the Metropolitan Museum’s website, a tapestry dating to the late 16th century called “The Gathering of Manna” and made in a workshop in Florence. Also now at the Met: a special exhibition, “Tapestry of the Baroque: Threads of Splendor”, lasting until January 6th, 2008.

Victor Vasarely –

Nov 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment

I was looking through my Taschen New York Interiors book this afternoon and boom! An amazing wall textile by someone I had never heard of (but after googling feel I should have…). Victor Vasareley (1906-1997): described by Wikipedia as the “father of op-art” (op as in optical illusion), a Bauhaus trained artist who worked as a graphic designer in the 1930s and ultimately worked in a number of mediums throughout his life. He contributed to the experimental textiles of Edinburgh Weavers (also hadn’t heard of before) which was started in the 1920’s as a subset of of the textile firm Morton Sundour. Anway, I’m gleaning all of this through various random searches so don’t want to compact any informational errors by going on. Needless to say, this Victor Vasarely did exist and did cool stuff! Above top, the image from New York Interiors, followed by a more subdued textile also designed by VV for Edinburgh Weavers (“Keerno”, 1962).