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Sarah Symes –

Nov 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

My last few postings have me on a fiber-artists bent, which led me to think back to a link I noted a few months ago on Sarah Symes, maker of “abstract contemporary textile art”. Above is an overall and detail shot of one of her pieces, “California Dream” as found on her website. I really like the orange and pink color combination! Whether a fair comparison or not, there’s a certain Gee’s Bend look to some of her pieces — but overall all her work seems to have a more painterly, rather than craft-based aesthetic.

Jon Eric Riis –

Nov 7, 2007 | Leave a Comment

The October 2007 issue of Interior Design magazine has a full-page detail (above, top) of one of Jon Eric Riis’ textiles (part of the collection of a homeowner in Austin). The feather motif is incredibly striking — and the whole piece seems to mix an unstructured contemporary sensibility with an almost medieval quality*, as if he blew up a detail found in an old tapestry and then made it three dimensional. You can see the scale of the work as it hangs on the far left hand side of the interior room shot. Click here to see more of his pieces at the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe.

*In an abstract way it reminds me of the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters in NYC; detail below is from “The Unicorn is Found” (1495-1505), shown on the Metropolitan Museum’s website.

Fortuny Interior –

Nov 6, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Here’s the one and only postcard I purchased in Venice, showing an interior shot of the Palazzo Fortuny. The house-museum quality of the main floor was the most fun for me, especially seeing all of the crazy things Fortuny collected, in the tradition it seemed of curiosity cabinets kept centuries prior. I also really liked the long custom sofas (as shown above). There were at least two of them and the chance to actually sit down and relax in what was essentially the living room was really nice. I also like the sofa design independent of the setting — longer than a daybed, less structured than a sofa, relaxed but elegant. Below, another image of the museum I found online.

El Anatsui in Venice –

Nov 3, 2007 | 1 Comment

Venice was AMAZING of course and full of textiles, textures and the generally tactile! I’ll be posting more images soon but for now here are a few pictures of El Anatsui’s current exhibit at Palazzo Fortuny. One of the few descriptions I’ve found on-line refers to the piece as a “tapestry of empty tins”. The colors are reminiscent of an iridescent oil slick and the gathering and folding of the piece is absolutely evocative of cloth. I’ve seen El Anatsui’s work at the De Young Museum in San Francisco but don’t know much about him. In any case, he’s found an amazing way to create art out of what would otherwise be recycling at best!

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