SOLSC Day 11
After writing about an uncluttered week in Monday’s post, yesterday Kathy and I decided to take a ride to Wilkes-Barre. Last week one of our friends called and told us she had seen a segment on the news about an art show we might enjoy. It runs through the 15th at one of the galleries at Wilkes University. It’s about an hour and fifteen minute ride for us.
Here is the link to that news segment. You may have to copy and paste it in your browser.
The exhibit is called “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints”. It is an exhibit of textile art. The exhibition focuses on the art of quilt-making. It presents seventeen works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Although these are not the traditional quilts or even the artsy quilts I see at quilt shows, these pieces do follow the traditional definition of top, batting, and backing.
There was lots of painted and dyed fabric. Many of the quilts consisted of one geometrical shape overlaid another
I did manage to get one picture before the girl at the desk told me picture taking was not allowed. I decided not to post it since they didn’t want pictures taken.
According to a blurb put out by the art gallery, here is what they say about the exhibit.Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large quilts.” The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. Quilts of up to 101 inches high will be featured, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities. The artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The curator balances a focus on shapes with oversized works, exploring excellence in machine quilting and surface design. The exhibition’s artists bring their techniques and vision to realizing this celebration of contemporary textile arts. Among them, Elizabeth Brandt balances large geometric and organic shapes, while at the same time flirting with a demanding dark palette. Jayne Willoughby’s work on one side seems contemplative, while the other spouts riotous color systems. Mary Lou Alexander has been exploring shibori (a Japanese dyeing method) for decades, and utilized this technique to exemplify the beauty of mark-making. Barb Wills printed her fabrics, both cotton and silk, with original woodcuts created from Shina wood, using cutting tools from Japan. The exhibition artists are Denise L. Roberts, Albright, WV; Claire Benn, Surrey, England; Jayne Willoughby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mary Lou Alexander, Hubbard, OH; Christine Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH; Barb Wills, Prescott, AZ; and Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, MI.
So, even though these are not my idea of what a quilt is I am glad we went. It was definitely an interesting exhibit.