Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On Exhibit - Art with +/or about Fiber

In addition to Mixed Media Fiber Art, on exhibit (and guest curated by me) at the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, are the following two shows:

"Sedrick Huckaby: A Love Supreme," which is on exhibit through March 1, 2009.

Quoting from the Museum's website about his work "Sedrick Huckaby creates “quilt paintings” as a way to celebrate both his grandmother’s craft as well as the artistic legacy of the African American quilting tradition.  Huckaby has reproduced in thick, impasto paint the actual quilts produced by his grandmothers as backdrops for many of his portrait paintings of family and friends.  Now, for the current exhibition, he has elaborated on his use of murals and has created a painting installation in which the quilt paintings actually envelop the viewer and wrap themselves around you as you enter the gallery space." Read more.

Read the newspaper article "Blanketing the Danforth with Sedrick Huckaby's paintings," by Kristine Diederich/MetroWest Daily News, on Dec 21, 2008

The image at the top of this post is a detail of one of from one of Sedrick Huckaby's paintings.

"Faith Ringgold: Story Quilts," also on exhibit at the Danforth Museum, through March 1, 2009.

From the Museum's website: "Faith Ringgold has been creating narrative “story” quilts since the 1970s.  Combining acrylic painting on canvas, quilted fabric, and actual text that tells a story, these quilts have catapulted Ringgold to international fame.   Instead of stretching her canvas over wooden stretchers, Ringgold, in collaboration with her mother, a fashion designer, began to sew fabric borders around her paintings.  Working with fabric has been a strong part of Faith’s family history, beginning with Ringgold’s great, great grandmother, who was a slave and had made quilts for her slave-owners.  She later incorporated written text into her works that communicated the themes most important to her: stories of her own life, of African American women and artists throughout history, and of racial and gender inequality." Read more.

Read the newspaper article "Faith Ringgold celebrates African-American history in her artwork," by Kristine Diederich/MetroWest Daily News, on Dec 21, 2008

The Danforth Museum is full of art that is fabric/fiber/mixed media related, and it's a wonderful blend. I hope you can stop by for a visit.