Transforming Space Transforming Fiber
at the Las Cruces Museum of Art
November 4, 2016 thru January 21, 2017
The Las Cruces Museum of Art invites you to visit and list in your publication, the current exhibition, Transforming Space, Transforming Fiber.
Curated by Susan A. Christie (NM), this invitational exhibition brings together nine nationally and internationally recognized artists whose work is “informed by or engages with fiber as a medium and concept.”
Working with a diversity of materials, these artists create space, light, movement, volume, rhythm, transparency, intimacy, simplicity and surprise. The works reflect their individual explorations, thoughts and intentions.
Highlights include John Garrett’s (Las Cruces) Caravan 2. A meticulously assembled “quilt” using various repurposed materials such as: welded wire grids, artist woven fabric using rust dyed cotton, paper collage, yarns, crocheted copper wire, and bedsprings.
Michelle Cooke pushes weaving to new realms, creating a strip of pattern woven solely of shadows and light on the wall cast through thin 2” square sheets of glass.
David Wagner takes to the skies with his polyester kites, yes they do fly. Imprinted images of his son at three different ages come into sharp relief as visitors view them thru their cell phones.
The largest and most extensive installation is by Mayumi Nishida. 761 hand formed, silk pyramids are assembled by hand into a single inverted pyramidal form suspended from one of the two ceiling grids in the Museum.
Other included artists are Tim Harding (Minneapolis, MN), Katharine Kreisher (Oneonta, NY), Gail Rieke, (Santa Fe, NM), Signe Stuart (Santa Fe, NM), and s.c. Thayer (Santa Fe, NM)
“I overheard people at the opening say, ‘this is the most sophisticated, beautiful show I’ve ever seen at the Las Cruces Museum (of Art).” Olin B West, Visitor
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Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC, 2011
Barbara Lee Smith, Traces curator, talks about the work and making process
of artist Gail Rieke.