The Form, Not Function show at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany IN is more than halfway through its run and I have finally managed to see and photograph it at leisure. I wrote last month about the winner of the social and political commentary award, but now let me mention some of the other pieces that I particularly liked.
I think the quilt medium is particularly conducive to abstract and geometric design, especially in pieced quilts, and this year's FNF seemed to have plenty of excellent examples.
Here's another award-winner, this one that I helped choose, given by River City Fiber Artists, my longtime small quilt support group. It's a classic example of using a recurring motif in different sizes and values, an exercise that you might encounter in a workshop but substantial enough to work with for a long time (as I infer Heather has done, since this is already number six). Note how the use of neutrals adds so much interest and sophistication to the monochrome color scheme.
A similar character -- mysterious shapes huddled on a white background -- is found in this piece by Gail Baar, an artist whose work I have seen in person several times and admired for a several years. But unlike Karen's white background, which was framed in yellow and olive, Gail's white background had the misfortune of being hung on a white wall and it was hard to tell where the quilt stopped and the wall started. I think that hung on a colored or gray wall this quilt would sing a lot louder than it did here.
Finally, I liked this quirky smallish piece, not just for its strong design but for its wide variety of fabrics. Different materials (silk, velveteen, damask, cotton), some commercial prints, some hand-dyed and painted, some recycled. The different shades of black in the background are particularly effective.