Wednesday, June 29, 2016
SDA show 6 -- machine stitching
After the interruption of telling you about the SAQA show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, I'm resuming my longer reports on the SDA show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn NY, a show that I found much more interesting because of the wider variety of subjects and techniques. Today I'll talk about machine stitching used as the main method of creating pattern and design.
Well, I'll admit it, maybe I'm biased toward this work because it's so similar to work that I have been experimenting with myself. The artist has heavily machine stitched, to the point that the underlying canvas support is no longer visible.
She points out in her artist statement that she likes the distortion of the flat canvas and the fact that the stitching allows the form to be self-supporting, and I would make both these points in regard to my own stitched sculptures. I like the biomorphic form in this piece and wonder what she has made in subsequent work in this series.
I like the way the work spreads out on the wall and yet retains a 3-D character; I like how Antarctica is perfectly centered in its own pentagon.
Tomorrow I'll show you hand stitching. The SDA show continues at the Schweinfurth through August 21.