Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Art in Santa Fe 2 -- fiber-like
It's always nice to encounter fiber art in mainstream art venues; makes you feel vindicated for working in a niche world. For many years Thirteen Moons Gallery in Santa Fe carried only fiber art, but proprietor Jane Sauer closed that business a while ago. Yet here was Jane back again last month, curating a show at Tansey Contemporary called "Fictitious Fiber" -- many of the works resemble fibers but are made from other materials.
For instance, here are two "baskets" woven from clay and a "doily" cut from wood.
Jim Kraft, Keep Blue Rutile
Jim Kraft, White Basket (detail)
Some non-fictitious, actual fibers sneaked into the show, despite its title. I was familiar with Carol Shinn's densely machine-embroidered pictures, and Judith Content's silk kimono-shaped quilts.
Carol Shinn, Alone in the Sun
But my favorite pieces were those using textile techniques on non-textile materials.
Here are two large weavings, I guess you'd call them, by Gugger Petter, using newspaper and hemp cording. Some areas were done in plain weave, others used tapestry techniques to lay in different colors. I could look at these for a long time.