I missed the opening of Form, Not Function, the juried quilt show at the Carnegie Center in New Albany IN, but finally made it over to visit. It's a striking show, nicely hung, with not a dud in the place. Three of the four big winners were large abstract quilts, but in three quite different flavors of abstraction.
Karen has been in the top tier of the art/quilt circuit for several years, winning best in show at Quilt National twice and jurying this year's QN. Her spare and powerful composition uses a technique that always intrigues me, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated parts to make a surprisingly coherent whole. Here her various techniques include piecing, couching and painting with both dye and acrylic.
This cheerful quilt features bright solid colors, overlapping shapes and elegantly pieced curves in a Venn diagram sort of composition. An arc of black and white gives a punch of pizzazz in the corner.
The pale starburst in the top left quadrant of the quilt is shibori dyed; the striped arms of the larger, darker star are partly dyed and partly pieced. The white background has subtle touches of pale blue and the occasional dark quilting thread. It's dramatic but calm , enlivened by complex quilting lines that change direction as they encounter invisible tentacles radiating out from the center.
I liked all three of these a lot. A whole lot! I'll tell you about some of the other quilts in the show in later posts. The show continues at the Carnegie through July 17, and as the old Michelin guides used to say, it's not only "worth a detour" but "worth a trip."