...Thread connects this world with the next and all beings to one another. - The Upanishads
Thread can mend, ensnare, embellish or bind. It can act as a connector between different elements or different worlds. It can also tangle and create either a warm nest or a disaster. It can be web-like and fragile, or thick, twined and tough. It can lead the way or draw the line. Though ambiguous as a metaphor, thread is most frequently equated with fate and time and boundaries.
This exhibition focuses on both the material and metaphorical aspects of thread. Each of the fifteen artists in the exhibit has a distinct approach to the use and subject of thread.
Edith Abeyta presents an audience participatory installation work titled, Invasive Summer comprised of four elements: Land-a large fabric surface with holes; Plants-text related to the invasive plant, Japanese Knotweed ; Rocks-fabric rocks made from cardboard; Humans-who then try to get the rocks into the holes.
Susan Connell exhibits exquisite paintings depicting the 19th Century-style embroidery of her mother's wedding dress, and the sheerest of gauze, baby Christening clothes.
Raoul De la Sota shows collaged landscapes made of fragments of fabrics gathered from assorted friends and from the back-of-the-closet. His abstract landscapes have the warmth of handmade quilts, implied by the cloth piecework.
Dawn Ertl presents an elegant installation comprised of suspended, open-weave, thread panels. Each panel, while abstract, refers to specific weather mapping.
Kiyomi Fukui exhibits delicate tatting, an early 19th Century technique of making lace through knotting and looping thread. Fukui's work stems from her connection to her mother who died at the time Fukui was beginning to work seriously in tatting
Betsy Lohrer Hall shows a subtle three panel, 2-D visual poem in which pieces of torn paper are joined with thread, each element affecting the next: a needle/working with holes and/strong tiny strands,/threads a pathway through. -Betsy Lohrer Hall
Chuck Hohng exhibits tender, large-scale stuffed teddy bears who are bound by thread.
Peter Liashkov presents Lost in Hollywood, a large illustration from a Russian folk-tale that has been photo-transferred to coarse mesh screening employed in the plastering process. This particular illustration is a copy of a piece done by his mother, who in turn copied it from a well-known image by the Russian artist, Bilibin.
Through intuitive manipulation of thread, fabrics, salvaged objects, tape and mixed media, Tina Linville creates fanciful abstract forms. Her instinctive yet careful process seems to be both labor intensive and spontaneous - a rare combination.
Victoria May presents Collateral Damage, a mixed media installation in which the human vein and capillary systems are depicted in red embroidery. Medical IV apparatus accompanies this figure where red thread equals blood.
Laurel Paley exhibits The World's Longest Potholder, an audience participatory installation of potholders woven from donated, worn-out socks. The potholders are attached end-to-end, to create a long chain that festoons the space it occupies.
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia presents embroidered abstractions that walk the line visually, between oil painting and thread work. Often inspired by traditional Latin American craftwork, Segovia explores a territory that mingles fine art and craft.
Lisa Solomon presents intricate embroidered walls works that stem from a deep connection to repetitive traditional craft work yet she explores the realm of the history of fine art painting in her choices of scale, color and implied subject matter. Through the choice of thread as media, Solomon treads the uneasy divide between art and craft.
Ruth Katzenstein Souza shows a unique version of the traditional mending box in which her tools and materials, including needles, yarn and spools of thread, imply potential and manifest connection to ancestral influence. Additionally Souza presents a series of photographs of shadows printed on cloth that she has embellished with embroidery.
Chuck Hohng; Burden; Mixed Media
Dawn Ertl; Short Term, Long Term, Relationships;
Dawn Ertl; Short Term, Long Term, Relationships (detail);
Tina Linville; Squaring the Circle; Mixed Media
Peter Liashkov; Lost in Hollywood; Mixed Media