There's a new biennial show of fiber art in town. It's called Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art, and it runs through March 21 at the Hudgens Center for the Arts at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth. I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception last Saturday night. A few days ago I went back to the gallery for a closer look at the art. This time I was even more impressed by the innovative approaches of several fiber artists working in the Southeast.
|Jim Arendt: Totemic Figures Photo: Molly Elkind|
|Detail, Totemic Figures Photo: Molly Elkind|
|Cassidy Russell: Removing/Shifting (Doorknob) Photo: Molly Elkind|
Juror and judge Dorothy Moye states that the show reveals a "spectrum of techniques, concept, materials, execution, and global awareness transcending any hint of a regional fiber ghetto."
|Robin L. Haller: All of Your Tears Photo: Molly Elkind|
At the same time, however, these shows can fall into the trap of celebrating astounding technical achievement devoid of fresh content. Intertwined is a pointed reminder to me and to all of us who work with fiber to keep pushing the conceptual content of our work.
This show is sponsored by Atlanta's Southeastern Fiber Arts Alliance, (SEFAA) in honor of the organization's fifth anniversary. Also on view are works by five artists chosen by Ray Pierotti in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the growth of SEFAA: Jennifer Crenshaw, Lynn Pollard, Leisa Rich, Tommye McClure Scanlin, and Karen Tunnell. Uniquely among the artists represented, Dahlonega tapestry weaver Tommye Scanlin was selected for both parts of the show.
The show is on view through March 21 at the Hudgens Center for the Arts at Gwinnett Civic Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, 30097. A catalog of the show will be available mid-February at the Hudgens or from SEFAA at 1705 Commerce Dr. NW, Atlanta, 30318 or online. The show will travel to The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (March 23- April 21), Lamar Arts in Barnesville, GA (May 1-June 27) and Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA (Aug. 3-Sept. 16).
Go! See the show and tell us what you think!