I did enjoy my time with the tapestries in Fort Wayne at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The whole saga of walking into the gallery on Thursday afternoon and realizing immediately that the show was missing pieces was disappointing and telling people their work was not hung was rather miserable. But I still enjoyed spending a lot of time looking at the tapestries that were hung. And the good news is that the rest of the tapestries should be hung already. Please see two of my prior posts for details.
A Call to Action for Tapestry Artists
American Tapestry Biennial 9
Here are a few things I enjoyed about the show with some detailed photos. And of course I wish I could have seen the 16 pieces that were not hung. If anyone goes to see the show after they are up, post some photos!
Sunia, by Ruth Jones, was a piece I studied a lot. There is much that reminds me of classical tapestry here with the hachure, colors, subject matter and floral motifs. I stood close to it to study the technique and found it confusing up close, stepped back a few feet and of course it was wonderful. Perception changes with distance. This piece is lovely. It got the first place award from the juror, Lee Talbot.
|Sunia, Ruth Jones; 32 x 51 inches, wool, silk, cotton|
|Return--Gunilla Petersson; 47 x 39 inches, wool, linen|
|In My, Maybe Your Neighbourhood, Ulrikka Mokdad; 62 x 42 inches, wool, linen|
|In My, Maybe Your Neighbourhood, detail|
|Verdant--Susan Iverson; 51 x 88 x 6 inches, wool, linen, glass.|
|Blueprint #7, Mary Zicafoose; 84 x 88 inches, linen warp, hand-dyed and woven wool weft-faced ikat tapestry|
|Blueprint #7, detail|
***Disclaimer note: I have had issues in the past with tapestry artists objecting to me posting photos of their work on my blog. I want to say here that I do my best to represent each piece as well as possible. These photos are snapshots with a hand-held camera taken by necessity with no flash in a low-light gallery on blue walls. Photography is allowed of ATB shows and is stated so in the entry contract you signed. My purpose in posting these photos is educational. Not everyone can visit these shows, and I know that I learn a great deal from looking at details of other artists work. Please understand that is the spirit in which I post these photos. If you are an artist represented here and you object to my posting photos of your work, please contact me and I will remove the photos. All photos are here at extremely low resolutions. They are not print-able and cannot be blown up more than this in print without being extremely pixelated.