Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kaneko: The tapestry of ATB10

Nebraska is almost 500 miles wide. I know because I drove from northern Colorado to see the fiber shows currently up at Kaneko in Omaha. I wanted to see American Tapestry Biennial 10 again and I decided to go when Dr. Jessica Hemmings who juried the show was giving a lecture. 
I visited this show in San Diego last May and you can see how Visions Art Museum displayed the show HERE. The show in Omaha looks very different. The huge space dwarfs the tapestries but does help you feel like they aren't hung quite as close together as they actually are. I posted many detailed photographs of some of the tapestries in the post from Visions.

Here are a few shots of the Kaneko installation and some images of tapestries I didn't show in San Diego as well as a short video. The video was done with a hand-held video camera. Please don't yell at me because it is shaky. It is only intended to give you a feel for the space.

I have enjoyed all of these pieces over the last year and a half. Because I am one of the co-chairs for ATB10, I had the great pleasure of being the first person to see them as they were submitted by the artists, and now I have seen the show twice.

I was unable to get a good shot of Clare Coyle's piece in San Diego. Here is a little bit better photo of this marvelous piece plus a detail.

Clare Coyle, The Land Gives Us.... 4.25 x 22.25 x 0.5 inches, cotton, silk, linen, wool
Clare Coyle, The Land Gives Us.... (detail)
Deborah Corsini, Disconnect; Connie Lippert, Wakulla (red line series); Rebecca Mezoff, Emergence VII; Clare Coyle, The Land Gives Us....; Mary Lane, Untitled #140

Kaneko displayed Cecilia Blomberg's Birch Rolls piece differently than Visions did.
Cecilia Blomberg, Birch Rolls, Each of 10: 118 x 5.5 inches, cotton warp, cotton fabric strips
Ann Booth's piece was much easier to appreciate in this show as it was hung in a spot I could look at it from both sides easily. This piece plays with you a little bit. This photo shows it from the right side and straight on. I believe she made this happen with soumak.
Ann Booth, Tahirih (two views), 32 x 21 inches, wool weft, cotton warp
Ann Booth, Tahirih (detail)
Sarah Warren, October Rain, 23.5 X 12.5 inches, hand-dyed wool weft on cotton warp
Barbara Brophy, Inspired by Rothko, 19 x 20.25 inches, wool weft, cotton warp
Kristin Saeterdal, Scared of the dark; Linda Giesen, White Sand; Anna Byrd Mays, BigPair
Dorthe Herup, Gundrun Elise and Burmann the ram II; Susan Iverson, Slow Passage
Susan Iverson, Slow Passage (detail)
Verona Szabo, Moment 1. 2. 3., Three panels each 23.6 x 19.7 inches, wool, silk
Joanne Sanburg, Home Sweet Home, 35 x 23 x 2 inches, wool, silk, cotton, and synthetic fiber on cotton warp, embellished with Japanese vintage bees, jewelry, crochet flowers, an old fly swatter, painted weft and woven (hat) straw
Joanne Sanburg, Home Sweet Home (detail)
Cornelia Theimer Gardella, Untitled #2 (Red, Blue), 26.5 x 40 inches, hand-dyed wool weft, cotton warp
Cheri White, R.I.P, 9.75 x 4 x 3/8 inches, cotton weft, cotton polyester warp
Don Burns, Autumn, 67 x 38 x 1 inch, wool, linen, silk, cotton
Sanda Bucur, Magic Carpet 2, 25.59 x 64.96 inches, wool, cotton
I took some photos of the show in the morning, sunlight streaming in through the clerestory and the glass brick walls. Then I went back after dark for Dr. Jessica Hemmings' lecture and I was take aback by how the yellow yarn in Lialia Kuchma's piece BlueRose looked like it was glowing neon. You can see it to some extent in the two photos below. In person the glow was striking.
Lialia Kuchma, BluRose, 64 x 71 inches, wool weft, cotton warp, Photographed in the morning with daylight in gallery.
Lialia Kuchma, BluRose, 64 x 71 inches, wool weft, cotton warp, Photographed after dark with entirely artificial light.

There was one piece that was accepted to the show but was damaged in international transport. Unfortunately it was not able to be returned to the USA in time for the show at the Kaneko. Here is that image.
Misako Wakamatsu, Complications, 112 x 52 x 2 inches, silk cloth & linen yarn

Please review my prior post about ATB10 for more photographs of the tapestries. American Tapestry Biennial 10, San Diego. Some of my favorites are shown there. The catalog for ATB10 is available through the American Tapestry Alliance HERE. Cornelia Theimer Gardella put the catalog together and she did a marvelous job.

Here is a very short video of the show.

I drove out to the college where Mary Zicafoose's solo show was... many miles and a Chipotle stop from downtown Omaha. The gallery was locked up, lights off. A kind office manager helped me realize that the postcard I was clutching hopefully in my hand which advertised the show did indeed state that it opens March 6th. Today is, after all, March 5th. It looked great through the windows though. I'll stop back tomorrow on my way out of town when hopefully it really will be March 6th.

Stay tuned for some images from the other fiber shows at Kaneko right now. Jon Eric Riis's work was the most inspiring--all nine large-scale tapestries.


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Beyond amazed. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the peek! Love seeing your piece from such a well-lit distance. And the detail in Clare Coyle's small work is just incredible! Very inspiring.

  3. Rebecca,
    I am reminded again and again of the generous efforts among the various fields of friendships and I am most appreciative - thank you for this blog and for your video, it affords me that rare passage into the past
    with such delight
    Lialia Kuchma

  4. Wow! Thank you for sharing that video. What were the dimensions of your piece? I am just trying to get a sense of what sizes the tapestries are as they appear small.

    1. My Emergence VII piece is 45 x 45 inches. In the world of tapestry, these pieces are fairly small... it is the new way. :-) Lialia Kuchma's BluRose piece is over 5 feet square if that helps. It is the largest piece in the show.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This doesn't completely replace being there in person, but is a wonderful substitute for those of us who can't get to the venue--

  6. That's very helpful. Thank you! I am curious whether there is a theme? The pieces are all very good but I don't see anything that unifies them or maybe that is the point? Thank you again for sharing the video. I've watched it several's amazing really.

    1. You can see all about the American Tapestry Biennials on the ATA website here: (You'll probably have to cut and paste. I don't think Blogger does links here.) The biennials are juried but there isn't a theme.

  7. Trish at Tangled ThreadsMarch 8, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Rebecca, I so appreciate your absolute dedication to both the art and the craft of tapestry. Thank you for including the rest of us on your journey! Trish


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