I've just returned from Oakville, Canada, where I was able to attend the World of Threads Festival opening. This venue is different from anything I've ever exhibited in before, in that some of the work is shown in a few gallery rooms and the rest is in hallways. Another difference is that the curators chose several pieces by each artist to exhibit together, which made it a very cohesive show.
A few blogs have talked about this show already, including Judy Martin's Nov. 2nd posting and Pat Pauly's current post. One of Judy Martin's pieces
"Not To Know, But To Go On" , was featured in one of the galleries. If you have read Judy's blog, you know about this work, which is about marking time. It's really stunning.
Jim Arendt is an artist I've been following for a while, and it was so nice to see his work in person.
This piece is called "Meghann", and is made of denim, rivets, and zipper. Isn't that amazing!
This work by Karen Goetzinger is "A State of Transparency", and it was hanging in an alcove, where
we were able to walk all around it. She used the Korean Pojogi method of stitching this, and it was very ethereal, moving slightly in the breeze.
Ana Diosdado's piece "Communication Breakdown" caught my eye as it's the kind of three dimensional work I want to be doing.
It seemed to float down, and make beautiful patterns on the wall.
"Skin Deep 1"
"Skin Deep 2"
"Skin Deep 3"
These three pieces are by artist Pat Loucks, and are made using plant and earth pigments. Like a lot of the artwork, this was suspended from the ceiling and allowed to float in front of us.
As I said earlier, this exhibit was different than anything I've been in, and it was exciting to see the artwork displayed in such an interesting way, and to see so much dimensional work in the show.