Marta Hewett Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of contemporary artists exploring traditional and alternative textile materials and techniques. Artists include: Jappie King Black, Kevin Cole, Erika Diamond, Orly Genger, Tim Harding, Sheila Hicks, Heather Jones, Ed Bing Lee, Judith Scott, Yvette Kaiser Smith and Jim Vollmer. With materials ranging from cast bronze and fiberglass to fine dupioni silk and alpaca, these artists exhibit innovative use of fiber materials and the woven tradition. The exhibition will be on view from January 13th through March 9th, 2018. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, January 13th from 2- 5 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Studies have shown that fiber is the most popular medium for making art in America. In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts revealed that 13% of adults engaged in weaving, quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and needlepoint. People participated creatively using textile processes more than any other art form, including music. * Fiber artists are often dismissed from the larger realm of contemporary art as simply craftspeople, producing works of decorative interest, but lacking communicative value.
There is a current shift in contemporary art by artists employing craft materials and processes in order to convey their view of the world. Interwoven presents a varied group of artists from around the country, women and men, millennials and octogenarians, who are recognized for their innovative use of textiles materials, or their employ of textile related processes in alternative mediums. The scope of materials, method and message are as distinctive as the included artists themselves, each pushing the boundaries of fiber materials and the woven tradition.