Weekly roundup 29 May 2016

Followups: From 22-May-2016

  • Ephemeral art – my thanks to Jane for the link to Shona Wilson. The video on the Impossibility of Nature is a great insight on Shona’s approach, including the quest for small things; the imperfect, fragile, time and history; the reinvention of objects and transformational use of materials; archetypal versus individual; becoming present; transience and resilience…
  • Chiharu Shiota’s Conscious Sleep. After writing about Shiota and Duchamp’s Sixteen Miles of String I’ve found a lot more about the use of string in contemporary art at http://www.modernedition.com/art-articles/string/string-art-history.html. Fascinating.
  • Façade Exhibition – see post 22-May-2016.

    Lecture: Mark Ledbury, The Wallace Collection (part of the AGNSW Collectors & Collections series).
    I have clear if disjointed memories of visiting the Wallace Collection a number of times in the early 1980s – 25 January 1983 was one visit, evidenced by a note in the catalogue of ceramics still on my bookshelves. Then it was a jewel hidden behind the bustle and lights of Oxford Street, slightly dusty, in memory full of delights but empty of people, my own little secret, a mix of elaborate decorative arts, corridors of armour, and amazing paintings, some straying into chocolate box territory.

    Apparently now it is beautifully refurbished, entirely polished, a darling venue of fashionistas, still full of amazing works, still a jewel but altogether Discovered. So memory and time betray us.

    In compensation, Mark Ledbury is an entertaining speaker and it was fascinating to learn about the complex non-dynasty and the accidents of fortune which led to this collection – works which shall always be together, unmixed with other works of art.

    Reading:
    Markus Brüderlin (2013) “Introduction to the Exhibition: The birth of abstraction from the spirit of the textile and the conquest of the fabric space” In Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Art & Textiles: Fabric as material and concept in modern art from Klimt to the present Art & Textiles Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag.

    This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name 2013-2014. I’d love to have seen the exhibition. The book is challenging reading so far, reinforcing some concepts for me, introducing a lot more new. My thinking is all fragments.

    One thing that struck me – a topological view of weaving. The impact on space of folding fabric was illustrated with Matisse, Liseuse au gueridon. Folding. Inside and outside. Form following material. What could be done with that idea?

    I pulled out some 190 gsm kraft paper and some decorated paper. Quick weaving, but still followed “rules” – plain weave, the same side of the paper showing.
    22/5 Flat, then an initial attempt at dimension.


    23/5 Wove through plastic horsehair, then accentuated the folding.

    Then later there was mention of the orthogonal structure of fabric, and a link to work by Agnes Martin amongst others. This seems at odds to the folding point, the rigidity of right angles. Rosalind Krauss and her paper on the grid was mentioned – I tracked it down (link) but need to do more than a skim read. She claims the grid “incapable of development”, but even if it were true that seems to me limited to a grid fixed – stretched on a frame or otherwise. Plain weave, the complete grid, is the strongest and least flexible of weave structures, all else being equal, but it can still drape, the orthogonal structure moving in three dimensions.

    “Contact relics” is a term I hadn’t used before. In the book an example was the veil of Veronica. This made me think of the power of old clothes – smell, shape, memory trigger – the advantage of the almost automatic human connection/dimension of textile.

    1&20 project
    Claire’s post is here.

    This week she brought in a small, beautifully observed and shaded pencil sketch of a pearl ring. I brought in an A4 felt-tip pen oddity based on a potato masher.
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    Late on Sunday: Another exhibition and lecture today – more on that next post.

    11 Responses to “Weekly roundup 29 May 2016”


    1. 1 Jane Bodnaruk May 30, 2016 at 6:48 am

      there is a lot of mashing going on there, quite evocative really

    2. 4 JulieB June 2, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Interesting to see how you’re balancing research and making here. The three dimensional weaving really catches the eye.

      • 5 fibresofbeing June 3, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks Julie
        I feel like there’s a tangle mass of potential things to try and to learn about, and I’m gently prodding and pulling, looking for loose ends to start following.

    3. 6 Lottie June 2, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I agree with Julie. Also intrigued by this ‘contact relics’. Saturated in potential and message.

      • 7 fibresofbeing June 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        Isn’t “contact relics” a good term? Contains a wealth of possibilities, with a really good hook for a name – immediately intriguing.

    4. 8 Meg June 6, 2016 at 7:56 am

      I love your experiments at the bottom; something which would be bad weaving in different context are utterly interesting.

      • 9 fibresofbeing June 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        Yes, I really like the idea of taking weaving and seeing what it do as a vehicle – a structure for investigating gravity, or tension. What happens if…? Plain weave gives a good starting point, lots of advantages in terms of basic geometry, but there are so many other weave structures and conventions that could be tested.


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