Works in art exhibition inspired by historical textiles

The Connecticut College Department of Art presents “FABRICation,” an exhibition of works in multiple mediums and from intricate processes, Jan. 26 through March 4 in the Joanne Toor Cummings Galleries.

Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles, from drapery to quilt, the pieces in “FABRICation” are complex multi-part constructions encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming. Works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, yarn, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics. Whether painting, tapestry or appliqué, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.                                               

“We wanted to host the exhibition because it crosses so many boundaries with its diverse range of process and materials,” said Professor of Art Timothy McDowell. “Not only is the tactile quality of medium fully explored by these artists, but color, form and space are equally important components of the work in this wonderful, richly visual exhibition.

Seven artists are represented in the show: Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith. There will be an artist lecture on Monday, Feb. 16, at 4:15 p.m. in Room 208 of Cummings Arts Center. A reception will follow. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Funding for “FABRICation” was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 860-439-2740.

December 10, 2014