W O V E N celebrates the limitless artistic expressions of an ancient technique applied to materials new and old, unexpected and comforting. Ranging from works including common weaving materials like cotton and wool to the more exploratory – bullet-riddled steel, wire, tennis balls – the artists in this exhibition engage in an energetic dialogue between contemporary visual culture and the traditions of the textile industry.
Highlighting the interdependence of ingenuity, skill and imagination, the objects making up this exhibition celebrate freedom from functional constraint. The overriding issues are: does the artist's imagination and ability to execute his/her concept spark an awesome, unexpected visual and emotional reaction – and if so, will it encourage the viewer to liberate his/her imagination to a place previously unrevealed? Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf and Tina Bromberg, W O V E N transforms the gallery space at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts into a fantastical, web-like exploration of space, scale, texture, and color.