Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fiber Art for Our Eyes

This summer BelmarArts continues the tradition of Solo X2.  Back in the spring we sought submissions for solo exhibitions in our back gallery.  A committee of experienced arts professionals (David Levy, Anna Wainwright, and Douglas Ferrari) chose two artists to be part of our summer schedule.

The first of the summer solo shows opened tonight- "My Eyes Are Down Here" by Juliet Martin.  The artist works with fibers, a mixed combination.  The pieces involve weaving, using a traditional Japanese process, but get a bit unusual after that.

The pieces in this show can be grouped into some basic shapes (bodies, torsos, pillows), but within each piece the colors and textures are more freeform.  Colors can come from commercially produced yarns, or materials she has dyed herself.  Combinations are often atypical, yet form pleasing mixes of colors in the final piece.  Construction can include weaving, embroidery, and attaching pieces by sewing them together.  The works make reference to clothing, bodies, and the male gaze, besides the more formal issues of color and texture.  The pieces end up being a mix of representation and abstraction, of conceptual and the literal.  A show not quite like any we have ever had here before.

The individual pieces and the whole show are best appreciated in person, rather than from photos, so if this kind of artwork appeals to you, bring yourself to the gallery before the show closes on July 15, 2016.  Summer hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.  Admission is free.

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