Spun: Adventures in Textiles – Sue’s Take

Sue, our fabulous art director highly enjoyed the new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. Here’s a write up of her favorite piece from the show.

There is something for everyone at DAM’s SPUN exhibition. It delivers on all levels. Make your way to the contemporary art portion of the exhibit, Material World, for some unexpected brilliance. This show may not be your grandmother’s textile exhibit, but I bet she had a hand in passing on some serious sewing knowledge to the artists.

I was lucky enough to see some of the featured artists speak about their pieces with curator, William Morrow – who, may I say, seems to be fantastic. With his genuine understanding and sensitivity to the artistic process, he put together an excellent show. While viewing the exhibit, I also got a glimpse into the relationship between artists and curators. It was quite interesting to see these contrasting personalities so strongly drawn together through art.

OliverH 300x200 Spun: Adventures in Textiles   Sues TakeArtist, Oliver Herring, was on hand to speak about his piece Doublerocker. It is a sculpture of a human figure in a rocking chair made from knitted mylar. It captures the motion of rocking with repeated forms of the chair and the person in it – as if in stop-motion. Oliver began experimenting with knitted mylar in response to the passing of an inspirational friend and actor. He told us that he had never made his art in this way before, and quite possibly never will again. And yes, during his process he asked his mother to teach him to knit. Then he chose to do it in a very non-traditional medium: Mylar. A material that is both colorless but also reflecting all colors. Next to Doublerocker is another one of Oliver’s pieces – an open coat on the floor made from knitted transparent tape. Transparent, but again very reflective.

Herring Oliver Doublerocker 257x300 Spun: Adventures in Textiles   Sues TakeWe see true art here and feel a strong sense of the importance of the journey to the finished piece. It is collaborative, expressive, emotional, inventive, there’s a story, a process, relationships are built and lost. This exhibit is a must-see. And for all you artists out there, expect to be inspired to dig things out of the junk drawer, construct something, deconstruct it, and then construct again. And not just your work, but yourself as well.

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