January 10 – April 6, 2014
featuring the works of
Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
Joyce Melander Dayton
Fiber Revolution’s Fragmentations
Wisconsin Modern Quilts (Jan. 8 – Feb. 2)
Denyse Schmidt (early February – April 6)
Modern Perspectives celebrates the freedom of self-expression through artwork created from fiber.
“Modern” expressionists have some common ties: unique use of negative space, twists on traditional design, and innovative use of materials. Some artists represented in this exhibit have been self-taught through experimentation, often through online videos and social media. Other designers have committed multiple years of study and degreed education as a background to this new textile art energy.
The term “modern” implies continuous exploration and puhing boundaries to create a new aesthetic. “Fragmentations,” a collection of thirty art quilts from Fiber Revolution, translates lifestyle on the surface of the fabric. Joyce Melander Dayton creates two- and three-dimensional works of unique materials which texturize her designs and make them come to life. Rod Buffington starts with traditional quilt designs, manipulating blocks to create abstract collage paintings which are full of surprising remembrance.
Attention to negative space echoes throughout Modern Perspectives. New tension between negative and positive design is captured in the works from “Wisconsin Modern Quilts,” Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr’s “Modern Quilt Studio,” as well as Denyse Schmidt’s “Modern Quilts.” Playfulness abound as each fearless artist touches and inspires with fresh outlooks.