Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

6 October 2018–13 January 2019

Exhibition Overview


Christine Mauersberger, Momentum, 2015. Rubylith, tulle, thread.

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making, presents 17 works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulsescontributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large quilts.”

Crow has seen trends in the medium follow a track of smaller quilts in more neutral colors, and asked, why? The pull of quilting lies in its large, forceful presence and the freedom to use color joyously. Making a quilt is a physical activity, involving piecing parts on working spaces that can span entire walls.

The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. For dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities, quilts of up to 101 inches high are featured. The artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The curator balances a focus on shapes with oversized works, exploring excellence in machine quilting and surface design.

(Photo courtest of the artist.)

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