Crisp-Ellert exhibit features woven textiles


“Layout,” an exhibit featuring woven textile as sculptural object, runs through Feb. 27 at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St.

The exhibition features works by Los Angeles-based artist Krysten Cunningham, who will give a walkthrough in conjunction with Art Walk at 4 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The artist’s body of work is conversant with the history of sculpture as well as that of feminist textile production, often balancing qualities such as masculine versus feminine, hard versus soft, and industrial versus handmade in an attempt to upend the hierarchies implicit between the two. From her series of “God’s Eyes” — hand-dyed and rough-hewn jute woven around industrial metal rods — to colossal industrial fabricated looms with corresponding weavings and to her more recent string drawings that investigate fourth dimensional space and the hypercube, Cunningham demonstrates how materials and techniques traditionally associated with the applied arts can be critically framed against formal sculptural elements to draw attention to their marginalized and rebellious status as art objects.

“Layout” presents a new body of work that probes the relationship between text and textile, textile and tool. Cunningham says “the way language, labor, technology and gender are interlocked within the history of textile production is a complex subject that is reflected in the woven structure and flexible nature of the textile itself.”

Drawing influence from the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop, there is a relationship between the reading of Cunningham’s textiles as texts, and artists such as Anni Albers and Gunta Stoltz whose writings on weaving theory were integral to their artistic practices. The works together urge the viewer to consider the historical associations alongside the spatial and tactile relationships the artist has created.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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