Fibers Expanded @ Luke & Eloy

What are you doing this Saturday afternoon? Why, you’re going to Luke & Eloy for the Fibers Expanded exhibit. Seriously, that is where you are going. Me, I’ll be at the day job.

I stopped in Luke & Eloy today, as Brigitte Martin was putting some touches on the installation. Even knowing that I didn’t see the whole show in its entirety didn’t mar an enjoyable visit. Ms. Martin is very knowledgeable about the artists seected for the exhibit. It is obvious that she has taken great care in selecting works of high quality.
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Carol Milne (Seattle, Washington)
“Wake”
Knitted Wax Strands Kiln-cast in Lead Crystal
5.5 (H) x 13 (W) x 13 inches

The above work by Carol Milne is something that you really have to see. The process sounds amazing and involves knitting wax and using it for casting glass. Rellay, I am stunned by this artist’s process. It is a beautiful work.
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Alison Gates (Appleton, WI)
“Things from Home”
Stitched Silk and die cut Braille paper
Each house 6x6x6 inches
“Spirituality” (Wing), “Labor” (Hand), “Materialsm” (Tag)

Remember, now, I picked these works as representative of the quality of the exhibit. I would strongly recommend a visit to the gallery to pick the works that you respond to. I found Things From Home to be really beautiful, if somewhat ambiguos. The houses have die-cut icons, cut from pages of braile, suspended in them. Very mysterious, very ambiguous.

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Islay Taylor (Providence, RI)
“Lace Collar Necklace”
Vinyl Tablecloth, pearls, silver, monofilament
14 x 12 x 5 inches
Islay Taylor’s piece was just so lovely. Sometimes, that is enough, you know what I mean?

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Norman Sherfield (Eureka, California)
“Sticks and Stones”, “Beacon”
Knotted Waxed Lines Sculptures
13 x 4 inches (Sticks and Stones)
11.5 x 5 inches (Beacon)

These pieces by Norman Sherfield were so appealing. The structure of the dolls is reinforced with stones and twigs. Obviously, a lot of thought were put into these works. The coiled basket technique is a simple one, but so well executed in this work.  An amazing integration of technique and concept.

Fibers Expanded is opening this Saturday and will run through June 6. Luke & Eloy is a terrific gallery, fast becoming one of my favorite places to view new works in Pittsburgh.

Fibers Expanded
Expanding the possibilities of fiber as an expressive, artistic medium using a wide range of traditional and modern techniques.
May 2, 2009 – June 6, 2009
Opening reception | May 2
LUKE & ELOY GALLERY
5169 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412.784.1919

Participating Artists:
- Cheryl Eve Acosta
- Atticus Adams
- Alissa Alfonso
- Eileen Doughty
- Ashley Ernest
- Alison Gates
- Beverly Hertler
- Sarah Holden
- Suki Kwon
- Amy Long
- Sharon McCartney
- Carol Milne
- Jennifer Moss
- Matt Nelson
- Masako Onodera
- Ceres Rangos
- Norman Sherfield
- Islay Taylor


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