Seeing the Weave: Textile based abstraction from the Piedmont

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The Smith Gallery is pleased to announce Seeing the Weave: Textile-based Abstraction from the Piedmont on view from Sept 7-October 5 in its home location at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. 

This is a thematic group show featuring diverse works — from painting, quilts, weavings and textile to sculpture and video — that use textile design, history and construction to engage with the legacies of artistic abstraction. In the last twenty years, there has been a global upsurge in contemporary art making based in textile materials, designs and histories. This exhibition provides a survey of some of the ways that North Carolina artists have contributed to expanding this field in new directions. It focuses on work from the Piedmont region, which is both a dense center of artistic production in the state and an area rich with craft and industrial textile history. The artists represented integrate textiles into a wide variety of forms and make frequent use of techniques associated with textile construction, including piecing, sewing, weaving and knotting their works together. They experiment boldly with color, pattern and the tactile qualities of fabric, and they interrogate both the cultural meanings associated with their materials and the legacy of textile-based abstraction, which has its roots in the early twentieth century.

Featured artists include Kayla Anderson, Maria Britton, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Martha Clippinger, XCHANG Textiles, Licha Gonzales Ruiz and Agustin Contreras Lopez, Joy Drury Cox, Julia Gartrell and Jennifer Schmidt.


Related Programs

Roundtable Discussion: Maria Britton + Joy Drury Cox

Sept. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.  |  Belk Library room 421
Maria Britton and Joy Drury Cox join art professor Jeana Klein for a discussion of their unique approaches to art production, and the role that textiles have played.

Meet and Greet Breakfast with Maria Britton and Joy Drury Cox
Sept. 21, 9:30-11a.m.  |  Smith Gallery
Drop-in session at the Smith Gallery to meet the artists of “Seeing the Weave” and to learn more about how they’ve built their art practices and careers.

Artist Talk by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Sept. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.  |  Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
UNCG painting professor and 2018 NC Artist Council Fellow Barbara Campbell Thomas presents an artist talk that centers around her collage work and colorfully quilted paintings.

About the Smith Gallery

The Department of Art’s Smith Gallery is a vibrant contemporary art space, housed in Appalachian State University’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. It presents original and traveling exhibitions, features work by faculty and students at the university, and commissions daring new art in all of its forms. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and all events are free and open to the public.



quilt01_large_1.jpgImage CreditsFrom Left to Right:  Barbara Campbell Thomas, Still Point, 2017 ; Maria Britton, Overcast, 2018; Martha Clippinger, Tumble Dry, 2018; Julia Gartrell, Bundle, 2017. Photography courtesy of the artists.