Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Great Exhibit

A friend and I went to a really nice exhibit today at the Carnegie Center in New Albany. The exhibit is called "Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie." It is an annual, juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts. It includes 39 quilts (selected from 276 submitted) from artists throughout the United States. I really enjoyed it.

The Carnegie also has a program called "Senior Class" Brown Bag Lunch. Participants bring a brown bag lunch and the Carnegie provides drinks. Today's discussion was called "Textiles in Contemporary Art." Louisville textile artist Betty Leve discussed how artists use textiles in contemporary art. She gave examples of various textile techniques and showed her own work and surface design work of other artists. She is a hand embroiderer and uses colored silk thread on black silk noil fabric. Her subject matter is often based on her own photographic studies and is small scale and abstract. She showed us photographs she has taken, the drawings from those photographs, and the final finished piece of art. It was very interesting.

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