Monday, February 15

Text/Textile Whimsy

Being involved in art education coursework means I spend a lot of time talking about children's artwork. Today the big debate was whether the artistic efforts of children were really art or not and how children's art and adults' art differed. It seems especially relevant when adults use a child-like aesthetic in their artwork. So today, it seems right to look at 2 works in the Text/Textile show that dance with child-like themes or aesthetics and yet hold adult meanings.Beverly Godfrey's "Tic-tac-toe" takes me back to all the times I had to pass the time with my sisters while my parents were in some meeting or other. It also makes me think about the moment when you figure out that the game is incredibly simple and will usually result in a draw. (Unless you're playing against someone younger and/or stupider than you.) It was probably tic-tac-toe that gave me an insatiable competitiveness when game-playing. I prefer strategy over chance. I like the contrast between the very fast/simple game and the incredibly long tapestry process. The game is deceivingly simple. Check here for some more images of Beverly's handiwork (scroll down to 2nd article) These knitted postcards by Nora Renick Rinehart entitled "Knit Communications" remind me of days long ago when I'd try to squeeze as much writing onto a postcard as I could to save a few cents on postage. Now we write emails and text messages instead. Nora's knit pieces at first appear like cartoons of postcards with their bold colors and zigzag "addresses" and start out with traditional "Wish you were here" sentiments. But then they lure you into their quiet desperation, the writer never receiving a response. Now I question, are they on display on the part of the recipient practically getting stalked? Or are they postcards never sent because the author knows how desperate they sound? Now I also wonder if there is an image on the other side... my good gallery-visitor training told me not to pick them up. Like Beverly's time contrast of quick game vs. tedious tapestry, Nora's postcards appear to be swift missives, but must have taken hours and hours to complete. Aha! I just found her blog with a related post.

I've recovered my USB cord, so I envision lots of posting in my future....

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