At the start of the millennium, technology dominated visual art. Since then, we’ve seen a resurgence of art made by hand that matters to people in a different way. Matter refers to physical substance and to a subject of thought or concern. Used here metaphorically, Matter describes an aesthetic shift in which a new generation of artists is reinvigorating the textile tradition relevant to many of the concerns of this new century.
This exhibit heralds the revitalization of sculptural textiles for a new era. This thematic group exhibition features works by artists whose imagery is informed by contemporary issues such as globalization, labor, gender and the body, proliferation, and nature. Matter brings together six artists who reside in the Northeast and Midwest. They have created contemporary sculptures, visually complex and compelling, grounded in ideas that transcend the traditions of craft. The sculptures in Matter immerse viewers in a world of eye-catching visual experience and sheer imagination. Each artwork is made by hand, bringing together cutting-edge and age-old visual techniques.