Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cardboard and Quilts

Thursday evening was Art By Night in downtown Roanoke. I took Mom and my sister to the Taubman Museum of Art. I am a member, but they had never been to the museum. Along with the permanent collections that are hanging in the galleries, I thought they would enjoy the two traveling exhibits that are on display there right now: CORRUGATED FOUNTAIN and QUILT ART

It took James Grashow 2 - 1/2 years to complete this work of art that is made entirely of corrugated cardboard. 2007 - 2010. It is titled "Corrugated Fountain", is 14 feet tall, and fills the room it is exhibited in. There is only space enough for viewers to walk the exhibit around the perimeter of the room. These photographs are from small pamphlets provided by the museum and don't show a good closeup. We are not permitted to photograph while in the museum, so these pictures will have to suffice. While standing next to this, you can see the ends of the corrugated cardboard in some areas. The detail work is amazing. It truly is something to see.

QUILT ART: International Expressions

Irish quilter, Ann Fahy's "Continuum" (2004), is made from 12 eleven foot tall panels of pleated, dyed, and machine quilted linen. It takes up quite a bit of space on the gallery wall and is a beautiful sight to see.

Linda Colsh, of the United States, made this quilt titled "Grace of God" (2007). It is dyed, printed, and painted cotton fabrics machine pieced and machine quilted with the artist's photography.

This quilt, "Cutting the Carbs - Shedding the Pounds" (2004), was made by Bethan Ash of Wales. It is 100% cotton, improvisationally cut and fused, machine quilted and stitched with digital transfer text.

"Curve" (2004), is a painted, printed, and stenciled cotton quilt, made by Janet Twinn of England.

There were many many beautiful quilted works of art to see. I wish I could share them all with you. There were no photographs of my favorite quilts in the pamphlet. I guess if you want to enjoy the beauty of this incredible exhibit, you will have to make a trip to Roanoke, Virginia, and make a stop at the Taubman Museum of Art which opened in November of 2008.
Be sure to click on the photos to get a bigger and better look at these works of art.


Marlene said...

The fountain is gorgeous and so amazing that it is made from cardboard. The Quilts are fabulous and so creative. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Those must have both been amazing to see in person~~I'm not sure which I would have stared at most, but I have to admit, making something that beautiful out of!!!
Love the quilts; I always enjoy seeing what is happening in the art-quilt world now. It's changed a lot since I put the fabrics down for paint and glue....!


dosfishes said...

Thanks for the tour. Some amazing pieces although I know I would not have the patience to spend 2 1/2 years on anything! I would have been the one in the kitchen while everyone else was quilting. xox Corrine

Jan said...

cool! I never get to see stuff like this, wish I could have been with you. thanks for sharing.