The coming together of fibrous material and decorative art is an ancient practice among human beings, ever since we evolved from the use of fibers as mere clothing to symbols of status. With time and the growing exchange and interface of various cultures’ fibers and production techniques, experimentation has injected an infinite amount of creativity and expression into the use of fiber.
Over the last century, artists have pushed the boundaries of how textiles can be considered art—and what can be considered a textile. Print-makers have stepped prominently unto the scene, successfully exploring and evoking textiles through two-dimensional works on paper. TEXTURES is an exhibition of experimental works on paper that draw upon the aesthetics of fiber. It features El Anatsui, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Cave, Judy Chicago, Sam Gilliam, Rhona Jack, Mika Rottenberg, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, and Robert Zakanitch.