Today you should … relax at the textile art exhibition ‘Thread’ • the Hi-lo



Their latest exhibition, “Thread,” is a collection of fiber art from 14 of today’s greatest textile artists. Experience the intricacy, rich colors and ornate expression of these artists’ labor-intensive craftsmanship. The designs and methods employed by artists are as diverse and unique as the stories they wish to express.

Los Angeles-based textile artist Diedrick Brackens creates tapestries, mostly cotton, using techniques of West African weaving, South American quilting, and European tapestries to create works that are both abstract and figurative.

Diedrick Brackens Tapestry, Unicorn Kent. Image courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

“Its historical significance in the United States in relation to slavery, violence and subjugation has had lasting effects on black bodies. I think the process of hand-weaving cotton is a little way to pay homage to those who came before me who worked with the material under very different circumstances, ”Brackens said in his artist statement.

Terri Friedman, a Colorado-born “thread painter”, creates her works using the traditional weaving method on a loom. It is a slow process, which does not forgive any mistakes in an artist. Her pieces are bright and have a loose, muddled feel. Many of her works embody the experiences of her travels through India, Nepal and Indonesia, where she says she fell in love with textiles. His pieces incorporate a multitude of different materials, mostly cotton and wool, but also metallic fibers and stained glass.

Terri Friedman’s tapestry, In Search of What’s Wrong. Image courtesy of Terri Friedman.

But all the art of “Thread” will not be suspended. Several of the artists featured include sculptures, a kind of weaving of materials. Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa builds large-scale sculptures using commonly discarded materials, including computer waste, spray cans and spray bottles, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. His art communicates his concern for issues of consumption, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment.

Another great thing: Most good things come in threes. Next to “Thread”, the exhibition “The Artful Book” is an ode to the art and beauty of books, printing, binding and calligraphy. And finally, see several pieces by oil painter Adam Harrison who creates massive cityscapes by working, months at a time, painting only from a fixed point of view. When he cannot paint on the spot, he works from memory. His exhibition, entitled “Place”, presents various landscapes of Long Beach and San Pedro.

Adam Harrison’s oil painting titled Long Beach, Near Campus. Image courtesy of Adam Harrison and the George Billis Gallery.

Give us a break: This is not an interactive gallery. So, no delicacy.

Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. is $ 10, however, on Thursdays, guests can enter for free after 3 p.m. On Fridays, tickets are sold at half price. Adam Harrison’s “Thread” and “Place” will remain on display until January 12, 2020. “The Artful Book” will be available until January 5, 2020. For more information, including times and entrance fees , visit their website.


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