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Exhibition Opening: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Runs Through: Sunday, April 12, 2015


Polly Apfelbaum

Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery

Thread connects. It suggests continuity, a weaving together of separate parts, of entities, of ideas. Thread can connect and bind. Or puncture. Multiplied, thread becomes fiber transformed into weavings, rolls of fabric, embroidered silks, and more. Thickened, braided or coiled, thread becomes rope. Unraveled, thread brings on separation, even dissolution. And throughout the ages, fabric—whether medieval tapestries, Chinese brocades, or American quilts—encode rich narratives, histories, and cultural values. This suite of three one-person exhibitions focuses on artists who work with threaded material as their medium, mining its symbolic significance while creating fascinating and unexpected visual forms. Shinique Smith incorporates fabric, used clothing, paint, and found objects in her paintings and hanging sculptures. Angelo Filomeno creates gorgeous paintings embroidered on silk. Polly Apfelbaum works with crushed velvet and sequined rolls of richly colored fabric to create site-specific floor installations. All three exhibitions demonstrate how artists today continue to re-invent and fuse disciplines, merging painting, sculpture, art, and craft while presenting some of the most compelling examples of inventive uses of thread in the art of our times.

Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery
For more than three decades, New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum has created what she calls “fallen paintings,” large-scale, site-specific works on the floor made of fabric, which exist between painting, sculpture, and installation art. She is best known for installations of crushed velvet pieces arranged in expansive patterns on the floor that explore issues of domesticity, femininity, and decoration. For her exhibition here, titled City of Lights (2015), Apfelbaum fuses elements of abstraction, minimalism, and color field painting in a floor installation of vivid, sequined fabric pieces arranged with the structure of the gallery space in mind, with its many windows, and its changing progression of natural light. Viewers walking among bands of vibrant and shimmering color place themselves within the work, itself, to experience a heightened awareness of one’s body in relation to the art on view and its architectural surroundings.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:45 p.m.
Connecting Threads
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, then Moss Arts Center
A traveling conversation on fabric arts from historic quilting and local artist’s pieces to international contemporary works. Move from the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center to the Moss Arts Center as we explore pieces and hear artists talks by those exhibiting in the Alexander Black House’s Keeping the Piece and the Moss Arts Center's Threaded.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Opening Reception
Threaded: Shinique Smith, Angelo Filomeno, and Polly Apfelbaum

Grand Lobby

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Polly Apfelbaum
Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery
Artist Polly Apfelbaum discusses her work in the exhibition Threaded.

Polly Apfelbaum
Not in Any Way, Shape, or Form, 2009
Synthetic sequined fabric
Installation view: Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland
© Polly Apfelbaum


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