Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints
Curated by Nancy Crow
Exhibition Dates: January 28 - March 15, 2020
Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making, presents seventeen works by seven
fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy
of textile works, particularly large quilts.” The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. Quilts of up to
101 inches high will be featured, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often
relegated to its functional qualities. The artists investigate color, pattern, and
size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The curator balances
a focus on shapes with oversized works, exploring excellence in machine quilting and
The exhibition’s artists bring their techniques and vision to realizing this celebration
of contemporary textile arts. Among them, Elizabeth Brandt balances large geometric
and organic shapes, while at the same time flirting with a demanding dark palette.
Jayne Willoughby’s work on one side seems contemplative, while the other spouts riotous
color systems. Mary Lou Alexander has been exploring shibori (a Japanese dyeing method)
for decades, and utilized this technique to exemplify the beauty of mark-making. Barb Wills printed her fabrics, both cotton and silk, with original woodcuts created
from Shina wood, using cutting tools from Japan.
The exhibition artists are Denise L. Roberts, Albright, WV; Claire Benn, Surrey, England;
Jayne Willoughby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mary Lou Alexander, Hubbard, OH; Christine
Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH; Barb Wills, Prescott, AZ; and Elizabeth Brandt, Holland,
Please note the gallery will be closed for Spring Break from February 29 - March 9
January 30, 4:30 PM | Opening Reception & Art in Context Lecture: Eva Pollizzi
SNOW DATE: FEBRUARY 7
Lecture Topic: What Binds Us Tight
While the large-scale quilts in the traveling exhibit Material Pulses: seven viewpoints will certainly add to the ongoing conversation -where is fiber art placed in the art world and what role does it play in the debate about fine art vs craft-based art - most female artists who work in the medium of fiber are still overlooked by curators and museums. This lecture, or rather a discussion, aims to add another layer to the investigation by exploring a few more women fiber artists whose names are still missing from many art-history textbooks, and their sometimes unconventional work that is left out of the limelight.
About Eva Pollizzi:
Born and raised in Hungary, I studied English and Linguistics before moving to the United States in early 2000. After teaching writing at both the secondary and collegiate levels for decades, I returned to school and earned an MFA with a focus on fibers and clay in 2016. Working in both the visual arts and contemporary craft and drawing on a background in languages, my work explores recording layers of history. Accidental glaze results and hand-dyed fine threads guide my stitching hands as I mend the pierced surface or weave the foundation. Encased within layers of raw and delicate, masculine and feminine, a personal narrative is slowly unfolding. When I am asked where I am from, I realize I still feel suspended between two worlds: this and the other side of the Atlantic, but I know I am at home in my studio stitching, weaving, shaping clay or cooking up dyestuffs.
February 19, 4:30 PM | Film Screening: Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics
RSVP REQUIRED. PLEASE EMAIL HEATHER.SINCAVAGE@WILKES.EDU OR CALL 570-408-4325
"Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics" is the landmark nine-part documentary
series that offers a fresh, relevant exploration of quilts. This fascinating series
explores quilts in fresh new ways by taking you behind the scenes to reveal the unique
position of quilts at the center of American culture. You'll go on an amazing quilt
journey from function to art, to women's empowerment, economic clout, American politics
We will be screening 2 one-hour episodes on February 19.