Creative Cloth: Aesthetics and Apparel
Jan. 26 until May 12, 2019
The fabric-based display, Creative Cloth, is geared to convey the rich holdings of both the regional history and art collections at Museum London. These selections, which include new acquisitions, are further enhanced by loans of work from a variety of practising Canadian artists. Taken together, the works reveal the diversity of textile-based historical and contemporary art made in Canada, and the evolving stories behind our clothing, implements, homewares, and décor.
Creative Cloth explores the myriad skills and processes involved in working with fibre, and the concepts of labour and other social, as well as cultural, values behind them. It looks at weaving, stitchery, quilting, and other methods often seen (and denigrated) as “craft,” and much more. Creative Cloth features textiles that are machine-manufactured, alongside those that are handmade; both natural and man-made, synthetic materials; and unique artworks in conjunction with exceptional mass-produced goods we often take for granted. Each object is an intriguing document communicating many issues: assumptions about both makers and products; cloth in our homes and on our bodies; and the sheer versatility of cloth as a medium that simultaneously supports all aspects of our lives, and permits us to express them. Participating artists inCreative Cloth include Robert Davidovitz, Sky Glabush, Sarah Hartland Rowe, Sharmistha Kar, Janet Morton, Ed Pien, Mina Weettatluk, and Joyce Wieland, among many other historical makers, both known and anonymous.
Solo Exhibition – Robert Davidovitz
October 25, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Robert Davidovitz: Light Hands
Text by: Stanzie Tooth, 2018
I imagine light filled gloves – applying pressure as needed, soft then hard, a dance.
Robert Davidovitz is caught in a cycle of making. Each day in the studio he composes lines of paint. Like his minimalist forbears, Davidovitz has been captured by a formalist conundrum: the strictures and freedoms that can be found in the singular expression of a line. Unlike the Barnett Newman’s zips, however, he is not convinced of their ideal. Lines of paint are not actualized, but squeezed and teased. Applied to baking trays by means of a pastry bag, these lines bare the whimsy of their making.This is not an arduous task, it’s not a penance, but rather he seems driven by a playful curiosity, propelled by the excitement of the line’s potential, of the colour combinations to come and how his play with paint spurn on the process. Tiny moments of ecstasy exist in the finest of lines. Millimeters of red flashes, quiet whispering lavender, a shock of blue. These exclamations are brought into a type of kooky order through the repetition of the line.
Once a weaver of paint, Davidovitz’s process used to involve painstakingly hatched strips of acrylic. This was a laborious process with a predetermined outcome. In this newest body of work however, he has broken from his stricture. As if carefully pulling the warp from the weft of his woven works, what remains are delicate lines. Without the pattern, lines are left free to dance, to distort, to trick the eye with their loose flutter. They show the beautiful imperfections of what it means to make something by hand. No longer held in place by hatching, these lines flounce in defiance of the straight lines they are intended to be.
These paintings are flirty. Set loose from the weave, they bend and curve, reflecting the body that made them. These are literally and figuratively not straight lines. A play on the rigid history of op art and minimalist labour, Davidovitz’s lines are inflected by queerness. Unafraid to flaunt, to be sexy, to incite touch, they consider the body of the paint and celebrate the delicacy and imperfection that comes from the process of squeezing out paint by hand. The final scale of each piece makes a reference to the body in an intimate and focused way. Works are the size of; a face, a hand, a torso. There is a sense of touch in the work, considering that the integrity of each line is the result of the pressure of the artist’s hands. Paint passes through his fingers. The pressure applied changes the colour blend and bend of the paint. The resulting line is an exclamation of a solitary motion. In their accumulation, they read like the notation of a dance.
Standing before the portrait sized piece “PW/GY “, a warm glow radiates in the form of a ombre of peach and mustard. The face is drawn in to the subtle shifts in hue. As my eyes focus, hints of lavender and cream come through. So fine are these changes and play in colour, its hard to conceive of their making – instead, I imagine light filled gloves, something more special than hands, playing with paint and radiating joy. Hard, then soft, a dance.
Art Gallery of Mississauga Benefit Art Auction
ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA BENEFIT ART AUCTION
Doors Open at 7 PM for Cocktail Hour and Live Entertainment | Live Auction begins at 8 PM.
Auction Public Preview at Square One: April 19 – 25. Weekday Hours: 10 – 5 PM. Weekend Hours: 12 – 4 PM. Located near the Rolex Boutique.