AbStranded: Fiber and Abstraction in Contemporary Art
Opening April 2020
AbStranded brings together a focused group of contemporary American artists who use fiber-based materials to investigate the complex lineage of abstraction. Utilizing a diverse variety of methods, styles, and forms, these artists uncover and co-opt textile traditions and material sources in order to re-assert their validity and relevance in an increasingly global-industrial culture. A prominent use of the hand looms large—through knitting, weaving, quilting, and more—and suggests an alternative mode of communication within today’s digital society. Together, the works on view reveal how artists employ the language of abstraction to speak about the intertwined histories and politics of craft, race, and gender.