The New Territories exhibit, featuring the work of young designers from Latin American countries, included a fabulous woven hanging. In “Homage to Cruz-Diaz,” Colombian artist Jorge Lizarazo was inspired by the intersecting elements and grids in the paintings of Carlos Cruz-Diaz. The result is a shimmering, shadowed, multi-layered work that bears examination from several angles and distances.
Three pieces from Venezuelan artists Maria Eugenia Davina and Eduardo Portillo were woven in triple weave of silk, mache palm fiber, and copper. Those pieces are fun for a weaver to examine and dissect. The third piece was a portion of the highly textured piece cast in bronze. Amazing.
A few weavings hung in the exhibit of pieces from the permanent collection, What Would Mrs Webb Do?: A Founder’s Vision. I was interested in the technique in Mary Balzer Buskirk’s transparency piece (a terrible photo; it was in a glass case.) It looks like the background has open areas, where you see the black part of the stripes, as opposed to the gray. On closer examination I saw that the black stripes have black warp, so it’s a striped warp that is used as the base for the laid-in design. Nice. I also like the small flags at the bottom of the weaving.