|Patricia Kennedy-Zafred - Childhood Lost: The Doffer Boys, mixed-media cotton quilt|
A first-time (and, according to her, also last-time) curator, Plotner has ably organized a diverse selection of 21 artists from all over the United States to fill this clean and pleasant (if somewhat tight) space with high-quality and engaging fiber-based work. These are not your great-grandmother's log cabin quilts (though quilting is strongly present); rather, this is contemporary art by top-shelf makers who utilize cloth, thread, vines, wire, plastic - and much more - to realize their personal visions.
|Judith Content - Icarus, dyed satin silk|
|Emily Dvorin - Kid Stuff, mixed media|
|Judith Plotner - Brooklyn Ensemble|
printed, stitched and painted canvas
In addition to Plotner, Niskayuna's Lori Lupe Pelish and Russell Serrianne of Glens Falls (the show's lone male participant), represent the greater Capital Region. Serrianne's use of shellacked grape vines perhaps pushes the definition of fiber the furthest - along with New York City artist Nancy Koenigsberg's Melon, a "drawing in metal" that uses nothing but copper wire to depict a pumpkin-ish fruit.
|Lori Lupe Pelish - The Circus Life|
appliqued, embroidered and quilted fabric
Many of the artists in Fiber Currents incorporate words into their work, often for political purposes (such as Highland Park, Ill.'s Kathy Weaver, work pictured below), which places this show squarely in the postmodern time frame - a time when artists have pushed all kinds of boundaries. Though here the primary boundary is one of materials (and it is well stretched by the artists included) it makes sense that these same artists are stretching other boundaries as well.
|Kathy Weaver - Habeus Corpus-The Great Writ|
nylon line and airbrushed, hand-stitched cotton