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Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty), Yasumasa Morimura,1995
Acquired Objects: textiles, tools & notions from the Judith Solomon Collection
There are several types of collectors. Some collect to create a collection of value, some collect as a form of status, some are obsessed with the hunt, some collect simply for the love of collecting—and then you have the artist as collector. Judith Solomon—a fiber artist—falls into this category.
Artists collect work or items that are intrinsic to their the craft. They want to dissect an object: learn how it was made, how it functions or not, what techniques were used, what materials and combinations of colors were used. The more objects they find, the more they realize how vast and innovative the world of artisans is, and even continents away, how similar in thought they are. They use materials and supplies indigenous to their land—and through travel and education an artist that collects sees things in a whole new way.
When picking up any of the hundreds upon hundreds of objects Judith has collected she can recite as a curator would the details of each object: how it was made, by whom, where she bought it, why she likes it. Judith’s thirsts for acquiring these objects (shown here is only a small amount of her treasure trove of inspiration) at first may appear disparate, however on closer observation one discovers they are all connected by the subject matter of fiber—objects that have been created out of fiber, and the tools and equipment used to make them.
The collection ranges from examples of exquisite samplers and lace to an obsessive acquisition of thousands and thousands of buttons of all types. There are fantastic textiles and clothing from Guatemala to India that use glorious color combinations, native weaving techniques and layered embroidery—all creating a textile lovers dream. Her fascination with tools ranges from crochet hooks (also by the hundreds) to weaving tools. Each is a work of art, and each has its own story and history to tell.
A 68-page fully illustrated catalog designed by Doug Meyer accompanies this exhibition - essays by Jovencio de la Paz and Nancy Nehring. $25, $20 members.
Curated by Doug Meyer