Left to Right: Valerie Jaudon, Smyra, 1983; Alan Shields, V.M.S., 1985; Anthony Sorce, Montauk, 1982; Rochelle Feinstein, Big A Go Go, 1992
The current exhibition in The Maslow Study Gallery is the result of a collaboration between the curator of The Maslow Collection and the textile professor Eva Polizzi, along with her students in this semester’s Fibers and Related Media course. The initial discussion for the exhibition took place some months ago between the Maslow curator and the instructor but the final selection of the individual works for the exhibition involved the students as well. The students discussed what they were studying in class and from there we began to look at a number of possible works that may be relevant to the issues and processes in their work. This exhibition is the result of that process.
The final selection of works for the exhibition includes both prints, mixed media collage, and paintings. The students saw in the patterned relief texture that stands out on the large work by Frank Owen similarity to the embroidery stitches they were learning. Two works, one by Robert Rauschenberg and the other by Lois Lane, employ approaches to collage that related to the quilts that some of the students had been working on. Weaving patterns are more evident in the works by Gary Lang, Rochelle Feinstein, and Alan Shields; with the overlapping of paper strips in the work be Shields most directly relating to the physical act of weaving. Pattern and design are clearly evident in the works of Valerie Jaudon and Tony Sorce, with Sorce’s work also related in certain ways, based on his manner of creating the work, to collage design.
Left to Right: Robert Rauschenberg, Truth #35, 1982; Frank Owen, After, 1982; Gary Lang, Back Out, 1988
Left to Right: Alan Shields, V.M.S., 1985; Anthony Sorce, Montauk, 1982; Rochelle Feinstein, Big A Go Go, 1992