ArtBeat: “Fiber Currents/Current Fiber” @ Perrella Gallery [Get Visual]

November 17th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred - Childhood Lost: The Doffer Boys, mixed-media cotton quilt

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred – Childhood Lost: The Doffer Boys, mixed-media cotton quilt

Review by David Brickman

A long wished-for exhibition is now a reality at Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery in Johnstown. Gallery Director Joel Chapin wanted a national fiber show, but needed expert help in creating it. He found that help in the form of Bleecker fiber artist Judith Plotner, who agreed to take on the project – the result is Fiber Currents/Current Fiber, on view through Friday, December 18.

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.

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