Tuesday, May 28, 2013

4th Annual Artist Retreat - An Errant Line - Cynthia Schira

Part 2 of An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira on exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas until August 11 this year. 



Through the gates, you get a teasing glance at Cynthia Schira's portion of exhibition. After being overwhelmed and delighted by Ann Hamilton's work, I took a moment to rest before stepping through the gates.


Taking that final step was a spiritual experience of sorts. One step transported me from a world of muted colors, of ethereal photographs of elaborately dressed and mysterious people, of other-worldliness into...well...nirvana.


Where Hamilton had laid creche figures on an obsolete scanner, Schira's installation features sheer, woven, and mesh fabrics. It includes a monumental "word" cloth and ETYMON, woven on a computer-controlled Jacquard loom at the Oriole Mill, abstracted from selections obtained from the Spencer's online collection database.* 

Schira divided her exhibition into Making, Showing and Saving. I started to organize my photos to reflect that, but chose to leave them in the order taken. Enjoy!


























*from the SMA Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira an errant line brochure

5 comments:

  1. What can one say except Wow

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  2. What an inspiring exhibition/collaboration! And the venue brings back memories...I spent a lot of time at the Spencer art library while getting my architecture degree at KU (loved that campus!)... Thanks for sharing such a sensitively detailed journey of your experience with these beautiful pieces.

    (I'm a little behind on my blog-reading, but wanted to say I love the results/process of the what-if-ing in your next post...and congrats on your 400+ posts too!)

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    1. Oh! My! Gosh! Talk about a small world!!! Pam and her husband graduated from KU as well. As for the Spencer, it's a lovely museum with quite an impressive and eclectic collection, it seems. Saw an amazing exhibit by a Chinese artist who makes marks with gunpowder at the Spencer when there for our first annual retreat. The link is below if you'd care to see.

      http://jennifercoynequdeen.blogspot.com/2010/06/artist-retreat-thursday-friday.html

      Thank you for the congrats et all. Love what you've been doing over at your blog...still showing amazing greens. You take the search for Roy G Biv to a whole new, totally wonderful level. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy!

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    2. Hi nice blog .. really good . Keep it up.

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