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Fall 2005, Vol 31 No 3

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... Harmony of Opposites in the Textiles of Feliksas Jakubauskas (continued)

Jakubauskas’s art is exceptional because local textile traditions are entwined with global developments in contemporary textiles here. . . However, they have never become a purpose in themselves. It is rather the opposite. His studies abroad consolidated his wish to preserve the national uniqueness of his work. The constantly repeating motifs of ethnographic sashes in tapestries by F. Jakubauskas, the monochrome range of colours of gray linen or a multitude of colors reminiscent of rural bed covers, as well as the use of wool and silk, widespread in folk fabrics, show links to the old Lithuanian textile.

right, Feliksas Jakubauskas, Flax Field in the Sky, 261cm x 121cm, 2000, wool, silk, synthetics, own technique.

However, F. Jakubauskas, in the same manner as the great reformer of textile, the French artist Jean Lurçat, preserves the flatness of textile throughout all his developments; while looking both contemporary and distinctive in style. It is impossible not to recognise his works or confuse them with others. Perhaps, this is why the notion of “modern classic” is used to characterise his art.

Feliksas Jakubauskas, Up-Forward-Down-Back, triptych, 130cm x 180cm, 2004, wool, silk, mixed technique.
Feliksas Jakubauskas with, Black Cloud Over My Valley.

“Weaving is Life”

by D.Y. Begay and Jennifer McLerran, Ph.D.

– TT p.8-11

In 1987, Edwin Kennedy’s collection of Navajo weavings was shown in “Song of the Loom: New Traditions in Navajo Weaving”. . . It was not until the weavings, along with his equally impressive Southwest Native American silverwork collection, were bequeathed to Ohio University in 1991 that their ownership became public.

Since then, the Kennedy Museum has undertaken the task of researching, documenting and conserving this extraordinary collection, making it available to others for study. In March of 2005 the Kennedy Museum devoted permanent gallery space to the collection. Textiles and silverwork that Edwin Kennedy acquired over a period of nearly 40 years will rotate through these galleries with a new exhibition every two years.For the first exhibition in this new space, “Weaving Is Life,” we invited renowned Navajo weaver D. Y. Begay to serve as co-curator. . .

D. Y. Begay, Cheyenne Style, 25-1/2” x 35”, 2002, natural (undyed) handspun and vegetal-dyed handspun wool, white: natural (undyed), brown: natural (undyed), blue: indigo, red: madder. Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection, Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University. KMA #2005.05.01
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