Tapestry Topics
A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today
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Spring 2004 Vol 30 No 1

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Moving through the gallery space, we encounter individual places, near-shrines. David Johnson's work, both luminous and textural, incorporates traditional tapestry technique with computer-generated image. By juxtaposing the old and new, his urban environments blend to produce floating shapes and colors, secret passageways, transposed grids and metal objects. Wafts of beads suspended from hair-like appendages invite a closer look, a desired "touch." We begin to realize and respect the hidden beauty of urbanity.

In "Reflection," Joan Griffin, whose liturgical projects are represented in Maryland's Torpedo Factory, explores nature. Griffin offers a window into the depth of water, its movement, transparency, clarity. As a vehicle of meditation, the water carries us to other places which are only contained by the boundaries of the piece itself. We flow, we go along, we are transformed.
Susan Iverson, Horizon – The Long Road Home, 2002, 68"x40"
Joan Griffin, Reflection, 2003, 47"x35"

Ruth Manning's honed "people-watching skills" are evident in her pieces such as "Tidy/Untidy" and "Tiptoe." Whimsical and to the point, we are immediately taken in by their size. "Tiptoe, for example, is13" x 4”, of which nine inches are "line" or fringe. The loose threads add to the movement and surface interest of each of the works. Their mosaic- and jewel-like qualities also point up Manning's sense of humor. There is levity in this place.

Ruth Manning, Tidy/Untidy, 2003, 13"x4"
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