Date - November 17, 2018
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT, 06877
Join us for a visit to The Aldrich Museum to see the exhibition Helena Hernmarck: Weaving in Progress. Ms. Hernmarck will be in the studio space so we can observe her process and learn about her work. Before our visit, members are invited to have lunch together at a local restaurant, more details to come.
Cost: $8 for non-members, there is no charge for Aldrich members. Payable at admissions.
Kindly RSVP to Laura by Friday, November 16
HELENA HERNMARCK: WEAVING IN PROGRESS
October 14, 2018 – January 19, 2019
From the website: aldrichart.org
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Helena Hernmarck: Weaving in Progress, organized by The Aldrich’s interim co-director Richard Klein. In addition to exhibiting a selection of her work, Hernmarck, one of the most important contemporary figures in the evolving history of woven tapestries, will be in residence at the Museum from October 14, 2018, to January 13, 2019.
Hernmarck began her career in the 1960s during an explosion of interest in fiber arts. Her innovations over the ensuing years are unsurpassed in visual imagery and technical innovation. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Hernmarck focused her practice on the pictorial, rather than sculptural form and abstraction. Influenced by pop culture, her mature style evolved into the creation of often-monumental tapestries that exhibit complex illusionary space and diverse subject matter, including trompe l’oeil, landscape, still life, and the human figure. Her primary technique, a discontinuous plain weave on top of which she hand picks a supplementary pattern weft, resembles computer pixels, enabling Hernmarck to produce images that expand the use of photographic imagery into territory that is both abstract and realistic.
During Weaving in Progress, the gallery space will not only exhibit a selection of tapestries, but also function as a weaving studio. Three days a week, Hernmarck, and her apprentice Mae Colburn, will be working at the artist’s five-foot-wide Glimåkra Countermarch loom. An inventory of the wool used in the process will be on view, along with a display of materials from the artist’s archive, including photographs, watercolors, drawings, prototype samples, and other ephemera that illustrate and inform Hernmarck’s process and the evolution of her career. The majority of the wool used in the tapestries is spun to her specifications at a family-run spinning mill in Sweden, and hand-dyed to reflect her color sensibilities. Visitors may touch and pick up the skeins of wool, amplifying the material nature of tapestry production.
YouTube: From the Minneapolis Institute of Art, December 22, 2015, Helena Hernmarck – Of Us and Art: The 100 Videos Project, Episode 43
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT