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School of Architecture & Design News
Oct 11 2011

Geometric Strands; Silk, Glass, Paper

 
NYIT Gallery 61 is pleased to announce the exhibition
Geometric Strands; Silk, Glass, Paper, October 8-27, 2011
16 West 61st Street, 11th floor
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Beth Carney, Jeanne Heifetz, Marilyn Henrion, Claudia Moody-Jones and Linda Rettich.
 
The use of geometric forms of various and unexpected materials is the common theme of the show. Some of the artists are inspired by architectural structures; others by the hard edges of geometric abstraction softened and humanized by the irregularities of texture inherent in materials and construction techniques.
 
Beth Carney is a fiber artist who explains "I inherited my strong attraction to architectural structures from my father and grandfathers, all who were structural engineers. They spent their professional lives working to keep buildings structurally sound, as I do in my pieces." She remembers especially her mother and grandmothers who instilled the passion to create with her hands. She says her art blends her life and professional experiences. “Each piece of me creates an essential element in my work. Art has always been a way to communicate with an open mind, sometimes serious, other times with humor.”
 
Marilyn Henrion uses color, line, and form to create images that are “paying homage to traditional textile forms and hand needlework techniques.”  In the mixed media works, I combine these ancient folk art techniques with modern technologies to create a fusion of past and present. In all of my work, the presence of the human hand remains an important element. 
 
Jeanne Heifetz The Geometry of Hope series pays tribute to the group of postwar Latin-American abstract artists whose work was shown together under that title. My process in this series derives from traditional textile practice, and while the work refers to translucent Korean pojagi [wrapping cloths] I use a non-traditional industrial material – woven stainless steel – as the fabric, completing the design with other industrial materials.
 
Claudia Moody-Jones says, “The vivid colors I am drawn to are influenced by a combination of nature, environment and my African American heritage. I consider myself a mixed-media artist and have been drawing and painting since I was a small child. I work with a variety of mediums: watercolor, inks, markers and acrylic. I love paper and textures and have become intrigued by the shadows produced by folded paper.
 
Linda Rettich Building an object with tiny beads is intense work. The process demands close scrutiny, constant decision-making, flexibility, innovation, and time. Every piece I make is a creative adventure. The quiet, repetitive action of beads-to-needle soothes and relaxes. With a profusion of beads within reach, a threaded needle in my hand, and a visualization that drives me forward, I’m living at my creative edge. It doesn’t get better than that.”

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