Rebecca Ward opened her exhibition entitled Shucked & Silked on October 25 at the Barbara Davis Gallery. The exhibition marked a homecoming for Texan-born Rebecca, who now resides in Brooklyn.
The gallery explains that by carefully unraveling and stitching canvas, Rebecca’s work “concurrently deconstructs the detached, fabricated aesthetics of this era.”The deconstructed canvases are accented by muted, almost pastel colors painted in patterns that speak to particular recurring themes, including the relationship between painted two-dimensional images on canvas and the three dimensional fabric upon which the paint lies.
Coat of Many Colors
The interplay between fabricated materials and art permeated the exhibit, an idea that was reinforced by the installation of electrical tape that hung in parallel lines between two walls connected by a corner in the room. We also noted the theme of deconstruction in the offset patterns in several of the works, recalling seams of clothing that don’t quite align, and in the layers of “two”-dimensional paint over unraveled canvas stopping at the point that the unraveled canvas ends.
Rebecca noted that she has been spending more and more time in fabric stores in New York, and that was readily apparent from the textures that Rebecca brings to our attention in the exhibited works. The warm downy fabric in “Coat of Many Colors” contrasted with fine mesh in the work entitled “X” and both of these fabrics highlight the thread-ness of canvas in other works and the flat-ness of the paint that is layered on top of the three-dimensional objects.
Rebecca noted that the installation took only three days to prepare!
The history of the necktie is as rich and colorful as the patterns that adorn them. Designers, actors and royalty in the 1920s and 1930s left a distinctive stamp on the tie that gives the modern man the opportunity