david is a friend of mine from vermont studio center. i loved visiting his studio because there was always so much going on- he worked on a lot of paintings at once. they're all different sizes and he often hung them clustered together on the wall (sort of like frames of a comic book). the imagery in his work is so original and unexpected... he's developed his own iconography.
here are a few photos that i took in his studio to give you an idea of the scale:
nina katchadourian was a visiting artist during my year at vermont studio center and this is one of my favorite pieces by her. using red thread, she carefully repaired broken spider webs- only to have the repair torn out and the web mended by a spider each night...
"Ross-Ho’s paintings similarly broach the uncanny. Translated from images of doilies or macramé wall hangings, her intricate webs are manufactured in grandiose scale, cut from painted black canvas dropcloths, or carved in sheet rock. Their recognition and domestic symbolism becomes estranged, placed out of context through size and materiality. Construing kitsch with the elegance of minimalism, Ross-Ho presents the sentimentality of tchotchke as emotive voids, displacing homey intimacy to the realm of objective contemplation."
these scans are from the book "weaving off-loom," first published in 1973. yes, my taste level is questionable, but i loved it! i think that macrame has the potential of being reinvented as an elegant, interesting medium.
i'm glad the photos in the book are black and white... i imagine the color schemes would have been quite jarring.
the one on the left is 6 feet long!
this is a room divider... amazing!
i hope some crafter bought these illustrations to life at some point...
this whole page is great... a woven lampshade with beads! a woven plant holder with gourd! a contemplation tunnel!