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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Missing Connections

[Sherry Williams dissolve Venetian line, 12" x 16", ink on paper, courtesy Emily Amy Gallery.]

I've got Connections withdrawal (The Met's recently ended 100-episode series during which museum staff ranging from Andrew Bolton, fashion and costume curator, to security manager Jose Rivero make connections between diverse works of art). So today I made one of my own: Dissolve.

[Sherry Williams dissolve to bare glowing, 11" x 14.5", ink on paper courtesy Emily Amy Gallery.]

Sherry Williams's fluid inks on paper have a lightness not unlike the surface of a Vietnamese ceramic.

[Jar (Hu) Vietnam, stoneware with traces of natural glaze, Han-Viet period, 1st - 3rd century, 11 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. Diam. (28.6 x 19.1 cm) Birmingham Museum of Art.]

The connection here may be mostly accidental -- the jar above is very, very old with just remnants of natural glaze which creates the illusion of liquid dissolving on the surface -- but in general Vietnamese ceramics are delicate with refined, often airy, decoration. Think ethereal meets earthy.

BTW, we're at day 16 in the countdown to Dragons and Lotus Blossoms. The biggest Vietnamese ceramics show ever mounted in the U.S. open at the BMA in a little over two weeks. Click here for more.


Emile de Bruijn said...

Fantastic juxtaposition, very apt. It makes one think about the differences between two and three dimensions, between intentionality and accident, between texture and pattern. When is a museum director going to invite you to curate an exhibition? Wouldn't it be great if you could select a number of widely different items from a collection and put them together, bringing out the connections and resonaces between them?

Style Court said...


Yes! I would love an opportunity to do that. Thanks for putting the thought out there.

And your point about 3-D vs. 2-D has further inspired me.