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


Horizontal Thinking

[Sarah Hinckley, Possibilities at the Door, 2012, oil on canvas. dm contemporary.] 

[Sarah Hinckley, Say the Word and You'll be Free (3), 2012, watercolor and gouache on
 Fabriano paper. dm contemporary.] 

[Sarah Hinckley, Seasons of My Life (6), 2012, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper. dm contemporary. The artist's show continues through November 9.] 

On view right now at dm contemporary, NYC, is a solo exhibition of new works by Sarah Hinckley,  Everywhere Tomorrow. The show includes paintings with those soft shades and clean, landscape-like horizontal bands Hinckley is known for but she's also ventured out with richer colors and rougher brushwork. And although she currently lives in the city, her childhood by the sea comes through in a lot of the imagery.

Whenever I've spent some time looking at Hinckley's pieces, I tend to start seeing horizontal bands everywhere.

For example, the hand-woven Sorbet stripes in Proud Mary's pillow and rug.

Both were crafted in Guatemala and represent a contemporary spin on centuries-old Central American weaving traditions. Below are a few older examples.

[20th-century Guatemalan cotton textile presented to The Met in 1953 by Edna S. Brodie.]

[This 20th-century cotton and wool Guatemalan piece was also given to The Met in the 50s by Mr. E. L. Waid.]

Museums with exceptional collections of Guatemalan textiles are generally thought to include MARI at Tulane (Middle American Research Institute), Pitt Rivers, and, not surprisingly, the V & A. British archeologist Alfred P. Maudslay bequeathed to the V & A his 19th-century Guatemalan weavings.

[Warp-faced plain weave cotton sash, Guatemala 1875-1890. Maudslay Collection at V & A.]

[Huipil panel, woven cotton brocaded with cotton, wool and silk, Guatemala 1875-1890.
 Maudslay Collection at V & A.]

First editions of A Glimpse at Guatemala, the beautifully illustrated book he co-authored with his wife Ann Cary Maudslay in 1899, are highly collectable. The couple honeymooned in Guatemala in 1894 and together documented their surroundings. While the trip was one of many for A.P. Maudslay, this tome seems especially interesting since it represents Central American culture as seen through both perspectives.

[Images via High Street Market.]

Back to North America, present day, High Street Market is offering cozy, hand-double-braided in Philadelphia, wool rugs (reversible Zealand wool, to be precise). As you can see, High Street founder, designer Kelly Robson, went with horizontal stripes.


Anonymous said...

The wonderful Huipil panel reminds me of Gerhard Richter in one of his more geometrically abstract moods

Style Court said...

I love that comparison to Richter. These images illustrate your point: