Goldman Gallery Presents Languages of Fiber: The vision of five Latin American Artists Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on February 7, 2022

Thu, 10 February 2022 - Sun, 20 March 2022

Courtesy of Goldman Gallery.
Reception: Sunday, February 27 from 4pm to 6pm
Artists talk and demo: Sunday, March 13 from 2pm to 4pm

Languages of Fiber
Highlighting Latin American artists.

This exhibition explores the creative potential of Contemporary Fiber Art through the work of Latin American artists residing in the Washington area.

These artists show cast distinctive approaches utilizing fiber through a variety of media, influenced by their diverse cultures of Latin America.

Artists:
Maria Luisa Benavides, Teresa Camacho Hull, Felisa Federman, Magaly Garza, Cristina Montero and Francisca Oviedo, Sandra Perez-Ramos and  Roxana Rojas Luzon.

Exhibition Statement
This exhibition explores the creative potential of Contemporary Fiber Art through the work of Latin American artists residing in the Washington area.

Fiber art is a branch of the fine arts that utilizes textiles as media. The word textile comes from the Latin textere which means “to weave, to braid or to construct”. There are many methods of textile production, including sewing, weaving, and embroidery, or even covering the surface of cloth with decorative pictures. Textiles take many forms, they may be a rug, a wall hanging, an item of clothing, or even a sculpture. Their roots are in the beginnings of civilization through the works of craft persons that to this day produce objects by hand with variations that suit the intention and imagination of the maker. Contemporary Fiber Art goes beyond craft. Fiber artists today pursue the unknown, create new forms and expressions using old and new technics and materials but emphasizing significance over utility.

The 1960s and 70s brought an international revolution in fiber art beyond weaving; fiber structures were created through knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, pleating, lashing, interlacing, and even braiding. Artists explored the qualities of fibers to develop works that could be hung or freestanding, two or three dimensional, flat, or volumetric, many stories high or miniature, nonobjective or figurative, and representational or fantasy. The works presented in this exhibition are part of this movement and display distinctive approaches to Fiber Art influenced by the diverse cultures of Latin America. Viewers are invited to examine how each artist utilizes a variety of media to materialize their creativity.

The Goldman Gallery is open when the Bender JCC building is open.

Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington is located at 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD.