PHILADELPHIA â€” â€śBeyond Boundaries: Contemporary Fiber Art,â€ť which opens at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Arthur Ross Gallery on Jan. 19, presents six artists whose works are rooted in traditional textile studies but are far from traditional weavers: Lanny Bergner, Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rebecca Medel, Warren Seelig and Tsuguo Yanai.
These artists share a visionary use of industrial and synthetic materials. Bobrowicz weaves monofilament into dancing cosmic glory; Bergner twines industrial screening to create futuristic cocoons; Koenigsberg has manipulated wire mimicking folded fabric; Medel creates monolith suspended forms, resembling ancient portals; Seelig explores the ideas of light and shadow, void of any organic material; and Yanai, renowned Japanese paper maker, has created portraits of famous 20th-century figures. At first glance, these portrait busts resemble lava rock, but they are actually hand-made paper over wire structures.
â€śBeyond Boundaries: Contemporary Fiber Artâ€ť runs through March 16. Organized by guest curator Bruce Hoffman, director of the Snyderman Works Gallery, the exhibition is part of a city-wide fiber show and international symposium March 6-8 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Arthur Ross Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from noon-5 p.m.
Additional information is available at www.upenn.edu/ARG/ or 215-898-2083.