Monday, February 2, 2015

Man Made


During last weekend's Free For All Museum Day, I had the opportunity to take in this fantastic exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum - Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters - including the work of Joe Cunningham, Luke Haynes, Jimmy McBride, Aaron McIntosh, Joel Otterson, Dan Olfe, Shawn Quinlan, and Ben Venom.  The work was powerful and the male aesthetic was evident, with sometimes provocative subject matter exploring sexuality, heavy metal, and popular culture.

The American Context #14 Madame X  Luke Haynes
The American Context #14 Madame X
Luke Haynes, used clothing, new fabric, cotton,
batting, thread, 2013. Courtesy of the artist
I was intrigued with Luke Haynes' American Context series.  These representational figures appliqued on traditional quilt backgrounds made of recycled clothing reference paintings/artworks by other artists.  Even without knowing the references, the bold quilts stand on their own and draw one in.  The pictured "Madame X" was based on a John Singer Sargent painting of the same name.

A familiar name in the quilting world, Joe Cunningham's quilts have an organic quality using current events for inspiration and are wonderful to see in person.

The exhibit includes videos with each artist and worth viewing.  See more artist info on this Urban Outfitters blog post.

Also at CAFAM is a juried photography exhibit: Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video.  Check it out, some striking images not to be missed.

The exhibits run through May 3, 2015.  CAFAM is located at 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. 

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