Goings on at Russell Janis Projects
Self-expression at the loom of weavers Molly Haynes and William Storms explores contemporary form through timeless craft. Construction showcases this investigation of woven modernity. Haynes and Storms use their technical experience from their work in the textile industry, coupled with inventive hand technique, to create complimentary bodies of work that blur the lines between art, craft and industrial sensibility.
Construction comprises a crossover of tactile artworks on the wall and sculptural rugs displayed as freestanding objects in the round. While both artists retain their own personal aesthetics, the exhibit is unified by an emphasis on exaggerated woven structure and use of unconventional materials: wire, marine rope, clothesline and deadstock yarns from the textile industry. The evidence of experimental hand-manipulation while on the loom is imperative to both practices, revealing the work of an artist over that of a machine. Restricted color palettes, mainly black and white, further assert the character of the materials and a modern take on ancient craft.
This exhibit is in conjunction with September 2019 New York Textile Month.
September 28th was A Day of Weaving with Molly Haynes and William Storms working on the loom in the gallery.