My friend, April, and I went to the Crane Arts Building on First Friday to see all of the great exhibitions that FiberPhiladelphia 2012 was debuting. Â Along our journey to the two main exhibitions, “Distinguished Educators” and “Outside/Inside the Box,” we stumbled upon two really interesting shows entitled, â€œModified Familiaritiesâ€ and â€œInto the Woods.â€Â These two shows should definitely not be missed.Â They are short, sweet, and thought provoking.
“Synergy” By Sarah Wondrack
“Harmonial Entities” by Sarah Wondrack
When I first entered the Crane Arts Building, some very interesting art pieces caught my eye in the Archive Space. Â The solo show entitled, “Modified Familiarities,” features the artwork ofÂ Sarah Wondrack. Â Sarah Wondrack creates really organic nature inspired shapes and motifs out of common everyday items. Â ”Synergy,” is a 3-D landscape created out of colored pencils. Â The varying hills and valleys create interesting patterns of shadow and light. Â The overall look and feel of the piece is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon or some other cavernous place. Â The romantic undulation of dried leaves in “Harmonial Entities,” was created out of copper wire and coffee stained tracing paper. I enjoyed that Sarah was able to invoke the look of dried fall crunchy leaves out of such ordinary materials.
INTO THE WOODSÂ
(Crane Arts Hall)
“Still Life/Hydrangeas” byÂ Joan Dreyer
InLiquid Art + Design, in conjunction with FiberPhiladelphia 2012, are presenting the show “Into the Woods,” a collaboration by Joan Dryer andÂ Dianne Koppisch Hricko. Â I enjoyed how Dianne Koppisch Kricko was able to create a forrest with a succession of evenly spaced out fabric panels of stark thin trees against a white background. Â The panels, aptly named, “Winter Foliage,” create a great optical illusion as well as serve as a curtain to mask Joan Dreyer’s fascinating creations. Â When April and I entered the woods, we were surprised to find flora created out of dental x-rays, wire, plastic, and metal. Â Joan Dreyer’s “Still Life/Daisies” and “Still Life/Hydrangeas” are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. Â They conjure up the idea of re-birth and death in a very unique way. Â Â
If you would like to learn more about Fiber Philadelphia 2012 and the â€œDistinguished Educatorsâ€ and â€œOutside/Inside the Boxâ€ exhibitions, please read these following two articles:
FiberPhiladelphia 2012 Opening Night with Amy Orr and Bruce Hoffman
â€œDistinguished Educatorsâ€ and â€œOutside/Inside the Boxâ€ are Two Extraordinary FiberPhiladelphia 2012 Exhibitions
Written and photographed byÂ Cassandra Hoo: Contributing Writer,Â SideArtsÂ