I was reading Art in America this morning and came across Albert Oehlen’s exhibition called Fabric Paintings at the Skarstedt in New York City. Here is a review of the show on Hyperallergic if you want to learn more.
I found two things interesting about the Hyperallergic review. Everybody uses fabric and claims it as such except for quilt makers. Why is that? I have my suspicions, and it has to do with stereotypes. Basically if you are an ARTIST you can use whatever materials you want. But if you are quilt maker you probably match your points and have four grandchildren. Lesson here–call yourself an artist and to hell with the matching of anything.
There was also a great quote from Oehlen about “closing doors” and/or working with rules.
“Following a self-imposed set of guidelines certainly gives you more momentum. Forbidding yourself certain things, believing in rules, is a good state to be in. That’s the way to develop as an artist, by giving yourself instructions what to do next.”
I really believe closing doors–saying no to certain things–as in I am not an oven mitt sales lady is super helpful in getting the big picture established in my mind.
And perimeters, well for me, they are not confining. They are more like rules to a game. Once you understand the rules, you can play. Bedienungsmotiv (1996) oil on printed fabric Untitled (1992) Ohne titel (1992)