I keep coming across playful works featuring balloons and bubbles. I think I'm attracted to the idea that they appear to be ephemeral, but, have been fabricated to last *forever*.
The first time I saw a piece from Claire Zeisler in person, it was part of an impressive private collection in Chicago. I was a guest in the home of the collector while working as an assistant to an artist who was about to be added to the collection. It was all very exciting. I was sitting on a couch listening to the couple tell stories about how they acquired the paintings covering every inch of wall. But, I was distracted the entire time by the amazing waterfall of red ropes gracefully falling from the ceiling and pooling onto the floor. The puddle of fibers was liquid and solid at the same time. The red and orange color was vibrating. Fiber arts were FAR from en vogue at the time, yet this was something I couldn't look away from. I hope you all get to experience something like this with Zeisler's work someday. You won't soon forget it.
Below are a few images of new fibers artworks. In the 70s, Zeisler paved the way and these fiber works today to continue to explore scale, texture and context. Fun stuff.
One of the many reasons to love summer is fresh beautiful produce. Mmm I love summer food. These works of art and design are celebrating, with the rest of us, that there's some seasonal goodness headed our way for a while.